We’re excited to bring you this semester’s Celebrating Diversity Week, take a look at what we did in Winter Semester!

Celebrate the many shapes and forms diversity comes in through events, workshops!

Land Acknowledgement


Additional Celebrating Diversity Week Support

Have you heard about the CSI’s Celebrating Diversity Week Support Fund? CSI is offering students some funding opportunities for expenses that you need to support diversity within your community!

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Register for a Celebrating Diversity Week Global Snack Pack

It’s Celebrating Diversity Week and we want to give you the chance to try some unique flavours from around the world!

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Celebrating Diversity Week Feedback Survey

Take CSI’s Celebrating Diversity Week survey for your chance to receive a $10 Rexall gift card. The first 250 respondents will receive one!

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Land Acknowledgement

Land Acknowledgement

We wish to acknowledge the lands where we live, learn, work & organize hold the ancestral connections and stories of Indigenous peoples. As we all know, colonization has orchestrated the displacement if Indigenous peoples from their ancestral lands which has hindered their ability to be in good relations with the land.   Indigenous peoples are actively maintaining and strengthening their relationships with the land, which are grounded in respect, reciprocity, and resiliency.  

The land our Brantford, Kitchener, Waterloo, and Cambridge campuses are located on represents the unceded territory of the Neutral, Haudenosaunee (Ho-deh-no-show-nee) and Anishinaabe (Ah-nish-nah-bay) peoples. This land was promised to the Haudenosaunee (Ho-deh-no-show-nee) people of Six Nations, which includes six miles on each side of the Grand River, known as the Haldimand Tract. We also wish to acknowledge and recognize that the lands our Stratford, Ingersoll, Guelph & our future campus in Milton are located on represent the ancestral and treaty lands of the Anishinaabe (Ah-nish-nah-bay) peoples. 

Our acknowledgement of the land is our declaration of our collective responsibility to this place and its peoples’ histories, rights, and presence. We extend our respect, friendship & solidarity to all Indigenous peoples for their past, present & future contributions to this land and our community, and in their past, present, and future struggles. 
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WINE UP & WHINE DOWN: SOCA DANCE CLASS WITH KWEEN

Monday March 7, 2022
1:00PM — 2:00PM
Thadinadonnih (Guelph) born and raised, University of Guelph Alumni, Valedictorian from the Randolph Academy for Performing Arts, Kween is a Black settler living out her passions. She is a dancer, teacher, actor, choreographer, director, producer, advocate, curator, marketing/social media guru, TedX International Speaker and co-contributing Author to 100 Women of Inspiration and The Stage Light Flickers.

Kween held a Residency with Guelph Dance in 2020/2021, currently holds the title Woman of the Year 2020, nominee for RBC Women of Influence 2021, and Women of Inspiration 2021 Finalist.

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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY WITH NADYA OKAMOTO; FINDING PURPOSE IN MENSTRUAL EQUITY AND BECOMING A CHANGEMAKER

Tuesday March 8, 2022
7:00PM — 8:00PM
To celebrate International Women’s Day, join us for a conversation with Nadya Okamoto. Nadya will be talking about women empowerment. Discover how she turned her passion into her purpose and pushed through hardships to become a strong leader. She’ll also discuss the Menstruation Movement, including period poverty, menstrual equity, and the intersection between menstruation and gender inclusivity.

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TURTLE ISLAND RECIPE SHOWCASE

Wednesday March 10, 2022
6:00PM — 8:00PM
Recipes from various nations across Turtle Island shared and finished dish showcased
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Lets Celebrate Diversity in Canada

LET’S CELEBRATE DIVERSITY IN CANADA

Monday March 7, 2022
2:00PM — 3:00PM
It’s time to CELEBRATE! We are proud to be part of a diverse college and country.
Join the International Transition team and fellow international students and learn about their diverse backgrounds

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PERSPECTIVE SHIFT: A CELEBRATION OF INDIGENOUS CULTURE WITH SAGE PAUL

Wednesday March 9, 2022
7:00PM — 8:00PM
Sage Paul, an Indigenous designer, shares her story about growing up in the city, the culturally specific values she has grown up with, and how folks have interacted with Indigenous folks under the lens of cultural appropriation. Sage takes a celebratory approach to this topic and hopes to inspire a shift in how we engage with Indigenous people and their culture.

Throughout the event you can participate in the conversation by asking Sage a question in the chat, to be entered for a chance to win one of two $250 Indigo gift cards. Students who attend the event and complete their Co-Curricular Record (CCR) reflection will be entered for a chance to win one of two $500 Walmart gift cards.

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CHANGING THE NARRATIVE: Oral Traditions and Community Knowledge, International Women’s Day event

Tuesday March 8, 2022
1:00PM — 2:30PM
Join the International Women’s Day Student Committee and Student Engagement for this virtual event! The event will feature keynote speaker Lois Thomas, an Elder in Residence at Conestoga with the Indigenous Services Department, who will speak about teachers, oral traditions, and ways of understanding.

The keynote talk will be followed by a panel discussion with a group of amazing women in our community, exploring the themes of matriarchal and community knowledge sharing. Panelists include:

  • Alice Penny from Bring on the Sunshine
  • Cait Glasson from Aging with Pride
  • Christina Restoule from Indigenous Services

Special thanks to Safety and Security services for generously supporting this event.
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Multi-Language-Event

MULTI-LANGUAGE EVENT

Wednesday March 10, 2022
1:30PM — 2:00PM
Join us and other international students as we discuss Canada’s two official languages and common Canadian expressions that you might hear in Canada. We will also exchange simple greetings in other languages
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Bystander-Intervention

BYSTANDER INTERVENTION

Tuesday March 8, 2022
3:00PM — 4:30PM
This workshop provides participants with a foundational knowledge of what sexual violence is and discusses what effective bystander intervention looks like. There will be an opportunity to explore how you can intervene, and what the effects are of different intervention tactics.

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Anti-racism

ANTI-RACISM AND ANTI-OPPRESSION WORKSHOP

Thursday March 10, 2022
10:00AM — 11:30AM
Learn about anti-racism and anti-oppression in this workshop that helps you understand important concepts as they relate to these topics. Explore the impacts of oppression and racism on different levels and learn how you can support making a difference in your community

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WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A STUDENT (AND WOMAN) OF COLOUR ON A CANADIAN CAMPUS TODAY? WITH ETERNITY MARTIS

Thursday March 10, 2022
7:00PM — 8:00PM
In post-secondary institutions across Canada, race-based data is not collected, so it’s almost impossible to understand the needs and challenges of students of colour—and there are many. Even more, there is no formal policy across all universities to deal with racism. According to a CBC investigation, while students of colour experience many race-based incidents on campus, most don’t file a formal complaint because they don’t feel they will be believed.

In this talk, Eternity will share her own journey as a university student on a predominantly white campus—which she details at length in her memoir, They Said This Would Be Fun: Race, Campus Life, and Growing Up. Debunking the myth of Canada’s racial tolerance and the idea that student life is “breezy”, she leads us through her own experience as a Black young woman on campus and ties it to the devastating history of racism at Canadian universities, the re-emergence of blackface parties, and the rise of the alt-right, white supremacy and hate crimes at schools, both from far-right groups and students.

From there, Eternity will examine the impact of racism on campus on students, detailing well-researched links to poor health and a drop in academic performance, both of which she experienced herself as a student. The talk will end with possibilities for how we can all better support students of colour, from parents, friends, professors and allies, to what administrators and decision-makers can start doing now to make campuses more welcoming for students of colour.

Throughout the event you can participate in the conversation by asking Eternity a question in the chat, to be entered for a chance to win one of two $250 Indigo gift cards. Students who attend the event and complete their Co-Curricular Record (CCR) reflection will be entered for a chance to win one of two $500 Walmart gift cards.

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Diversity and Inclusion Resource List

The Diversity and Inclusion Resource List highlights resources from the Library’s electronic collection. This list can be used as a starting point to find works by diverse and inclusive authors and filmmakers.
Diversity and Inclusion Resource List

Student Engagement Resource List

Student Engagement has created its own list of resources to help you develop your leadership skills related to diversity and inclusion, cultural competency and communication.
Student Engagement Resource List