We’re excited to share our schedule for the 2024 International Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism Conference. The conference will be held on May 14, 2024, online and at the Signal Hill Campus of Memorial University in St. John's, NL.

Please note that all times listed are Newfoundland Daylight Saving Time (GMT-2:30). 

2024 International EDI-AR Conference Presenter Abstracts

EDI-AR Conference Schedule

NDST (GMT-2:30)
8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Concurrent Session A             
Policy, Research and Ethics
Session 1 Vishakha Wijenayake — Leveraging the Human Rights Law Framework to Advance EDI in Canadian Higher Education 
Andreas Robinson — Building Community, Leveraging Individual and Organizational Capacity for Collective Impact and Social Innovation 
Judyannet Muchiri — Decolonization, Anti-racism and Feminism Within International Cooperation Sector
Building Community
Session 2 Charles Smith — North American Partnership With Equity and Racial Justice
Obianuju Bushi — Where Do Black Children Go in Summer: Unmasking Social Disparities, Immigration and Health Implications
Ayush Mathur and Ksenia Kiseleva — Pioneering EDI-AR in Psychology at Memorial University
Amy Abe — Navigating Whiteness in EDI-AR Leadership: Reflections and Actions
Education and Training
Session 3 Erica Hurley — Teaching and Learning Within an Indigenous Health Course
Saniya Ghalehdar — Women in the Workforce: Weaving Women Into the Fabric of Our Communities
Nighet Riaz — Fostering Inclusive Communities: Building Anti-racism Initiatives at the University of Glasgow
Policy, Research and Ethics
Session 4 Indira Naidoo-Harris — Significance of Fostering Environments, Reimagine Frameworks and Policies at Post-secondary Institutions
Rowland Caesar Apentiik — Unpacking Critiques of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Policy and Practice: Towards Nuanced Understanding and Effective Implementation
Mark Kainz, Jean-Blaise Samou and Ripon College former employee — Diversity, Inclusion, Transformational Leadership, and the Reinvention of Higher Education
10:40 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.
Concurrent Session B
Building Community
Session 5    Regine King — Racial Justice Work in Post-secondary Institutions Through Critical Dialogue  
Alphonse Ndeam Ahola — Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, What About African Immigrant Men? 
Paul Banahene Adjei — African Elders Critical Teachings (ElderCrit): The Epistemic Gift for Decolonial Turn 
Policy, Research and Ethics
Session 6  Carolyn Walsh and Mandy Penney — Exploring "Best Practices" for Promoting EDI-AR at Hiring 
Amy Abe — EDI, Anti-racism and Decolonization Demand More Than a Passive Awareness
Lucy Buchanan-Parker — Strategic Equity and Anti-racism (StEAR) Framework at the University of British Columbia
Education and Training
Session 7 Theodore Bonnah — Dispatches from EDI-AR in Japan
Nikita Stapleton — Anti-Oppressive Science Teaching: An Investigation of Intermediate and Secondary Science Teachers' Views and Practices
Monica Hernandez — Breaking Barriers and Empowering Women in STEM
Afua Cooper — Advancing EDIA Through Curricular Intervention
Policy (Workshop)
Session 8  Katherine Morton Richards and Brad Richards — Mobilizing Critical Race Theory as Practice in Undergraduate Social Science Teaching 
11:50 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
12:35 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Keynote Speaker — Dr. Amoaba Gooden
1:20 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.
Concurrent Session C
Policy, Research and Ethics
Session 9 Martine St-Louis — Canada's Black Justice Strategy
2:20 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.
Nutrition Break
2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Concurrent Session D
Policy, Research and Ethics
Session 10 Sam Nakhla — Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Canadian Research and Training Federal Funding
Farshad Amini — Advancing organizational and societal viability through understanding first-voice accounts on equity, diversity, inclusivity, and anti-discrimination
Bukola Salami — Black Youth Mentorship and Leadership Program (Case Study)
Education and Training
Session 11 Andreae Callanan — A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to My Thesis Defense: Lessons Learned From a Mid-program Autism Diagnosis
Virginia McNeil — Importance of Neurodiversity in Educational Institutions 
Education and Training
Session 12 Colleen Belle — Building Community Capacity to Create and Maintain Welcoming, Inclusive and Safer Environments for All
Rachel Nelson and Bee Brigidi — Co-Creating a Sustainable EDI Community of Practice at a Settler University: Our Learning from the Pilot Year
Building Community
Session 13    Carey Majid, Catherine Ann Kelly and Maria Dussan — Human Rights Justice: Imagining, (Re)Building and Sustaining
  Louise Adongo — Support for Leaders of Colour in Leadership Spaces   
  Cerren Richards and Sydney Collings — Women in Seabird Science
3:55 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Closing Remarks