Conference Keynote Speaker:  Barrington Walker, Wilfrid Laurier University

The Scarborough Charter and Pedagogies of Anti-Black Racism and Black Inclusion

This keynote presentation begins with an exploration of the Scarborough Charter on Anti-Black Racism and Black Inclusion, its calls to action and its demands for Black Inclusion and Black thriving in post-secondary education. The Charter is grounded in its engagement with the unique histories of Black people in Canada and building upon the foundation of these varied histories it provides principles and makes calls to action. A key part of the Charter takes up the issue of Black thriving in our institutions of higher learning. Focusing on students and faculty, this talk explores the possibilities of and the urgency for pedagogies of Anti-Black Racism and Black inclusion and how they can be mobilized to center Black lived experiences, epistemologies and facilitate Black inclusion, thriving and joy.


Barrington Walker, Ph.D. holds a doctoral degree in Canadian History from the University of Toronto (Canada) and is the inaugural Associate Vice President Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Professor of History at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. His research and teaching interests are in histories of Black Canada, race, immigration, and the law. Before coming to Wilfrid Laurier, Walker was a member of the History Department at Queen’s University Kingston for 18 years; during those years he taught both at the undergraduate and graduate levels and supervised and mentored over 40 graduate students in topics related to his research specialties. He is also often consulted for national television, print and radio media. He has published three books. Race On Trial: Black Defendants in Ontario’s Criminal Courts, 1858-1958 (University of Toronto Press and the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History, 2010); The African Canadian Legal Odyssey: Historical Essays (University of Toronto Press and the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History, 2012) and The History of Immigration and Racism in Canada: Essential Readings (Canadian Scholars Press, 2008). He also currently working on two book projects: Colonizing Nation: A History of Colonization, Settlement and Canada’s Racial State and Dark Peril: Blacks and Violence in Canada’s Urban Landscapes (Wilfrid Laurier University Press). In 2012 Race on Trial was shortlisted for the Ontario Speaker’s Book Prize. He is also currently a member of the Board of the Federation for the Social Sciences and Humanities and Chair of its standing committee on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Decolonization. He is also a member of the Inter-Institutional Advisory Committee for the Scarborough Charter on Anti-Black Racism and Black Inclusion.

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