In my opinion
We should use what we learned during the COVID-19 pandemic to make university study and work more equitable and inclusive.
An invitation to decolonize universities through collaboration.
A cognitive science professor finds little difference between using “the Netflix model” versus “the Disney+ model.”
Reconciliation in education begins by acknowledging how educational systems — in particular, our universities, teacher education programs and curricula — have reproduced systemic anti-Indigenous racisms across Canada.
Orientation week assaults persist because they are normalized as part of university culture.
Hostile exchanges are quickly coming to the forefront of issues confronting human resources departments.
Campus mandates are not forced vaccinations. Mandates offer choices: receive or decline the vaccine.
The social network website Goodreads provides insight into what some women are reading.
The lack of any structural acknowledgement about the toll that COVID is taking on parents and caregivers is a grave failing at the institutional level.
Universities need people, policies and protocols that take into account how to support the success of BIPOC students from an equity, not equality, perspective.
Ryerson University needs to embrace an approach that prioritizes the public interest and truly listens to public conversations about decolonization.
Academic freedom means academics can reflect on any topic, but can they fuel racist thinking?
What happens when someone outside of the university community co-ordinates a mass email campaign demanding the firing of a faculty member? University policies need to cover this.
Looking at how BIPOC faculty are paid and treated when they first enter academia, and truly listening to them, would be a good first step in changing white privilege.
Weighing unrestricted expression against fostering a tolerant public sphere will test the fundamental freedoms we cherish in our democratic society.
Getting students back to pre-COVID-19 standards will be a delicate act.
In teaching students debating skills, are we preparing them to build the world we want?
The pandemic has made the important work of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, and of aggressively fighting resurgent racism at an institutional level, all the more urgent.
There’s no need to create a teaching schedule for the fall. Students have been telling us how to create a learning environment that makes sense. We should listen to them.
Universities should be places for people to discover their own ways of contributing to their communities, not vocational assembly lines.