A forum at UBC on the inclusion of black people in universities

The event titled “Building Communities and Empowering Black People through the Scarborough Charter” seeks to make campuses more welcoming.

This forum comes on the heels of the Scarborough Charter, an initiative signed by 46 post-secondary institutions last fall, to fight racism and promote inclusion, growth and a sense of belonging for black people on campus. .

The 22-page document stems from discussions related to a national forum on anti-black racism in post-secondary education in 2020, when the topic was in the spotlight, and protests of the Black Lives Matter movement were widespread across the country.

The charter requires that its signatories adhere to certain principles when defining their own action plan to promote the inclusion of black people.

When the charter was created, the idea came up of holding a conference on this subject every two years, and theUBC volunteered to host the premiere.

According to Handel Wright, a professor in the Department of Educational Studies at theUBC, and presenter at the forum, black people and culture are greatly underrepresented in British Columbia. He hopes the event will build better ties between post-secondary institutions and the Black community.

A smaller community

<q data-attributes="{"lang":{"value":"fr","label":"Français"},"value":{"html":"Au contraire d’autres villes majeures du Canada, à Vancouver et à Victoria, nous n’avons pas de quartier «noire“, which is a particular and unique problem”,”text”:”Unlike other major cities in Canada, in Vancouver and Victoria, we do not have a “black” neighborhood, which is a particular problem and unique”}}”>Unlike other major cities in Canada, in Vancouver and Victoria, we do not have a “black” neighborhood, which is a particular and unique problem., says Handel Wright. According to Statistics Canada, in 2016, black people made up 1% of British Columbia’s population, while they made up 3.5% of the Canadian population.

UBC made great strides to improve the situationhe adds, highlighting the work of university president Santa Ono and vice president responsible for students, Ainsley Carrey, who launched a program to attract more black students to the University of British Columbia.

My hope is that all institutions in Canada can support each other to advance this programthis Trade Wright.

Based on information from Raluca Tomulescu

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