Curriculum & Instruction: Equity Studies in Education MA, MEd


Upcoming Event

Monday, November 18th, 2019

You Say You Want a Revolution: Criticalizing Youth Activism in the Post-Truth Era
Shirley R. Steinberg, PhD

How do we become critical allies and supporters of youth, without becoming their critics?  Our futures are determined by our desire to understand and work authentically with youth as educators, community workers, and activists. In order to become facilitators and supporters of our youth, it is essential to discuss the history and culture of youth and to contextualize the worth of an empowered youth population. 

Past Events

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

Intersections and Interventions: Making Visible the Invisible Violence of Power
Yasmin Jiwani, PhD

This presentation focuses on the role of the mainstream media in making visible, hyper-visible and invisible the violence of power. Through intersectional frames of analysis of specific spectacular cases of violence, Dr. Jiwani interrogates how frames make certain bodies legible by situating them in a matrix of meaning that rationalizes certain kinds of responses and valuations of worthiness and grievability. Dr. Jiwani ends with an examination of various tactical interventions as pedagogies of hope in countering and talking back to the violence(s) of power. Learn more...

A recording of Dr. Jiwani’s talk can be viewed here:

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism
Robin DiAngelo, PhD

White people in the U.S. and Canada live in a society that is deeply separate and unequal by race, and white people are the beneficiaries of that separation and inequality. As a result, we are insulated from racial stress, at the same time that we come to feel entitled to and deserving of our advantage. Given how seldom we experience racial discomfort, we haven’t had to build our racial stamina. We consider a challenge to our racial worldviews as a challenge to our very identities as good, moral people. Thus, we perceive any attempt to connect us to the system of racism as an unsettling and unfair moral offense. The smallest amount of racial stress is intolerable—the mere suggestion that being white has meaning often triggers a range of defensive responses. These include emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt and behaviors such as argumentation, silence, and withdrawal from the stress-inducing situation. These responses work to reinstate white equilibrium as they repel the challenge, return our racial comfort, and maintain our dominance within the racial hierarchy. I conceptualize this process as white fragility. This talk will provide an overview of the socialization that inculcates white fragility and the perspectives and skills needed for white people to build their racial stamina and engage more constructively across race. Read more...

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

Awareness and Prevention of Sexualized Violence Against Indigenous Women and Girls: Dismantling and Deconstructing Colonial Constructs
Lisa Monchalin, PhD

Indigenous women in Canada are hypersexualized through all facets of western media and culture stemming from imperial colonial legacies. These ideas and misrepresentations have permeated institutions, infused today’s value systems, and have become embedded in western media and culture. It is argued that this sexualization is tied to extreme levels of violence and victimization affecting Indigenous women today. In this presentation, the dominant western narratives are deconstructed, challenged, and re-evaluated in an effort to raise awareness, examine solutions, and explore possibilities for next steps forward. It is argued that Indigenous women are a driving force for change. Many are raising awareness and empowering communities through cultural reclamation, acts of resurgence, and self-expression through art, music, and dance. Read more...

  • Next Start Term: Fall 2020
  • Apply starting November 1, 2019
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