COVID-19 has exacerbated longstanding systemic injustices as highlighted by Black and racialized communities being further exposed and disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. With the return to school, neighbourhoods more highly impacted by COVID-19 tend to be the ones with more frontline workers who are not left with many ‘choices’ regarding their children’s educational options.
Moreover, the brutal murder of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor marked a resurgence of global uprisings. Canada is not immune to police brutality, and folks resisted systemic anti-Black racism with calls to defund and abolish police after the death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet and countless others. Educational activists, scholars and leaders have also long called for the dismantling of anti-Black racism from the education system which leads to the school-to-prison pipeline and disproportionate schooling outcomes for Black, Indigenous, and racialized students.
The Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies is proud to introduce a renowned group of speakers and moderators:
Phiona Lloyd-Henry | Educator and Vice Principle, Peel District School Board; Former Instructional Coordinator for Equity and Inclusion Education and Coordinator, We Rise Together Action Plan
Nigel Barriffe | Executive Officer, Elementary Teachers of Toronto, President of Urban Alliance on Race Relations, Board Member, Canadian Anti- Hate Network and Organizer, Ontario Education Workers United
Anna-Kay Brown | Co-chair, Jane Finch Education Action Group, mother and community organizer
Co-Moderator: Janelle Brady | Anti-Racist Educator, Activist Researcher and Community Organizer, OISE U of T P.h.D Student and CIARS Coordinator
Co-Moderator: Julie Usih | Social Justice Education, OISE U of T M.A. Student
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