Courageous Conversations speaker series

Courageous Conversations

Learn more about the Courageous Conversations Speaker Series with the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

About Courageous Conversations

Courageous Conversations: research, knowledge, understanding and change

The OEDI’s Courageous Conversation Speaker Series was launched in the fall 2020 featuring discussions on racism, anti-racism, colonialism, and complaint.

Inspired by Maya Angelou and Violet King, the series engages the campus community and beyond in difficult conversations about systemic inequities. By exploring critical questions about what needs to be done to effect sustainable change and ensuring accountability, the series features locally and internationally renowned teachers, researchers, practitioners, and community-engaged scholars and activists.

Identifying, naming, discussing, and tackling historical and contemporary injustices can be profoundly unsettling. That’s where courage comes in – the courage to speak truth to power, to say things that the comfortable might not want to hear. Courageous Conversations are vital to advancing EDI in a university. It ensures that we are not only talking about EDI, but we are modelling our expressed commitment to human rights, human dignity, and cultivating equitable pathways that enable human flourishing.

Violet King
Maya Angelou

Decolonization and Questions of Justice in the University

The 2021-2022 Courageous Conversations theme is “Decolonization and Questions of Justice in the University.” The series is designed to tackle the durable legacies of colonialism, slavery, and historical and contemporary injustices on higher education, and to inspire courageous thinking and practices aimed at transforming legacies of colonialism, slavery, and contemporary injustices. 


Courageous Conversations anti-racism and decolonization in the university

Ready to join the conversation?

The third event to take part in the Courageous Conversations speaker series, join Dr. Verna St. Denis and Dr. Shirley-Anne Tate as they explore Anti-Racism and Decolonization in the University.

November 18 | 12:00 - 1:30 PM

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