5th annual Inclusion Day Conference – Every_Body: Rethinking the Bodies that Belong

The Centre for Human Rights would like to invite the faculty, staff and students in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies program to the 5th annual Inclusion Day Conference being held on January 23, 2014. The theme for this year’s conference is “Every_Body: Rethinking the Bodies that Belong.” During this one-day conference participants will have the opportunity to explore the concepts of inclusion and belonging and critically analyze notions of space and the ‘bodies’ (people, knowledges, communities) that are/are not included.

Some sessions that may be of interest to the faculty and students in the Liberal Arts program:

Title: Africentric Schooling as an Academic Option 

Abstract : The Toronto District School Board’s Africentric Alternative Education program was intended to address the achievement gap for Black students and provide an alternative pedagogic approach. This session aims to give voice to the students that Africentric program aims to reach using a phenomenological qualitative approach and Critical Race Theory as a conceptual frame.

Biography: Dr. Janelle Joseph is a Banting Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University Of Ontario Institute Of Technology who researches and teaches issues of race, gender and sport.

Rhonda George recently completeda Master’s degree in the Faculty of Education at York University. Her research examines Canadian Black Youth Perspectives

Location: 280A York Lanes

Time: 11:15am – 12:15pm

Title: Black Students & Disengagement from Academics in Canada

Abstract: For many Black high school students in Canada, their academic pursuits are often met with a myriad of challenges related to their ability to stay engaged to the curriculum.  Frustration and failure seems imminent as students struggle to meet the in-class test requirements, to accumulate enough credits for graduation, and for post-secondary entrance. This study will utilize literatures, case studies, surveys and participatory interviews with educators as well as Black public figures in the community who lead and interactclosely with youth.  The intent of the research is to identify the cause and effects of academic disengagement amongst Blacks in high schools, raise awareness in the community and propose resolutions for positive social and policy change.

Biography : Genevieve is a full-time student at York, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies B.A. Hons. HREQ & BPA, has plans of pursuing graduate studies, is a youth leader in GTA and is passionate about social change.

Location: 353 York Lanes

Time: 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Title: The Roots of Youth Violence: Implications for Ontario’s Polytechnic Institutions

Abstract: This presentation will explore the roots of youth violence and discuss the importance of the province’s polytechnic postsecondary institutions developing a sustainable framework to address this issue. It will be argued that the essential pillars of this framework are: diversity & inclusion; sustainable community partnerships; and research, data-collection & statistics

Biography: Humber College’s Centre for Human Rights, Equity & Diversity works within the College to: heighten Human Rights and Diversity Awareness; ensure legislative compliance to the accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (2005), the Ontario Human Rights Code, and the Employment Equity Act (1995).

Location : 353 York Lanes

Time: 3:45pm – 4:45pm

Registration is free and commences at 10:00am in room 280N York Lanes. To register for Inclusion Day and to view a snapshot of the full program please visit: The Centre of Human Rights’ Inclusion Day Conference web site

If any faculty members would like to bring a class to any of the sessions, please contact jtcheng@yorku.ca or jglean@yorku.ca so that they can ensure all individuals are accommodated.

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