Black people have long been underrepresented in Canadian institutions of higher education, but in recent years a shift has taken place. As the tide changes and the number of Black students, faculty and curriculum initiatives increase, are Canadian campuses truly serving Black students more effectively?
This Black History Month, the Toronto International Festival of Authors and Kuumba invite you to explore this question through both an academic and personal lens. Join moderator Clelia O. Rodríguez with two award-winning educators and authors Eternity Martis (They Said This Would Be Fun: Race, Campus, and Growing Up, 2020) and rosalind hampton (Black Racialization and Resistance at an Elite University, 2020) for a crucial conversation about navigating through white spaces as a student of colour, and what needs to be done to further deconstruct barriers. Hosted by Téa Mutonji.
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Kuumba is Toronto’s longest-running celebration of Black History Month. This year, Kuumba25 examines the past through cultural expression, ritual and memorabilia, while re-envisioning identities through art, culture and education. Click here to learn more about Kuumba and view upcoming events and activities.
rosalind hampton is an educator and activist from Montreal who works as a professor in the Department of Social Justice Education at the University of Toronto. Her areas of research and teaching include Black radical thinkers and artists, Black Studies in Canada, racialized social relations in higher education, student activism, and arts informed methods of inquiry. Her forthcoming book, Black Racialization and Resistance at an Elite University (UTP, 2020) examines Black people’s experiences of studying and teaching at McGill University since the late 1950s, and how these experiences have been shaped by ruling relations of settler colonialism and racial capitalism.
Eternity Martis is a senior editor at Xtra. She is a graduate of Western University, where she completed a double honours major in English Language and Literature and Women's Studies along with a Certificate in Writing. She also holds a Master of Journalism from Ryerson University. Her writing has been featured in Vice, Huffington Post, The Walrus, CBC, Hazlitt, tvo.org, The Fader, The Agenda, and was selected by Roxane Gay as part of Salon's series highlighting writers of colour. Her work has helped change media style guides across Canada. Her articles have been featured on syllabuses at Western University, Carleton University, University of Ottawa, University of West Indies St. Augustine and on numerous #BlackLivesMatter syllabuses around the world. Eternity recently wrote an essay for Black Writers Matter (University of Regina Press 2019). In 2018, she won Gold for Best Investigative Feature at the Canadian Online Publishing Awards for her piece "The Health Effects of Anti-Black Racism." In 2017, she was a National Magazine Awards finalist for Best New Writer and Best Editorial Package. Eternity also runs a coaching and editing business, teaching emerging writers from marginalized groups how to write fearlessly and compassionately.
Téa Mutonji is a Congolese-born writer currently living in Scarborough. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Puritan, Train Poetry Journal, Bad Nudes and Minola Review. Mutonji was the recipient of the Jason Sung Memorial Award in Creative Writing awarded by The University of Toronto Scarborough. Mutonji’s debut collection of short fiction will be the first title published under Vivek Shraya’s newest imprint, VS. Books, in association with Arsenal Pulp Press.
Clelia O. Rodríguez is an educator born and raised in El Salvador. She graduated from York University with a Specialized Honours BA, specializing in Hispanic Literature. She earned her MA and PhD from the University of Toronto. Dr. Rodríguez has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Spanish language, literature and culture at the University of Toronto, Washington College, the University of Ghana and the University of Michigan, most recently. She was also a Human Rights Traveling Professor in the United States, Nepal, Jordan, and Chile as part of the International Honors Program (IHP) for the School of International Training (SIT). Most recently, she was a Gender Academic Advisor in Bolivia as part of part of partnership between CECI and Global Affairs Canada. She is the author of Decolonizing Academia: Poverty, Oppression and Pain (Fernwood Publishing, 2018). She is currently in a second book project tentatively titled The Politics of the Uterus. Her publications are available here.