Feb. 6: 2020 Black History Symposium

The University of Toronto’s Black History 365 Committee and the Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office | Human Resources & Equity, invites you to attend the Black History Symposium – Complexities of Blackness: Stories Told, Strategies Shared. This inaugural event will provide the U of T community the opportunity to increase the dialogue on the intersectionality of the Black identity and the tools needed to navigate spaces in the post-secondary environment.

This will be an opportunity for you to hear an illuminating keynote address about the initiatives and successes of the Anti-Black Racism Unit within the City of Toronto and the responsibility of post-secondary institutions in combatting anti-Black racism with a focus on tools and opportunities to advance the work. This will be followed by an inspiring panel discussion on the dynamism of the Black identity and the postsecondary experience with outstanding U of T community members from across our three campuses:

Keynote Address:

  • Aina-Nia Ayo’dele Grant, Director, Community Resources Section, Social Development, Finance and Administration, City of Toronto


  • Dr. Andrew Campbell, Adjunct Lecturer, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
  • Michael Junior Samakayi, Vice President Equity, University of Toronto Students’ Union
  • Mairi McKenna Edwards, Coordinator, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Training, Student Life


  • Dr. Maydianne Andrade, Professor and Vice-Dean Faculty Affairs & Equity, University of Toronto Scarborough


  • Martina Douglas, Program Coordinator, Equity & Diversity Office, University of Toronto Mississauga

We look forward to having you join us for this engaging symposium. Register via this link.

Note: This event will also be live streamed. The live stream link will be available on the ARCDO website soon.


Thursday, February 6, 2020
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Registration & Light Refreshments
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Symposium Keynote Address & Panel Discussion

Campbell Conference Facility (St. George)
Munk School of Global Affairs
1 Devonshire Place

View the U of T’s online calendar in recognition of Black History Month.

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