May 2, 2022Print | PDF
May is Asian Heritage Month in the Province of Ontario. Proclaimed in 2005, Asian Heritage Month acknowledges and celebrates the rich histories, cultures, identities and experiences of Canadians of Asian descent.
Wilfrid Laurier University invites students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members to learn more about the histories of Asian communities in Canada and reflect on the historical journeys and ongoing struggles faced by Asian and other racialized communities. The following events and resources are available to all members of the Laurier community, unless otherwise noted:
Public symposium: June 3, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., online
Other Empires: Refugees, Imperialism, and Settler Colonialism is an online public symposium that will feature scholars from Wilfrid Laurier University, Renison University College, and other institutions with expertise in areas related to migration and refugees.
The symposium’s keynote lecture will be presented by Evyn Le Espiritu Gandhi, an assistant professor of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Le Espiritu Ghandi will discuss themes covered in her forthcoming book, Archipelago of Resettlement: Vietnamese Refugee Settlers and Decolonization across Guam and Israel-Palestine. A full list of symposium events and registration information is available online.
Laurier employee workshop: May 26, 2 p.m., Zoom. Register.
The Office of the Vice-President: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Human Resources at Laurier present the online workshop Understanding and Dismantling Anti-Asian Racism in Classroom, Workplace and Research Settings. The workshop provides an overview of anti-Asian racism in Canada and how it presents in higher education and research settings. Participants will learn concrete strategies for addressing and dismantling racism in teaching and research contexts. Resources for additional review will also be provided.
Faculty and staff can access an anti-racism resource tool kit on Laurier Connect. The tool kit contains suggested books, podcasts, films and reports that address multiple forms of racism.
The Centre for Student Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (CSEDI) works to cultivate an on-campus culture that respects and promotes equity, diversity, inclusion (EDI) and social justice – from classrooms to residence communities. The centre provides support, education and spaces for students to find community and engage in equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives.
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