Program Schedule

Day 1 - Thursday, October 1, 2020

12:00 - 12:20 p.m. EDT | Welcome

Overview of Purpose, Expectations and Outcomes

12:20 - 1:30 p.m. EDT| Challenges and Barriers to Change

Plenary Talk 1

Anti-Black Racism in the Academy: The Personal, the Systemic, and their Intersections (10 min)

 Barrington Walker

Associate Vice-President, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Wilfrid Laurier University

Concurrent Dialogues 1: Concurrent sessions (60 mins)

1:30 - 1:50 p.m. EDT



1:50 - 3:00 p.m. EDT| Identifying Opportunities for Change


Plenary Talk 2: Critique of Deficit Model

and Critical Introspection for Black Inclusion (10 mins)

Malinda Smith

Vice-Provost, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion,

University of Calgary

Concurrent Dialogues 2: Concurrent sessions (60 mins)


3:00 - 3:20 p.m. EDT



3:20 - 4:00 p.m. EDT| Overview of Dialogues and Setting the Stage for Action



Plenary Discussion 1 : Key insights from Concurrent Dialogues (25 mins)

  • Moderator: Michael Charles, Assistant Vice-President and University Advisor Equity and Inclusive Communities, Carleton University
  • Desmond Pouyat, Dean of Student Experience and Wellbeing – U of T Scarborough (Student Access and Success)
  • Heather Hines, Director, Undergraduate Programs & Student Services, Department of Management – U of T Mississauga (Staff Access and Success)
  • Alissa Trotz, Director, Women and Gender Studies – U of T St. George Faculty Access and Success)
  • Dexter Voisin, Dean, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work – U of T St. George (Inclusive Decision-Making Structures)


Plenary Talk 3: Wrap-up: Key Take-Aways for Action (5 mins)

Mike DeGagne

Former President and Vice-Chancellor,

Yukon University

Incoming President and CEO of Indspire


Day 2 - Friday, October 2, 2020

12:00 - 1:15 p.m. EDT| Institutional Actions & Accountability

Recap of Day 1 (5 mins)


 Ananya Mukherjee Reed

Provost and Vice-President Academic

University of British Columbia Okanagan

Plenary Talk 4: Key Considerations for Action (10 mins)

Theresa Rajack-Talley

Vice Provost, Equity and Inclusion, Dalhousie University

Concurrent Dialogues 3: Concurrent sessions (60 mins)


1:15 - 1:35 p.m. EDT



1:35 - 2:45 p.m. EDT| Sector-wide Actions & Accountability


Plenary Talk 5: What Matters Beyond Individual Institutions? (10 mins)

Gervan Fearon

President and Vice-Chancellor, Brock University 

Concurrent Dialogues 4: Concurrent sessions (60 mins)


2:45 - 3:05 p.m. EDT



3:05 - 4:00 p.m. EDT | Co-Creating the Scarborough National Charter of Principles, Commitments and Actions


Plenary Discussion 2: Deliberations on a National Charter with Legs and Teeth (45 mins)

  • Moderator: Kimberley Tull, Director, Community and Learning Partnerships and Access Pathways, U of T Scarborough
  • Maydianne Andrade, Vice-Dean, Faculty Affairs, Equity & Success, U of T Scarborough
  • Robert Summerby-Murray, President and Vice-Chancellor, Saint Mary’s University  
  • Marie-Claude Rigaud, Associate Secretary General, University of Montreal
  • Kofi Campbell, Vice-President, Academic, and Dean, Renison University College
  • Kelly Hannah-Moffat, Vice-President, Human Resources & Equity, U of T St. George 


Plenary Talk 6: Wrap-Up & Next Steps for Action (15 mins)

  • Wisdom Tettey, Vice-President, University of Toronto, and Principal, U of T Scarborough
  • Karima Hashmani, Executive Director, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, U of T St. George