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Visionary Conversations: Are black Canadians equitably represented in positions of power and influence?

Visionary Conversations set for Feb. 13

Are Black Canadians equitably represented in positions of power and influence?

January 19, 2018 — 

In recognition of Black History Month, President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. David T. Barnard will host a new Visionary Conversations exploring issues and insights relevant to the experience of Black Canadians, and celebrating the achievements and contributions of this vital community. The event is presented in partnership with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, and the Winnipeg Black History Month Celebration Committee.

By bringing people together for critical conversations, the University of Manitoba demonstrates its value as a catalyst for dialogue and change in our community. “The University takes very seriously its commitment to lead by example in matters of social justice,” said President Barnard. “Promoting and championing diversity and inclusion require continuous engagement from us all.”

Visionary Conversations will host a distinguished panel to explore whether Black Canadians are equitably represented in positions of power and influence. Participants will include:

  • Devon Clunis – Retired Chief of Police, Winnipeg Police Service
  • Leisha Strachan [BPE/97, BEd/99]  – Associate Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management
  • Zilla Jones [JD/11] – Lawyer, Jones Law Office
  • Francis Amara [M.Ed./2010], Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics in the Max Rady College of Medicine

Valerie Williams, Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator for the University, explained the importance of diversity education, sharing that diversity within the University’s student body, faculty, and staff contributes to a vibrant range of perspectives, backgrounds and ideas that enrich the academic and working community.

“The University of Manitoba believes in the inherent dignity of all people,” shares Williams. “We respect our differences and take every opportunity to celebrate one another.”

Visionary Conversations takes place at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, 85 Israel Asper Way on Tuesday, Feb. 13. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the panel discussion runs from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. A reception will follow from 8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Admission is free, but seating is limited. Join the conversation and RSVP to: rsvp [at] umanitoba [dot] ca

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