Drop-in series launched to discuss Brock human rights and equity resources

Brock’s Human Rights and Equity (HRE) Office is launching a new drop-in series to spark conversations around human rights and equity resources on campus.

The first Equity Dialogues open space event will take place Tuesday, Jan. 30 from 1 to 3 p.m. in Sankey Chamber.

Held monthly, each open space event will focus on two resources shared in advance through the Equity Dialogues series on The Brock News.

“The purpose of Equity Dialogues is to invite staff, faculty and students to discuss human rights and equity topics in their respective working and learning spaces, and to consider how the topics relate to their professional and academic practice,” says Melissa Wilson. “We’d encourage members of the Brock community to dive into the resources and attend the corresponding open space to better their understanding of existing issues and how they can play a role in creating meaningful, equitable change.”

The resources will address a single topic from two levels — beginner and competent — so learners can choose which resource meets their learning needs each month.

January’s resources on the topic of equity are:

  • Beginner: The Evolution of an Accidental Meme
    • Many people are familiar with the “equality versus equity” images that have circulated the internet over the past few years. In this article, author Craig Froehle — who created the original image — highlights the evolution of the image and how it has been re-imagined and taken up by various organizations and artists to teach the difference between equality and equity. Note that this resource contains profanity.
  • Competent: The Danger of a Single Story
    • In this 2009 TED Talk, novelist Chimamanda Adichie discusses the risk of creating critical misunderstandings when only a single story is told about another person or country.

In addition to the drop-in events, staff in the Human Rights and Equity Office will be available throughout each month to answer questions about the resources. For more information, contact Melissa Wilson at mwilson2@brocku.ca or Alana Lowe at alowe2@brocku.ca

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