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U of M to host leadership panel discussion during Black History Month

Campus community is invited to February 21 event; register now!

February 1, 2019 — 

The U of M community is invited to the panel discussion ‘Black Leaders Today’ on the morning of Feb. 21 in the Senate Chamber at the Fort Garry campus.

The university has partnered with Manitoba Employment Equity Practitioners Association (MEEPA) to host the event, which will celebrate the important history, people and experience of the African Canadian and African American communities.

Panelists include:  Alexa Potashnik, founder and president of Black Space Winnipeg; Maurice Alexander, treasury board analyst, Government of Manitoba; and Craig Brown, U of M grad student. Moderating will be Patricia Kumbakisaka, western Canadian regional coordinator and political event manager at Equal Voice.

The discussion will focus on the goals and vision of our young Black leaders, as they look towards our future.

Attendees will have an opportunity to participate in an question and answer period following the main panel discussion.

The university promotes the inherent dignity of all people, says Valerie Williams, diversity and inclusion facilitator, human resources.

“We respect our differences, celebrate our commonalities  and are united in our mutual focus on intellectual achievement.”

The event will be held on Thursday, Feb. 21 from 8:30 a.m. to noon in Senate Chambers, E3-262 EITC (Engineering Information and Technology Complex).

The event is free of charge for students, faculty and support staff, make sure to register for the event  as a MEEPA member. Tickets are $25 per person for all other attendees.



8:40 a.m.        Welcome, University of Manitoba, Land Acknowledgement, Bambilyn Goodale

                        Opening Prayer, Elder Norman Meade

8:45 a.m.        Greetings from MEEPA, Carol Thiessen

9:00 a.m.       Black Leaders Today Panel Discussion

10:30 a.m.      Break

10:45 a.m.      Question and Answer Period

11:20 a.m.      Closing Remarks, Leisha Strachan


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