Scarborough Charter

Scarborough National Charter on anti-Black racism and Black Inclusion in Higher Education: Principles, Actions, and Accountabilities

Scarborough Charter
La charte de Scarborough

About the Scarborough Charter

The Scarborough National Charter on anti-Black racism and Black Inclusion in Higher Education: Principles, Actions, and Accountabilities is a commitment by institutions across Canada to combat anti-Black racism and foster Black inclusion in higher education. The Charter was a co-creation process involving extensive consultations and collaboration with Black communities, academic institutions, governments, political and civic leaders, and activists across Canada. The Charter recognizes the realities of anti-Black racism and includes concrete steps for action and to ensure institutional and cross-sector accountabilities.

 

 


The work we have done up to this point represents a start. We see our university’s support for the Scarborough Charter as an extension of a long-term commitment to empowering Black futures. This is work that strengthens all aspects of our campus and every member of our community.

Dr. Ed McCauley

President and Vice-Chancellor

This is a historic moment for Canadian higher education and UCalgary to move from commitment to action. I look forward to working with colleagues across campus and in the broader community to seeing these actions create meaningful change across the post-secondary sector.

Dr. Malinda Smith

Vice-Provost and Associate VP Research (EDI)


2020 REPORT ANTI-BLACK RACISM AND BLACK INCLUSION

National Dialogues and Action for Inclusive Higher Education and Communities | 2020 Report

Anti-Black Racism and Black Inclusion

Prepared by: Cam Litchmore, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator, University of Toronto Scarborough and Cherilyn Scobie Edwards, Director, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, University of Toronto Scarborough

On October 1 and 2, 2020, the first dialogue in the series of the National Dialogues and Action for Inclusive Higher Education and Communities was held at the University of Toronto.  Over 3,000 participants, came together to generate concrete recommendations for change for the inclusion of Black students, staff, faculty and community members within post-secondary institutions across Canada.

full report


Scarborough Charter May 13

The Inter-Institutional Forum Business Meeting follows the November 2021 signing of the Scarborough Charter, a historic pledge to fight anti-Black racism and to promote Black inclusion in higher education. The Charter principles and actions address awareness of Black folks in academia, embrace our shared aspirations to address anti-Black racism, promote Black inclusion, and provide a concrete framework for delivering on our stated promise.

Attendees: Presidents, Provosts/VPs-Academic (Chief Academic Officers), and Institutional EDI Leads

May 13, 2022
 

Community Making and Black Flourishing Through the Scarborough Charter

Community Making and Black Flourishing Through the Scarborough Charter brings together four panels of administrators, faculty, advisors, students, and community activists for discussion. The event is an opportunity to engage with experts, thought leaders and activists on pathways for action on addressing anti-Black racism and promoting Black representation and flourishing in academia.

Attendees: Presidents, Provosts/VPs-Academic (Chief Academic Officers), and Institutional EDI Leads

May 14, 2022

Symposium recording


Research Excellence

Engaging with various research bodies helps build concrete research supports. We are celebrating Black excellence and boosting equity and inclusive participation. 

Dr. Patrina Duhaney

Studying anti-Black experiences at the university

Dr. Patrina Duhaney is leading a research project that aims to capture student, alumni, staff, sessional instructors and faculty members' experiences of anti-Black racism at UCalgary.

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Dr. Jennifer D. Adams

Unearthing the experiences of BIPOC in STEM fields

Dr. Jennifer D. Adams explores the experiences of Black, Indigenous, and racialized students in Western Canada within STEM fields.

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Dr. Régine King

Dr. Régine King's innovative program of research

Dr. Régine King is the recipient of the 2021 Killam Emerging Research Leader Award. One of UCalgary's most prestigious awards, she has been recognized for her various contributions in research and advancing social change.

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Dr. Morris Scantlebury, MD

Researching epilepsy in infants

Dr. Morris H. Scantlebury, MD, and Scantlebury Lab principal investigator, was awarded a CIHR grant to study the role of acid sensing ion channels in infantile spasms.

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Dr. Tunde Ogunfowora

How to promote morally courageous behaviour at work

Dr. Tunde Ogunfowora, associate professor and researcher at the Haskayne School of Business, was recently published in the Journal of Organizational Behaviour. Ogunfowora and his colleagues found that ethical role modelling from a leader influences morally conscious behaviour by nurturing employee moral ownership and a sense of obligation to the organization.

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Doreen Ezeife and Régine King

Advance anti-racism work in cancer care

Doreen Ezeife and Régine King reflect on promising anti-racism practices for municipalities, and equity and diversity in medicine.  O’Brien Institute for Public Health researchers are working to address anti-Black racism, and to promote health, equity, diversity and inclusion in government and health care.

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Dr. Gideon Christian, PhD

Research team receives funds, New Frontiers in Research Fund

Professor Gideon Christian is the co-principal investigator for a research team exploring immigrant/racialized community mobilization towards empowerment through a community-based health data cooperative.

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Featured Research and Publications on Black Studies

Biographical Dictionary of Enslaved Black People in the Maritimes (2022)

In this important book, Harvey Amani Whitfield unearths the stories of men, women, and children who would not otherwise have found their way into written history. The individual lives mentioned come from various points of origin, including Africa, the West Indies, the Carolinas, the Chesapeake, and the northern states, showcasing the African experience in the Atlantic world. 

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Nuances of Blackness in the Canadian Academy: Teaching, Learning, and Researching while Black (U of Toronto Press, 2022)

The essays in Nuances of Blackness in the Canadian Academy make visible the submerged stories of Black life in academia. They offer fresh historical, social, and cultural insights into what it means to teach, learn, research, and work while Black. This unique collection contributes to articulating more nuanced understandings of how Blackness is made, unmade, and remade in the academy and the implications for interrelated dynamics across and within post-secondary education, Black communities in Canada, and global Black diasporas.

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Pathways to Black Flourishing

Future Black Law Students Access

The Black Student Admissions Process (BSAP) was introduced for the Fall 2021 admissions cycle in collaboration with and in response to the UCalgary Chapter of the Black Law Students’ Association (BLSA) Calls to Action released in June 2020. It addresses admissions reform to encourage and increase the number of BIPOC applicants to the law school.

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Black Admissions Programs, Medicine

On June 15, the Calgary Black Medical Students’ Association (BMSA) released its Calls to Action to address institutionalized racism in medical education and health care. The Cumming School of Medicine (CSM), in collaboration with the Calgary BMSA, has established a Black Applicant Admissions Process (BAAP).

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STEP – Support to Entry Program

The CSM recognizes the academy’s historic exclusion and discrimination against people who identify as Indigenous, Black, racialized minorities, 2SLGBTQ+, persons with diverse abilities and those facing financial barriers. STEP is designed to address barriers that equity-deserving groups encounter when preparing to enter medicine and related studies.

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Dr. Wanda Thomas Bernard

Dr. Wanda Thomas Bernard Leadership Scholarship

The Dr. Wanda Thomas Bernard Scholarship is one of three new Faculty of Social Work awards for Black students initiated by the Faculty of Social Work’s Anti-Black Racism Task Force.

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Dr. David Este

Scholarship honours legacy of advocacy, action & excellence

Announcing the Dr. David Este Graduate Scholarship for Black Faculty of Social Work graduate students. Among his many accolades as an educator, Este was recognized with the Canadian Association of University Teachers’ Lee Lorch Award for excellence in teaching, research and service. 

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Alumna Nicole Mfoafo-M'Carthy

Rhodes Scholarship for 2022

Alumna Nicole Mfoafo-M'Carthy is 1 of just 11 Canadians to receive Rhodes Scholarship for 2022. The Rhodes Scholarship is the oldest and possibly most prestigious international scholarship program, enabling outstanding young people from around the world to pursue a postgraduate degree at the University of Oxford in England. 

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Postdoctoral award winners

Postdoctoral Awards for Indigenous and Black Scholars

Congratulations to the recipients of the Inaugural recipients of Provost’s Postdoctoral Awards for Indigenous and Black Scholars for 2021.

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Storme Mckop

UCalgary alumni inspires Black females to pursue law career

Storme Mckop says there were two main reasons for her starting the BLSA chapter. The first reason was to build a community and have support from other students with similar experiences. When she started the chapter, there were only five Black law students in all three years at UCalgary Law, and she was the only black student in her second year.

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Patricia Sealy

UCalgary alumni blazes trail for Black female lawyers

There are many reasons for someone to want to pursue law. For Patricia Sealy, LLB’98, the first Black woman in Alberta to receive a Queen’s Counsel (QC) appointment, the reason was simple: helping people.

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Dr. Oluwatomilayo (Tito) Daodu

Dr. Tito Daodu-First Black Woman Pediatric Surgeon in Canada

People who draw on their own experiences to make the world a better place for others are invaluable and Dr. Oluwatomilayo (Tito) Daodu is a poster girl for such people. She had a rough childhood and as the first Black female pediatric surgeon practicing in Canada at the Alberta’s Children’s Hospital Foundation, she wants to make surgical care accessible to all.

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Dr. Umezurike is Brittle Paper’s 2021 Academic of the Year

Dr. Umezurike is Brittle Paper’s 2021 Academic of the Year

Umezurike stands out in his ability to straddle the worlds of academia and mainstream literary culture. He supports fellow writers through published book reviews, interviews, and event curation. He delights readers with literary fiction, poetry, and children’s stories, having published 10 books.

Brittle Paper

Mirabelle Harris-Eze

Mirabelle Harris-Eze wins award for best student writing

Second-year student Mirabelle Harris-Eze has been awarded the JSD Tory Writing Award from the Windsor Review of Legal and Social Issues. The prize is presented to the two best student submissions to the journal.

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NLNG Prize for Literary Criticism winner 2020/2021, Uchechukwu Peter Umezurike

NLNG Prize for Literary Criticism winner 20/21 Dr. Umezurike

  • ’Self-Publishing in the era of military rule in Nigeria, 1985 – 1999′, Journal of African Cultural Studies (Volume 32, Issue 2, 2020)
  • ‘Postcolonial Ogres in Ngugi Wa Thiong’o’s Wizard of the Crow’, Postcolonial Text (Vol 13, No 2 – 2018) – available to read online here
  • ‘Land of cemetery: funereal images in the poetry of Musa Idris Okpanachi’, Tydskrif vir Letterkunde (55, 2 – 2018) – available to read online here

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Jon Cornish

UCalgary signs Jon Cornish, CFA, as 15th chancellor

Jon Cornish’s passion for supporting others, promoting inclusion, and building a better Calgary made him ideal for this key volunteer leadership position at UCalgary. Jon Cornish was voted Chancellor-Elect on April 21 and will officially take over the position on July 1, 2022. Chancellor is the university's most senior volunteer role, and the person appointed to the position acts as an ambassador for the facility.

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Jennifer Adam

Calgary Black Chambers' Achievement Award for STEM

STEM

An individual who excels in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math and who is creating opportunities for Black community members to get involved and join the field

2022 Winner: Dr. Jennifer Adams

Outgoing Black Law Students’ Association president reflects on the club’s initiatives

The Black Student Admissions Process (BSAP)

Outgoing BLSA president, Keshia Holloman-Dawson, reflects on the achievements and highlights of the BLSA and the BSAP. In June 2020, Holloman-Dawson assumed leadership of the BLSA, where she and two other Black law students wrote the Calls to Action and started all initiatives. 

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UCalgary’s free therapy program for Black community members begins this fall. From left: Tamara Williamson, Nikita Kalonji, and Brae Anne McArthur.

Psychology Clinic, free therapy program for Black community

The University of Calgary Psychology Clinic and Kalonji are hosting a series of Let’s Talk! Black Mental Health workshops this summer, the next one being held July 5, live on Zoom. Workshop topics include a discussion of the challenges that affect the mental health of Black Albertans and how to access mental health services in Calgary.

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Calgary Black Achievement Awards 2022 - Dr. Kannin Osei-Tutu

Calgary Black Achievement Awards 2022 - Medicine

Medicine

An individual practicing in the Medical field works to improve the lives of their patients, their students, and research in the field.

2022 Winner: Dr. Kannin Osei-Tutu


African Studies

African Studies

The minor program is important to UCalgary’s commitment to African Studies. UCalgary was one of the first institutions in Canada to offer a minor in African Studies 30 years ago. Course offerings increased in number after Faculty of Arts students developed a successful proposal in 2021 for a grant from the Student’s Union Quality Money Program

Indigenous and Black Engineering Technology PhD Project

Indigenous and Black Engineering Technology PhD Project

This partnership, known as the Indigenous and Black Engineering and Technology PhD Project (IBET), will provide financial support and foster a supportive, respectful community for its fellows. The IBET PhD Project is intended to foster equitable and inclusive research environments to increase the presence of Indigenous and Black academics in STEM.

Provost’s Postdoctoral Awards for Indigenous and Black Scholars

Provost’s Postdoctoral Awards for Indigenous and Black Scholars

The Provost’s Postdoctoral Awards for Indigenous and Black Scholars are an integral element of the University of Calgary’s commitment to creating and supporting Equitable Pathways to produce the next generation of diverse researchers and community-engaged scholarship.

African Studies

UCalgary African Studies program set for significant growth

A proposal - developed by fifth-year Economics and Global Development Studies student Ebenezer Belayneh and second-year Sociology student Prudence Iticka - has led to a $400,000 grant from the Students' Union Quality Money Program to develop the African Studies program.

UToday

African studies

'Everybody benefits from learning about Africa': U of C students advocate to expand the African Studies program

For more than two decades, only two African studies courses have been available at the U of C, and for the past decade, they've been taught by just one professor. Students say they hope an expansion of the program would mean more classes and more teachers.

CBC News

African studies

The expansion of the African Studies program is now a reality

The funding will now open new opportunities for the entire UCalgary community and will provide a more in-depth understanding of African culture, community and traditions that have been historically overlooked through the new courses that will become available starting the 2022-23 academic year. 

The Gauntlet 

Dimensions: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Canada

Dimensions: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Canada

The University of Calgary is proud to have endorsed the Dimensions: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Canada charter and selected to be part of the Dimensions pilot program.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Research and Teaching Awards

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Research and Teaching Awards

The University of Calgary Research and Teaching Awards Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Pilot Plan was developed to embed a foundational commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) to identify and nominate candidates for external research and teaching excellence awards.

EDI Data Hub

EDI Data Hub

To achieve an equitable, diverse, and inclusive university, critical demographic data must be collected, and efforts to identify and close the diversity gaps must be tracked.

Student Communities

Black Law Students' Association

A national student-run, non-profit organization committed to supporting and enhancing academic and professional opportunities for Black law students. 

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Calgary Black Medical Students' Association

The University of Calgary's Black Medical Student Association (BMSA) was founded in 2018 by Black medical students and residents. BMSA strives to provide community, mentorship and advocacy pathways for black medical students at UCalgary.

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African Caribbean Students Association

African Caribbean Students' Association (ACSA) strives to contribute to the improvement of general welfare on the University of Calgary campus, providing an open dialogue on African and Caribbean issues.

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Black History Month Creative Arts Gallery

The Black History Month Creative Arts Gallery uncovers activism, artistry, and unparalleled accomplishments of UCalgary's unique student community. 

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BE-STEMM 2022

BE-STEMM 2022

Platinum sponsor UCalgary supports the objectives of the BE-STEMM 2022 Conference. Both locally and nationally, now is an opportune time to promote excellence in STEMM by Black Canadians.

Black History Month - 2022

Black History Month - February and Forever

February and Forever Celebrating Black History Month today and every day

Taking Action Against Anti-Black Racism

Taking Action Against Anti-Black Racism

Universities have a major role in responding to anti-Black racism, systemic racism, and racial violence. The resources on these pages aim to disrupt a single story of the Black experience shaped by stereotypes and a deficit narrative.


A snapshot of Representation of Black Scholars

The University of Calgary is committed to data transparency. Data is collected via an expanded Employment Equity Census and a Student Equity Census and shared via the EDI dashboard and EDI infographics. The UCalgary also draws on Census and other higher education statistics.

Adapted from Universities Canada. EDI at Canadian Universities 

Adapted from Universities Canada. EDI at Canadian Universities 
Note:  Where groups do not equal 100%, respondents are accounted for in more than one group

Statistical Profiles of the Black Population in Canada

Visit Statistics Canada’s Gender, Diversity and Inclusion Statistics for more information.


Media

Scarborough Charter event explores how Canada’s colleges and universities can support Black flourishing | University of Toronto Scarborough News

How colleges and universities can support Black flourishing

by Alexa Battler | University of Toronto Scarborough News

May 18, 2022
2 min. read

University of Toronto Scarborough News

‘Believe us when we bring stuff up’: Black scholars, students discuss Black flourishing at UBC-SFU symposium on Scarborough Charter

‘Believe us when we bring stuff up’

By Nathan Bawaan | The Ubyssey

May 15, 2022
3 min. read

The Ubyssey

Handel Wright, pictured here, is a Community Making and Black Flourishing Through the Scarborough Charter panelist and hopes the event can address how to make Canadian universities and colleges more inclusive for Black people.

UBC, 1st ever forum-Scarborough Charter on anti-Black racism

By Ashley Moliere | CBC News

May 14, 2022
3 min. read

CBC News

 

Kevin Limbombe is a student at the University of Windsor and a member of the anti-Black-racism task force

‘Clamouring for action’

by Ashley Okwuosa | TVO today

February 9, 2022
6 min. read

TVO today

Higher education institutions sign document pledging to fight anti-Black racism and promote Black inclusion

A pledge to fight anti-Black racism, promote Black inclusion

by Ron Fanfair | RON FANFAIR

December 20, 2021
5 min. read

RON FANFAIR

Thousands of students from post-secondary institutions across Canada are aiming to create a strategy for tackling inclusion and anti-Black racism on campuses during a virtual two-day conference.

Universities, colleges pledge to address anti-Black racism

by CBC News Canada 

December 18, 2021
2 min. read

CBC News

Scarborough Charter shows effort to deal with anti-Blackness

Scarborough Charter shows effort to deal with anti-Blackness

by Tayo Bero | University Affairs

December 02, 2021
3 min. read

University Affairs

Scarborough Charter-rise inclusion, ensure Black flourishing

Scarborough Charter-rise inclusion, ensure Black flourishing

academica group

November 22, 2021
1 min. read

academica group

Wisdom Tettey

Univ + colleges sign charter to address anti-Black racism

By Maan Alhmidi | The Canadian Press

November 18, 2021
3 min. read

The Star

Calgary Eyeopener with David Gray, Angela Knight

UCalgary signs Scarborough Charter

Calgary Eyeopener with David Gray, Angela Knight
Guest - Dr. Malinda Smith

November 18, 2021 | Signing the Scarborough Charter

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Scarborough Charter on anti-Black racism and Black inclusion

Scarborough Charter on anti-Black racism and Black inclusion

by Universities Canada

November 18, 2021
2 min. read

Universities Canada

National dialogues anti-Black racism action, accountability

National dialogues anti-Black racism action, accountability

by Advancement Staff | UToday

September 23, 2020
4 min. read

UToday

Yukoners invited to join national dialogue on anti-Black racism in higher education

Yukoners join dialogue, anti-Black racism - higher education

by Yukon University

September 21, 2020
2 min. read

YukonU