Canada COMMENTARY: Years of anti-racism at Canadian universities but little action
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Aheer also said she took exception to the question given that she has spoken out against racism in the past. “I don’t know if you read an article that I wrote about a year and a half ago about white supremacy. I have absolutely been exposed to that in my past,” she said.“I find this question to be very disingenuous considering my own background, and considering what I have had actually had to put up with in my lifetime when it comes to white supremacy.”Aheer is of East Asian descent on her father's side.Premier Jason Kenney’s office did not respond to a request for comment on the march.
Last fall, around 20 students sat-in for five days to demand concrete action on institutional anti-Black racism at the. Similar actions took place at the University of Windsor where two groups, and , started social media campaigns to reveal institutional racism. To do this they that contained racist slurs, homophobic language and lynching threats from members of the connected to the university.
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The protests are a symptom of theacross Canadian universities. Examples include and in their . In 2019, a published anti-Black, anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant rhetoric.
This explicit climate of racist hostility across Canadian universities endangers our collective commitment to human rights, and it iswho have assumed the burden of exposing it and demanding accountability from university administrations.
Students expose this racism at great risk to their future educational and career prospects. While managing assignments, lectures and group projects during an, they have taken to social media to organize protests and initiate letter campaigns to administrators.
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This public exposure has attractedto these students as well as faculty. The continuous on their mental health is enormous. University of Windsor student Ruth Bisrat : “This is something I would literally have nightmares about ….”
In response, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) Chief Commissioner Ena Chadha wroteto university administrators. She said:
“It is problematic that students have felt the need to independently seek OHRC support, when the primary responsibility for addressing human rights issues at their institutions does not rest with them. … Instead, the legal and practical responsibility to examine the conditions, challenges and impediments to a respectful learning environment is in the hands of the ‘directing minds’ of universities, namely senior administrators and their human rights advisers.”
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University administrations have convened task forces over multiple decades, and each has issued a report recommending action. These recommendations are remarkably similar across time and institution. A consolidation of the findings of the anti-racism working groups of 10 Canadian universities indicates that the reports overlap almost entirely and have said largely the same things since the mid-1990s.
However, each represents countless hours of work by students, faculty and staff who are effectively volunteering. They have a genuine hope that their work would lead to an end to racism on their campus.
Here are some of the recommendations:
Build (through targeted recruitment) and retain (through active intervention) a diverse community in which students of all races are represented in proportion to the community, and all cultures are respected.
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Increase hiring and promotion of racialized community members, so that faculty and administration, particularly, reflect the communities their universities serve.
Systematically collect race-based data to facilitate the benchmarking of equity goals.
Support research curricula, centres and funding around racialization.
Create a clear and cogent anti-racist policy that streamlines the human rights process for those experiencing racism at the university.
Build, staff, resource, and empower a human rights or equity diversity and inclusion office with a mandate to train for and administer an equitable community in which to work and learn.
Create a mentorship program to facilitate the success of students, staff and faculty.
These communities have collectively invested our university communities’ time, energy and expertise in determining what the problems are, how damaging they are to our communities and what should be done to mitigate them.
Students continue to mobilize, demonstrating that the esteem to which universities are held is in the balance. Faculty, staff and community stakeholders have demanded an end to the scandals at the universities we have all worked to build.
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Given this evidence of historical work, administrators can no longer claim to lack the knowledge of what needs to be done. What they perhaps lack is the will to carry the recommendations out.
Enough with the feigned ignorance and helplessness: university administrators must do the things we know we must do to meet our human rights obligations to all university community members, irrespective of race.
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