Others Within: An Intersectional Symposium

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Mount Royal University
Calgary, Alberta, CA

Posted by Shif Gadamsetti.

REGISTER FOR FREE: mru.ca/otherswithin

9:00am 9:30am Introduction and Welcome to Treaty 7 Territory

9:30am 10:30am Keynote: Dr. Malinda S. Smith
10:30am 10:45am Coffee
10:45am 12:15pm Plenary I (Wilson, Torres, Dua)
12:15pm 1:15pm Lunch
1:15pm 2:30pm Plenary II (Mason, Hunt, Gadamsetti)
2:30pm 2:45pm Concluding Remarks

This day-long event will interrogate the possibilities of transformation within the context of higher education and academic scholarship. The invited speakers will address issues of gender and race inequity in hiring, retention and promotion, sexual assault on campus, mentoring, and experiences of racialized students and faculty.

Keynote: Dr. Malinda S. Smith (University of Alberta)
Bio: Dr. Smith, a full professor of Political Science in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta, is an internationally acclaimed scholar and activist. Along with her lengthy and impressive research and publication record on issues of social justice, decolonization and social change, she is also recipient of multiple community engagement awards (such as, CRAC’s Anti-Racism Award, Academic Women’s Association’s Academic Women of the Year Award, and the national Equity Award from the Canadian Association of University Teachers). During her visit at Mount Royal University, Dr. Smith will be speaking of her findings from her forthcoming book with the University of British Columbia Press, The Equity Myth: Racialization and Indigeneity at Canadian Universities.


Dr. Enakshi Dua (York University)
Bio: Enakshi Dua is an Associate Professor in the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies at York University. She has published extensively on theorizing racism and anti-racism, the racialised and gendered histories of immigration processes, racism in Canadian Universities, equity policies and anti-racism policies and the racialisation of masculinity and femininity. One of her many publications include The Equity Myth: Race, Racialization and Indigeneity in Canadian Universities (with Frances Henry, Audrey Kobayashi, Carl James, Howard Ramos and Malinda Smith). She has more than 30 years of experience in anti-racist work in the community as well as within the academy. She has served as Director of the Centre for Feminist Research, Chair of the CAUT Equity Committee, the co-chair of the Sub-committee to the Joint Committee of the Collective Agreement on Equity, at Queen’s University, as well as the York University Faculty Association’s Equity Officer.

Shifrah Gadamsetti (SAMRU)
Bio: Shifrah Gadamsetti is the President of the Students' Association of Mount Royal University (SAMRU). Gadamsetti completed her Bachelors of Nursing in 2014, and has come back for a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology with a minor in Women’s Studies. Gadamsetti is a fierce social justice advocate, and strongly believes in affordability and access for students in university. She has had a wealth of experience in her time as a student, all focusing on student rights and representation. Gadamsetti has sat as a faculty representative on various nursing committees, been previous a clubs executive for two years, volunteered on the Vice President Academic Advisory Committee, sat on the General Faculties Council, and been a member of the Student Governing Board of SAMRU prior to her election.

Dr. Sarah Hunt (UBC)
Bio: Dr. Hunt is an Assistant Professor Critical Indigenous Geographies at University of British Columbia in First Nations and Indigenous Studies and the Department of Geography. She is Kwagiulth (Kwakwaka’wakw) from Tsaxis, and has spent most of her life as a guest in Lkwungen territories. Sarah’s scholarship in Indigenous and legal geographies critically takes up questions of justice, gender, self-determination, and the spatiality of Indigenous law. Her writing and research emerge within the networks of community relations that have fostered her analysis as a community-based researcher, with a particular focus on issues facing women, girls, and Two-Spirit people. In particular, Dr. Hunt’s research examines the colonial roots of rape culture and violence against women.

Dr. Corinne L. Mason (Brandon University)
Bio: Dr. Mason is an assistant professor in Gender and Women’s Studies and Sociology at Brandon University. As a critical race feminist scholar, her research involves analysis of media representations on LGBTIQ rights, violence against women, reproductive justice and foreign aid. Not only is Dr. Mason a widely published scholar, she is also heavily involved social justice campaigns, such as founding Positive Space at Brandon University and advocating on behalf of sexual assault victims. Dr. Mason recently made national news when she publically spoke about the distressing ways in which Brandon University failed to assist an undergraduate student who was sexually assaulted on campus.

Dr. M. Gabriela Torres (Wheaton College)
Bio: Dr. Torres is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Wheaton College, MA, is a Guatemalan-born anthropologist that specializes in the study of the violence and state formation. Her most recent publication is co-edited book (with Kersti Yllo), Marital Rape: Consent, Marriage and Social Change in Global Context (Oxford 2016)- a volume funded by the 2012 Wenner Gren Foundation Workshop Grant. At Wheaton College, her teaching focused on Feminist pedagogy and social justice through Interdisciplinary connections has twice (2012,2014) been awarded the college-wide faculty appreciation prize. Most recently, she has become a mentor for the POSSE Foundation, an organization that identifies, recruits, supports and trains students from disadvantaged backgrounds to become scholars and leaders.

Dr. Alexandria Wilson (University of Saskatchewan)
Bio: Dr. Alex Wilson is Neyonawak Inniwak from the Opaskwayak Cree Nation. She is an Associate Professor and the Academic Director of the Aboriginal Education Research Centre at the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Wilson’s scholarship has greatly contributed to building and sharing knowledge about two spirit identity, history and teachings, Indigenous research methodologies, and the prevention of violence in the lives of Indigenous peoples. Her current projects include two spirit and Indigenous Feminisms research: Two-Spirit identity development and “Coming In” theory that impact pedagogy and educational policy; working with the Aboriginal HIV/AIDS CBR Collaborative Centres National Aboriginal Research Advisory Council; studies on two spirit people and homelessness; and an International study on Education and lgbtq Indigenous peoples.