November 2020
FEDERATION NEWS
Guess who’s coming to dinner? That is, after you hire us: In the latest blog of our Equity Matters series, Dr. Annette Henry of The University of British Columbia offers insightful arguments about the right and wrong ways of hiring diverse faculty. Hint: achieving equity is more than treating everybody the same.  Read more. 
Big Thinking on the Hill virtual with Rachel Brickner: In case you missed the online lecture, the video of Rachel Brickner’s presentation Care is on the ballot: Why COVID-19 should push American voters to pay greater attention to the care economy is now available on our website. Watch the video.  
Contract opportunity: We are looking for a Research Assistant, EDID for a short-term contract to compile best practices for integrating equity, diversity, inclusion and decolonization (EDID) into our conferences and events. Read more.
CONGRESS NEWS
Congress 2021 goes virtual: On October 30, the Federation and the University of Alberta announced that Congress 2021 will be held entirely online. Together, we have a historic opportunity to demonstrate to the world that it is possible to have an equitable, accessible and environmentally sustainable virtual conference. Read more.
MEMBER NEWS
Webinars spark courageous conversations about equity, race, systemic racism and anti-racism: Conversations can ignite change. It takes courage to overcome the silence and say what must be said. That’s why Dr. Malinda S. Smith, inaugural Vice Provost (EDI) at the University of Calgary, is launching Courageous Conversations — a new speaker series designed to spark a national conversation around equity, race, systemic racism and anti-racism. Read more.  
The Royal Society hosts COEE2020: Inclusive Excellence Around the World: This panel provides an overview of the idea of inclusive excellence, its origins and deployment in the post-secondary sector and related agencies, and the policies and strategies that are currently being deployed to advance the goals of equity, diversity and inclusion. Panel features Dr. Sheila Cote-Meek, Dr. Wesley Crichlow, Dr. Malinda Smith and Dr. Danika Goosney. Register now.
Decolonization and anti-racism in Canadian research and academia: making it happen: The federal Anti-Racism Secretariat, #MtlSansProfilage, and Montréal en Action are co-sponsoring a webinar on decolonization and anti-racism in Canadian academia, to be held on November 19th, 2020. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness of systemic racism in academia and discuss strategies to counter the problem in access to education, teaching, faculty and student support, and research. RSVP.
Concordia celebrates the launch of the Center for Research on Values, Attitudes and Societies: Concordia is launching a new research center that will focus on studying human values – at home and around the world. The Center for Research on Values, Attitudes and Societies (CEVAS) will support researchers looking at these issues in Quebec and across Canada. Read more.  
‘Who’s here?’ UBC race data collection pilot to bridge historic gap in student demographics: In recent months, the COVID-19 pandemic and the absence of data on its disproportionate effects on racialized communities have brought the lack of race-based data in institutions across the country to the forefront of attention on anti-racism efforts. Read more.
Study seeks to interview temporary foreign workers in the Maritimes: A new partnership between researchers based at Dalhousie University, St. Thomas University and Cooper Institute is seeking to interview temporary foreign workers (TFWs) about their experiences working in the agricultural and seafood sectors in the Maritime provinces during the COVID pandemic. Read more.
CSA report analyzes impact of student questionnaires on faculty: A new Canadian Sociological Association study adds to what the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) calls the “mounting evidence of the dubious validity and inherent bias in student questionnaires on courses and teaching.” Read more.  
Laurier launches courses focused on Indigenous people's experiences in the Canadian criminal justice system: Wilfrid Laurier University has launched the Gladue Principles: Indigenous Peoples and the Canadian Criminal Justice System courses to help students and professionals learn practice and theory related to this important aspect of Canada's Criminal Code. Read more.
Concordia launches task force on anti-Black racism: As a responsibility to its community members, in recognition of the status quo being unacceptable and in anticipation of the type of future it wants to create, Concordia launches its President’s Task Force on Anti-Black Racism. Read more.  
Trent University launches Innovative Ph.D. program with a focus on leadership and social inquiry: Interdisciplinary social research Ph.D. emphasizes transdisciplinary research and professional scholarship as foundation for addressing complex social issues. Read more.
UWinnipeg launches Master In Environmental & Social Change: The Master in Environmental & Social Change (MESC) will help to propel Manitoba’s growing environmental industries by equipping graduates and future leaders with skills in both the natural and social sciences. Read more.
HSS COMMUNITY NEWS
How to show your project’s worth in social science and humanities research proposals: The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada – while specifying different criteria for different competitions – is generally looking to fund projects that are significant, important, and valuable. Read more. 
Government of Canada invests in doctoral social sciences and humanities research talent: New funding supports graduate students across Canada to pursue research into critical social issues. Read more. 
Why the humanities are a good choice for university-bound students: Employment prospects don’t need to come at the expense of happiness. You don’t need to discourage them from pursuing the things they enjoy because you’re concerned they’ll need to move back home when they graduate. Read more. 
This Montrealer leads walking tours to teach others about Black history: Through walking tours, Rito Joseph reveals traces of Black history hidden in plain sight. Read more.  
Why high-school history is going through a ‘mind shift’ in Ontario: High-school history, once thought of as a set of unalterable facts, is undergoing a seismic change. Kick-started in 2013 when students got training in how to think like historians, it’s a change that’s been gaining ever more momentum in light of COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement. Read more.  
Publish or perish: women in research call for an end to systemic discrimination. The global COVID-19 crisis offers universities the ideal pretext to change their practices and rethink their definition of academic work and its value. Read more.  
Canada must embrace new digital developments in scholarly publishing. The 21st century has delivered instantaneous, inexpensive, media-rich publication and communications engagement around the world. Suddenly information and, more broadly, the knowledge economy, are opening new paths to social good and human betterment. How well is Canada positioned to take advantage of these developments? Read more.  
THE BIG PICTURE