Feb 6, 2023  |  1:00pm - 3:00pm
Equity and wellness event

Black History Month Symposium – What Has Changed: The Role of Attitudinal Barriers to Advancing Black Inclusion

Inclusive community

For students, staff, and faculty at the University of Toronto and external community.

Organised by The Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office.

Format: Keynote followed by a panel discussion with Black leaders within post-secondary education.

Event objectives:

  • Understand attitudinal barriers that manifest in current and historical perceptions about Blackness and Black communities;
  • Identify and discuss the role of post-secondary environments and attitudinal barriers that impact efforts to address systemic anti-Black racism;
  • Identify and discuss the strategies, tools and resources to strengthen advocacy and EDI transformation efforts to address intersectional forms of anti-Black racism in post-secondary environments.


Michelle Bookal (she/her), U of T Alumni, 2018. Registered Nurse.


Aina-Nia Ayo'dele (she/her). Leadership Coach/Ancient Wisdom Teacher, Aina-Nia Journey Learning Inc.

Opening Remarks

Dr. Njoki Wane, Professor & Chair, Department of Social Justice Education, OISE – University of Toronto

Charmaine Williams (she/her)Dean & Professor, Faculty of Social Work – University of Toronto

Panel Discussion

Moderator: Cherilyn Scobie Edwards (she/her), Director, Equity Diversity and Inclusion Office, University of Toronto Scarborough


Dr. Andrew Campbell (he/him) Assistant Professor, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto

Dr. Teeanna Munro (she/her), Poject Coordinator, Black Perspectives Office, Concordia University

Dr. Nancy Simms, MA & ADR (she/her), Ed. D Candidate, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto

Where and when

Monday, February 6th, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Virtual via Zoom.

How to join

Find out more on The Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office website