Proposal Title

Reaching Towards Equity and Inclusion in Complex Times

Presentation Type

Round Table Discussion

Alternative Presentation Type:

reg_presentation

Location

OM 3612

Start Date

19-2-2018 12:45 PM

End Date

19-2-2018 1:25 PM

Proposal Abstract

In our complex historical time, TRU’s unique demographic composition represents an advantage, but also a challenge. While the cultural plurality of our student body, faculty, and staff is an undeniable resource for the development of a rich and cosmopolitan university experience, the increasing convergence of groups with different ethnic backgrounds also creates the potential for cultural frictions and even acts of discrimination and inequitable treatment.Moreover, the increased public presence of ethnic nationalism around the world and in Canada has sparked renewed interest in the balance between free expression and equality rights at universities. All around the world, ethnic prejudice has been emboldened, political parties and grassroots organizations of the extreme right have not only legitimized the presence of Islamophobic, anti-Semitic and old forms of racism and cultural intolerance in the public space, but have also achieved previously non-existent visibility, allowing them access to new audiences that may be susceptible to their political discourse. At the same time, there is a growing reaction against the presence and achievements of equality movements, such as feminism and LGTBQI. Influenced by the emergence of these realities, classrooms and public spaces in universities have increasingly become sites of politically and emotionally charged exchanges between groups who subscribe to deeply conflicted ideologies. During this roundtable discussion, we will review promising practices and share pedagogies that allow for the inclusion of multiple perspectives while at the same time decreasing the risk of full blown conflict or unsafe learning environments for students.

Statement

This session relates directly to the themes of inclusion, indigenization, internationalization, interculturalization, and community. It invites TRU instructors and staff to consider how we might be intentional and proactive in addressing potential risks and conflicts in times of increased polarization and divisiveness around diversity topics.

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Feb 19th, 12:45 PM Feb 19th, 1:25 PM

Reaching Towards Equity and Inclusion in Complex Times

OM 3612

In our complex historical time, TRU’s unique demographic composition represents an advantage, but also a challenge. While the cultural plurality of our student body, faculty, and staff is an undeniable resource for the development of a rich and cosmopolitan university experience, the increasing convergence of groups with different ethnic backgrounds also creates the potential for cultural frictions and even acts of discrimination and inequitable treatment.Moreover, the increased public presence of ethnic nationalism around the world and in Canada has sparked renewed interest in the balance between free expression and equality rights at universities. All around the world, ethnic prejudice has been emboldened, political parties and grassroots organizations of the extreme right have not only legitimized the presence of Islamophobic, anti-Semitic and old forms of racism and cultural intolerance in the public space, but have also achieved previously non-existent visibility, allowing them access to new audiences that may be susceptible to their political discourse. At the same time, there is a growing reaction against the presence and achievements of equality movements, such as feminism and LGTBQI. Influenced by the emergence of these realities, classrooms and public spaces in universities have increasingly become sites of politically and emotionally charged exchanges between groups who subscribe to deeply conflicted ideologies. During this roundtable discussion, we will review promising practices and share pedagogies that allow for the inclusion of multiple perspectives while at the same time decreasing the risk of full blown conflict or unsafe learning environments for students.