Community Making and Black Flourishing Through the Scarborough Charter: May 14, 2022
On May 13 and 14, the University of British Columbia will host the inaugural Inter-Institutional Forum of the Scarborough National Charter on Anti-Black Racism and Black Inclusion in Canadian Higher Education. The forum will include a public symposium, co-hosted by UBC and Simon Fraser University (SFU), on May 14.
Community Making and Black Flourishing Through the Scarborough Charter contributes to the ongoing work and commitments by both universities to combat anti-Black racism and promote Black flourishing at our institutions and in the wider community. The symposium also serves to illustrate to a national audience how the goals of the Scarborough Charter are being interpreted locally.
The Inter-Institutional Forum, which includes the symposium, follows the November 2021 signing of the Scarborough Charter, a historic pledge to fight anti-Black racism and to promote Black inclusion in higher education. More than 50 universities and colleges across Canada, including UBC and SFU, have signed the Scarborough Charter, signalling commitments to move from rhetoric to meaningful concrete action to address anti-Black racism and to promote Black inclusion. The principles, actions, and commitments outlined in the Charter reflect the signatories’ collective recognition of the realities of Black lives in academia, encapsulate our shared aspirations to address anti-Black racism and promote Black inclusion, and provide a concrete framework for delivering on our promise.
Community Making and Black Flourishing Through the Scarborough Charter brings together four panels of administrators, faculty, advisors, students, and community activists for discussion. The event is an opportunity to engage with experts, thought leaders and activists on pathways for action on addressing anti-Black racism and promoting Black representation and flourishing in academia.
Visit the Community Making and Black Flourishing Through the Scarborough Charter events page to read more about the symposium program, and to register.