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Equitable Futures: Advancing Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Decolonization in Academic Life
The Western Equity Census Working Group and the University of Western Ontario Faculty Association (UWOFA) are very pleased to present a panel discussion on the advancement of equity, diversity, inclusion, and decolonization at Canadian universities.

Equitable Futures: Advancing Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Decolonization (EDI-D) in Canadian Academic Life
Featuring: Dr. Nicole Kaniki, Dr. Candace Brunette-Debassige, and Dr. Mark Daley.
Hosted by Jeff Tennant
22 October, 2:30PM

As part of our commitment to advance the conversation on promising practices of EDI-D, both at Western and at universities across Canada, we are hosting a webinar discussion on the urgent need to embed principles, policies, and processes of equity and decolonization to achieve a more inclusive campus culture. We have invited three dynamic experts to reflect on their experience of leading change at Western: Dr. Candace Brunette-Debassige, the former Special Advisor to the Provost on Indigenous Initiatives, was a leader in the development and implementation of Western’s Indigenous Strategic Plan as well as the creation of the Office of Indigenous Initiatives. Dr. Nicole Kaniki, the former Special Advisor to the President on Anti-Racism, spearheaded several EDI initiatives at Western and helped to create the new Office of the Associate Vice-President of EDI. Dr. Mark Daley, the Special Advisor to the President on Data Strategy, helped to design the data governance policy for the Western Equity Census, the university’s first-ever comprehensive demographic survey.

We have invited all three experts to reflect on their roles as special advisors at Western, and to consider how we can identify and challenge systematic barriers to full participation in our university life. With the launch of the Western Equity Census this month, we will also explore how Western and universities across Canada can use demographic data to transform our institutions for the benefit of students, faculty, and staff.

Oct 22, 2021 02:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. Nicole Kaniki
Director, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Research and Innovation @University of Toronto
Dr. Nicole Kaniki, PhD is the inaugural Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Research and Innovation at the University of Toronto. She recently joined UofT in May, where in her previous role she was the Special Advisor on Anti-racism to the President at Western University and also worked in EDI in Research Development at Western. Dr. Kaniki holds a Masters in Kinesiology, a PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. She recently rounded up her expertise in EDI by completing a Masters in Women’s Studies and Feminist Research also at Western. She is passionate about social justice and uses an Anti-racism and Decolonizing lens in her work in EDI.
Dr. Candace Brunette-Debassige
Special Advisor to the Provost (Indigenous Initiatives) @Western University
A Mushkego Cree woman originally from Fort Albany First Nation (Treaty 9 territory), Candace brings more than 15 years of experience serving Indigenous students and communities in educational settings. Previously, she served as Director of Indigenous Services at Western. In this former capacity, she was actively involved in the development of Western’s first ever Indigenous Strategic Plan. Prior to joining Western, Candace was the Aboriginal Education Advisor for the Thames Valley District School Board and served in several roles related to the recruitment and support of Indigenous students at the University of Toronto, where she also earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in Aboriginal and equity studies, and adult education.
Dr. Mark Daley
Professor @Western University
Mark Daley is special advisor to the president on data strategy at Western University. He previously served as Western's associate vice-president (research). Daley holds joint faculty appointments in six departments and is a member of the Brain and Mind Institute and the Rotman Institute of Philosophy, an associate scientist at the Lawson Health Research institute and a faculty affiliate of the Vector Institute for Artificial intelligence. He has published in mathematics, computer science, musicology, astrophysics, biology and neuroscience. In 2013, Daley was selected as one of the inaugural University of Toronto science leadership fellows. He has been active in public science policy and the management and governance of advanced research computing in Canada, including chairing the board of directors of Compute Ontario.