National research aimed at reforming Canada’s justice system

Experts to examine systemic problems, make evidence-based recommendations

National research aimed at reforming Canada’s justice systemA research team led by a University of Alberta scholar has received nearly $2.5 million in new federal funding for a national research project aimed at reforming the Canadian justice system. The team, headed by sociologist Sandra Bucerius and including the United Way and academic experts on the court and prison systems from across Canada, was awarded a Partnership Grant from…

Students create online space to expose, address injustices in Canada

There is power in your voice, say the creators of Canada Confesses

Students create online space to expose, address injustices in CanadaAfter the murder of George Floyd and the American Black Lives Matter protests of 2020, Nancy Tangon and Priscilla Ojomu were dismayed by some of the Canadian reaction. The two University of Alberta psychology students kept hearing the same refrain: “Thank God we’re not the U.S., with their toxic racism. We don’t have those problems…

Group gives black students a voice and a welcoming space

The Black Graduate Students’ Association helps build a more inclusive university for all students

Group gives black students a voice and a welcoming spaceHeather Gray Lamm’s introduction to the Black Graduate Students’ Association came while she was sitting on the floor of the Butterdome at the University of Alberta. Lamm, a new graduate student, was taking a moment amidst the chaos and crowd of orientation to figure out where she was supposed to be. “You’re easily invisible in such…

How to combat ageism in the workplace

How do you attract and retain over 50s talent?

How to combat ageism in the workplaceAs we lead longer and healthier lives, the reality for many of us is that we will need to, or indeed want to, work longer than previous generations. However, despite this, ageism in the workplace continues to hold people and businesses back. Ageism at work largely ignores the many positive attributes mature-age colleagues bring to…

The high price of falling prey to cancel culture

Cancel culture plays right into the wheelhouse of those who are angry, fearful and manipulative

The high price of falling prey to cancel cultureThe Merriam-Webster dictionary defines ‘cancel culture’ as “the practice or tendency of engaging in mass cancelling as a way of expressing disapproval and exerting social pressure.” This is nothing new; we see numerous examples of what we now call cancel culture in history. Society cancelled people it disapproved of during witch hunts. The aristocracy was…

It’s time to put the myth of ‘white privilege’ to bed

Institutional, systemic discrimination was attacked root and branch as far back as seven decades ago

It’s time to put the myth of ‘white privilege’ to bedWhen Jordan Peterson recently tweeted out a copy of Home Depot’s ‘white privilege’ memorandum given to its staff, it rightly caused a stir: Yet another corporation’s diversity, equity and inclusion staff parroting a simplistic academic theory. The memo offered the usual assumption that one’s skin colour explains incomes and opportunities, or not. It includes the…

Internship program supporting Black students in STEM expands to Ottawa

The ELITE program gives participants tools and skills to break down barriers in STEM careers

Internship program supporting Black students in STEM expands to OttawaIt takes more than technical knowledge to succeed in a career in science, technology, engineering or math. It takes a network of support and skills beyond the strictly academic, said engineering professor André McDonald. Black students face particular challenges, which is why McDonald founded a program at the University of Alberta in 2021 to support and…

Why we need a statute of limitations against the past

The case against (most) reparations

Why we need a statute of limitations against the pastThe following is an excerpt from The Victim Cult: How The Grievance Culture Hurts Everyone And Wrecks Civilizations by Mark Milke. In this excerpt, Milke details how the “new” definition of racism from Ibram X. Kendi and others hollow out hard facts and reasoned analyses when a monocausal explanation – racism – is offered up for all observed…

People from under-represented communities take centre stage

Facilitators say the experience has given them a new perspective on telling stories through drama

People from under-represented communities take centre stageIn an all-too-familiar tense scene, a fraudulent immigration officer demands money from a Filipino immigrant intent on starting a new life in Canada. Empowered by the audience, the immigrant pushes back, refusing to comply. It’s a scene that hits home with everyone in the room – all of them migrant workers in Edmonton turning to…

Website offers global hub for research on decolonization, anti-racism

Anti-Racism Lab highlights international research, amplifies scholars’ voices and increases engagement

Website offers global hub for research on decolonization, anti-racismA new online hub is bringing together scholars and students from around the world to share research, amplify voices and encourage conversations about decolonization and anti-racism in universities. “One of the things that’s really important for us to think about as educators in universities is the racial trauma that BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of…
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