The Good and the Bad of Black Grad
Produced and Hosted by Dr. Evelyn Asiedu

Episode 5
A Year in Review: What’s next and where are we at?

Tuesday, 2 November 2021
2:00 – 3:30 PM (ET)

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A Year in Review: What’s next and where are we at?

…Or more logically, where are we at, and what’s next? In our final episode the panelists discuss their hopes and fears as Black scholars in the post-Floyd Academy. We’ll talk about successes and potential opportunities and ultimately make our final calls to action to Canadian Universities.

 Aisha Barise (She/هي/ayada/elle/彼女)
Aisha Barise was born in Québec, Canada, to a Somali family, and lived in Dubai and Japan. Upon completing a BA (Honours) in Linguistics from Concordia University and studying Japanese at McGill University, she then pursued a Master’s of Science in Linguistics at the University of Alberta. Currently, she is pursuing a PhD in Educational studies with a concentration in Language Acquisition under the Department of Integrated Studies in Education at McGill University.

Brittany Morrison
Brittany is a communications and stakeholder relations professional. Brittany completed her undergraduate studies at Ryerson University in public administration and governance, and is currently pursuing graduate studies at Royal Roads University. Brittany’s research interests include Indigenous food sovereignty and food ways in Canada, and oenology.

Prof-Collins Ifeonu (He/Him)
Prof-Collins Ifeonu is a Doctoral Candidate in Sociology at the University of Alberta. His fundamental research interest is in the interplay of social positions and social exchanges in a variety of contexts. His doctoral thesis is a qualitative investigation of Black International students’ relationship to anti-racism movements in Alberta. Prof-Collins is the current President of the University of Alberta’s Black Graduate Students’ Association.

Carl E. James, Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community and Diaspora
Carl E. James is the Affirmative Action, Equity and Inclusivity Officer at York University where he is a professor in the Faculty of Education and holds cross-appointments in the Graduate Programs in Sociology, Social and Political Thought, and Social Work. Also, he is currently one of 6 Advisors to the Ontario Minister of Education and Premier. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Uppsala University, Sweden, James is widely recognized locally, nationally and internationally for his work and leadership in equity and social justice.

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