It’s not all about recruitment: Support and Retention are Essential to the Practice of EDI

March 04, 2019

Event Details

Date: Monday, March 4, 2019     2:30 – 4:30 pm

SpeakerCarl James, Professor, Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community & Diaspora, Faculty of Education, York University

In conversation with Kumari Beck, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education and Co-Director, Centre for Research on International Education and Dr. Özlem Sensoy, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education and Associate Director, Centre for Education, Law and Society

Final Word on Needed Next Steps in EDI at SFU from June Francis, Director, Institute for Diaspora Research and Engagement

Location: Room 126, Halpern Centre, Burnaby campus


Recording Details

If you were not able to participate in this event in-person, and wish to view the recording of it, please stay tuned as we are working on getting it posted.


Recommended readings: 

"We Are All for Diversity, but...": How Faculty Hiring Committees Reproduce Whiteness and Practical Suggestions for How They Can Change (Sensoy & DiAngelo)

"You Know Why You Were Hired, Don't You?" Expectations and Challenges in University Appointments (James)

Discussion questions:

1. Why Equity, Diversity and Inclusion? What do the terms mean to the respective faculties/department?

2. Who is being recruited and why?

3. How do you know the composition of your faculty and in what areas should efforts be put with regard to recruitment?

4. Is the department, faculty, university “ready” for a diverse faculty? 

5. What does “ready” really mean? 

6. What supports are needed and why, in terms of having a “diverse” faculty?  

7. How will diversity be assessed/measured?


About the Presenter

Carl James holds the Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community and Diaspora in the Faculty of Education, at York University, Toronto, where he is also the Affirmative Action, Equity & Inclusivity Officer. He teaches in the Faculty of Education and in the Graduate Programs in Sociology, Social and Political Thought, and Social Work.

James’ research includes: examination of how race, ethnicity, gender, class and citizenship/immigrant status intersect and affect accessible and equitable opportunities and outcomes in education, employment and well-being for marginalized and racialized people. He was elected Fellow in the Royal Society of Canada; and awarded an honorary doctorate from Uppsala University, Sweden where he also taught for 17 years as a visiting Course Director in the Faculty of Education. He holds numerous scholarly and community awards for his equity, social justice and community work.

He holds a PhD in Sociology and has written and authored, coauthored, edited and co-edited several books, book chapters, and journal articles in which he brings attention to the issues, limitations, contradictions and paradoxes of the experiences of racialized Canadians seeking to move us beyond the essentialist, universalizing, and homogenizing representations and notions that account for their situation in Canadian society. Publications include: The Equity Myth: Racialization and Indigeneity at Canadian Universities (2017; authored with F. Henry, E. Dua, A. Kobayashi, P. Li, H. Ramos, M.S. Smith) and Life at the Intersection: Community, Class and Schooling; Seeing Ourselves: Exploring Race, Ethnicity and Identity (2010).