Breaking Bread is a project from the TRU Students’ Union that connects students with community leaders through small group discussions around shared topics of interest.
On February 9, 2021 the Union hosted Dr. Funké Aladejebi for a virtual discussion on Anti-Blackness in Higher Education. Dr. Aladejebi is a history professor from the University of Toronto whose work frequently explores how legacies of race, gender, and migration influence the contemporary educational encounters of Black Canadian communities. This work has a particular focus on oral history, the history of education in Canada, Black Canadian women’s history, and transnationalism.
Questions considered by the group included:
- How have post-secondary institutions been responding since the Black Lives Matter movement has come back into the forefront of popular culture?
- What is the history of anti-blackness in higher education broadly and what has that looked like specifically in the Canadian context?
- How can professors become adequate and resourceful allies during the current climate?
- How have post-secondary institutions been incorporating black history into their curriculums?
- As well as other topics
If you are interested in being a part of a future discussion, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re also happy to hear from you if you have a great idea for a discussion topic or community leader to get in touch with.