Media releases

  • White Privilege Symposium at Brock this weekend

    MEDIA ADVISORY: R00209 – 27 September 2016

    Experts will explore race, privilege and social justice at event starting Friday

    White privilege knows no borders, says a world-renowned diversity scholar and founder of the White Privilege Conference.

    Eddie Moore Jr. says that while many in Canada believe prejudice and racism are problems for the U.S., no country is immune to issues of racial inequality and injustice.

    “White supremacy, white privilege and oppression is a global phenomenon,” he says. “It knows no borders.”

    Moore said the way to change the status quo is to expose it, analyze it and take action.

    “I really believe that some of the challenges associated with these issues are a result of not enough people naming it and examining it,” he says.

    The White Privilege Conference has been held in the United States for the past 18 years and for the first time the discussion is coming to Canada. Brock University’s Welch Hall will host the White Privilege Symposium Friday, Sept. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 1.

    “By bringing this symposium to Canada, it’s an opportunity to have some really bold and courageous conversations,” Moore says. “When we are able to share our knowledge, experience and wisdom we can come up with better results.”

    Shauneen Pete, Associate Professor at the University of Regina and Executive Lead on Indigenization of that university, said white privilege is an important conversation in Canada, especially considering its history.

    “The story of Canada is not a story about multiculturalism but a story of colonial white dominance: this truth must become a part of the social narrative we tell about ourselves,” she says. “In order to achieve the dream of reconciliation, members of the dominant group and those new Canadians who align with them, must learn the truths of our racialized past and begin to practice anti-racism in their personal and professional lives.”

    Debby Irving, a racial justice educator and writer, says most people incorrectly associate the term privilege with wealth. It’s a misconception she herself believed for most of her life, until she was a graduate student and a class opened her eyes to the privileges being white had afforded her.

    “In fact, privilege refers to access to rights, resources and other societal benefits,” she says. “One way to think about privilege is as the opposite of discrimination. Discrimination couldn’t exist without privilege, and vise versa.”

    Pre-eminent thinkers and researchers from both sides of the border exploring race, privilege and social justice will be presenting during the event at Brock.

    The following scholars will present keynote talks and workshops at the symposium:
    • Eddie Moore, Jr., founder WPC, community activist and scholar. Keynote title: “White Privilege 101: Getting in on the Conversations,” Friday, Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. See more at:

    • Debby Irving, racial justice educator and writer. Keynote title: “White Privilege 101: Getting in on the Conversations,” Friday, Sept. at 6 p.m. See more at:

    • Afua Cooper, community activist, scholar, dub poet and James R. Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies, Dalhousie University, Halifax. Keynote title: “Enslaved African Canadian Teenager and White Male Privilege,” Friday Sept. 30, at 6:45 p.m. See more at:

    • Shuaneen Pete, associate professor, Regina University. Keynote title: “Acting Up: Activism and Action,” Friday, Sept. 30 at 7:30 p.m. See more at:

    • Jasiri X, mentor, educator and community leader. Keynote title: “America’s Most Wanted: Hip Hop, Media, and Mass Incarceration,” Saturday, Oct. 1  at 1 p.m. See more at:

    • Ritu Bhasin, community activist and lawyer. Keynote title: “Breaking the Shackles of Oppression & Addressing Privilege: Rise through the Authenticity Principle.” Saturday, Oct. 1 at 9:30 a.m. See more at:
    • Jada Monica Drew, executive diversity & leadership trainer and author. Keynote title: “Building Youth Leadership using the Youth Action Project (YAP) Approach,” Saturday, Oct. 1 at 4 p.m. See more at:

    • Shirley Cheechoo, Brock University Chancellor, actress and filmmaker. Keynote title: “My Road To Healing As A Residential School Warrior,” Saturday, Oct. 1 at 4:45 p.m.

    *NOTE: registration will take place in the main lobby of Welch Hall.

    For more information, to confirm your attendance or assistance arranging interviews:

    * Dan Dakin, Media Relations Officer, Brock University, 905-688-5550 x5353 or 905-347-1970

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  • Brock experts available Tuesday to look back at historic Clinton/Trump debate

    EXPERT ADVISORY: R00208 – 26 September 2016

    As Donald Trump would say, tonight’s presidential debate is going to be “huge.” Trump and his opponent in the race for the White House, Hillary Clinton, will square off live at 9 p.m. from Hofstra University in Hemstead, N.Y.

    With Trump’s reputation for going off-script and saying whatever seems to pop into his head, combined with Clinton’s shrinking advantage in the polls, it’s expected to be a political event for the ages.

    Early estimates put the expected audience at as high as 100 million people around the world. Viewers can catch the debate live on all of the major U.S. networks, as well as live streamed on Facebook, Twitter and websites of many of the major media outlets.

    Watching the debate closely will be Paul Hamilton and Tony Volk, a pair of Brock University professors, who have their own opinions on how this presidential race is playing out.

    Hamilton is a Political Science associate professor who teaches on U.S. politics. He can speak about his reaction to the debate, the significance of the event and on the presidential race in general.

    Volk is an associate professor in the Department of Child and Youth Studies whose research focuses on bullying issues. He and Brock colleague Angela Book are currently working on a study comparing the public personalities of both Trump and Clinton. Volk can comment on whether or not Trump crossed the line of bullying, as well as the candidates’ personalities, and on the outcome of the debate.

    For more information or for assistance arranging interviews:

    * Dan Dakin, Media Relations Officer, Brock University, 905-688-5550 x5353 or 905-347-1970

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