Black History Month events and more from the Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office

Black History Month

February 6, 2023
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm        
Black History Month Symposium – What Has Changed: The Role of Attitudinal Barriers to Advancing Black Inclusion  


Understand attitudinal barriers that manifest in current and historical perceptions about Blackness and Black communities;
Identify and discuss the role of post-secondary environments and attitudinal barriers that impact efforts to address systemic anti-Black racism;
Identify and discuss the strategies, tools and resources to strengthen advocacy and EDI transformation efforts to address intersectional forms of anti-Black racism in post-secondary environments..  

Keynote address followed by a panel discussion with Black leaders within post-secondary education.  

Audience: Faculty, Staff, Students and External Community.

Format: Virtual – Zoom Platform    
February 28, 2023 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm  Nation Building through Poetry: A Poet Laureate Cypher
In collaboration with Hart House

Titilope Sonuga, Poet, Playwright and Performer
Randell Adjel, Transformational Speaker, Spoken Word Practitioner and Arts Educator
Rebecca Thomas, Poet, Outdoor Educator and Children’s Literature Author  

Format: In-Person
Location: Hart House Theatre, 7 Hart House Circle, University of Toronto

Audience: Faculty, Staff, Students and External Community.  
  Further information and registration for Black History Month events.

Black History 365 Calendar

ARCDO compiles a list of all the events, campaigns, and initiatives planned across U of T’s three campuses that recognize and honour Black History.

As we look ahead to the celebration of Black History Month, we invite you to submit any event/campaign/initiative to the Black History 365 Calendar. Submissions are welcome from students, staff, faculty, librarians and chaplains. To submit an event to the Black History 365 Calendar please complete the submission form.

Training & Workshops

February 15, 2023
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Addressing Racial Microaggressions: Tools, Strategies and Discussions  

Audience: Students
Format: Virtual – Zoom    
Further information and registration for Training & Workshops.

Reflect. Restore. Action.

February 10, 2023
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Rest as Resistance  

We have been deeply impacted by the last three years, and rather than fighting systems of oppression or anti-blackness with our words, we invite participants to engage with practices that root ourselves in our right to rest and engage in community care. The session will start off with a gentle meditation and movement. This session is for Black participants to engage with the practice of being, rather than consistently doing, an invitation to reframing cultures of overworking and productivity. This session is informed by the work of Tricia Hersey – rest as resistance.  

Facilitator: Yamikani Msosa, Movement Instructor, Hill Studio
Audience: Faculty, Staff and Students at the University of Toronto who identify as members of Black community.
Format: Virtual – Zoom Platform    
Further information and registration for Reflect. Restore. Action events.

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