Media releases

  • Examining white privilege important for educators

    MEDIA RELEASE: R00190 – 6 September 2016

    “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela.

    As an educator of future teachers, Brock University Associate Professor Dolana Mogadime finds profound meaning in the words of the late South African anti-apartheid revolutionary.

    In fact, she uses his book, Mandela’s Way: Lessons on life, love and courage, in her classroom at Brock.

    “It helps us to think through our own ways of teaching,” she says.

    An important aspect of her instruction is working to understand differences and how they impact a person’s experience.

    Mogadime is a member of Brock’s Racial Climate Task Force and the program director of the upcoming White Privilege Symposium being held at Brock on Sept. 30-Oct. 1.

    Throughout her career, Mogadime has explored issues of race and, in particular, the lack of representation of Black women in academia.

    This year’s symposium, the first-ever held in Canada, has the theme “Academics & Activists: Advocating for Equity, Justice and Action."

    Mogadime says the conference aims to shed light on white privilege for academics, educators, professionals and community groups concerned about the wellbeing of diverse groups living, working and studying in Niagara and the GTA. She says it’s a chance to network and coalition build around eradicating white supremacy, white privilege and racial oppression.

    She says discussions about white privilege and diversity are important, especially on a university campus.

    “It’s a chance for us to really reimagine ourselves differently than we have been,” she says.

    Eddie Moore, Jr., founder of the international White Privilege Conference, called Brock a “leader” in Canada for recognizing the importance of the subject matter and having the courage to bring together people working across privilege, race and borders.

    “Brock is a leading university across the world that is willing to explore some really difficult issues and go beyond Diversity 101 and really look at diversity, power, privilege and leadership,” he says.

    Moore says the speakers at the symposium aren’t just giving a talk, they will be engaging the participants and challenging them with action items and ideas.

    “It’s so imperative to have educators involved in this discussion because we truly have the ability to impact the future of the world,” he says.

    Mogadime says the symposium at Brock will cover a wide variety of perspectives related to white privilege, hearing from a diverse cross section of people including First Nations, Muslims, women and LGBTQ.

    The topics are not only important for educators, but also for students, she says.

    “If they can see the relevance of this, it will create an openness,” she says. “It’s an understanding we need to have in order to live in society. I really do believe in the notion of change from within.”

    Mogadime penned a report on the symposium and how it will be an educational forum for action and change, which can be found here.

    Anyone interested in attending the conference, or to find out more, can visit

    More information and a full conference schedule can be found in a recent Brock News story here.

    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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  • Brock’s Orientation Week offering something for all students

    MEDIA ADVISORY: R00189 – 2 September 2016

    Brock University is known for its stellar student experience and this year’s Orientation Week activities prove that there really is something for everyone.

    Brock University Students’ Union has broadened this year’s O-Week offerings in response to student input, making sure there’s something for people who love a party, and those who prefer a more laid-back student event.

    Riding on the success of last year’s theme, BUSU is hoping to create a sense of tradition for future O-Weeks by sticking with the successful Brockchella theme.

    “The theme was well-received by the student body and we felt it would resonate again in 2016. We would like to continue building the Brockchella brand until the student feedback tells out we’re out of touch,” said Steve Kosh, marketing manager at BUSU.

    Over the years, BUSU has listened to students and adapted its O-Week schedule to reflect their feedback including increasing inclusive and diverse programming that engages groups of students who wouldn’t normally attend O-Week events.

    First-year Experience, a new program focusing on supporting students’ transition from high school to post-secondary, is introducing three new events with the objective of attracting more introverted students.

    “There has been a lot of data that speaks to the need for more programming for introverts and international students, so we created events that engage these groups,” said Victoria Parlatore, First-year Experience co-ordinator.

    Robert Maunder, residence life assistant, adds that this is exactly the rationale behind running alternative programming along with the traditional O-Week events such as offering Games Night at the same time that the Big Ticket Concert is taking place.

    “We want everyone to get the first-year experience they deserve,” he said.

    This year’s Big Ticket Concert headliner, Ontario-native Alessia Cara, was also chosen in response to this feedback, reacting to a noticeable shift among incoming students each year.

    “For the last five years, our concert headliner has been within the EDM genre, but we felt it was time to explore something different. We’re seeing this culture shift among institutions and demographics when it comes to musical entertainment and what they want to see,” said Curtis Bell, events co-ordinator at BUSU.

    Bell highlights the hard work that campus partners put into O-Week every year to fulfill the changing needs of Brock students.

    “We see more and more demographics of students come out to these events and that’s because more staff and departments are coming together to build on the diverse programming we offer. When you have those dedicated individuals who are student-driven, we’re able to give students a high-energy and entertaining O-Week,” he said.

    Sunday, Sept. 4
    Residence Move-in Day: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Brock Badgers Lacrosse games: 12 and 2:30 p.m. at Alumni Field
    International Student Orientation: 12:30 p.m. in Pond Inlet
    Student BBQ: 5 p.m. in Isaac’s Bar & Grill Patio
    Residence First Night Dinner: 5 p.m.
    Kick-off Party and Live Burn: 8 p.m. in Schmon Tower Field
    Tower Party: 9:30 p.m. at Schmon Tower Field

    Monday, Sept. 5 (Labour Day)
    Res Games Pump Up: Noon in Isaac’s Bar & Grill Patio
    International Student Orientation: 12:30 p.m. in Pond Inlet
    Residence Summer Games: 1 p.m. in Intramural Fields (behind Zone 2 parking lot)
    Badger Bash: 6 p.m. in Jubilee Court
    Drive-in Movie: 8 p.m. in Schmon Tower Field

    Tuesday, Sept. 6
    Vendor Fair, Campus Tours, Clubs Fair and First-year Experience Hub: 10 a.m. in Weatherstation Field
    Faculty and Athletics orientations: Several sessions in different locations from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Real Sex, Real Stories Edutainment Speaker: 5 p.m. in David Howes Theatre
    Comedy Night: 7:30 p.m. in Bob Davis Gymnasium

    Wednesday, Sept. 7
    Best of Downtown, Vendor Fair, Clubs Fair and First-year Experience Hub: 10 a.m. in Weatherstation Field
    Annual Picnic: 5 p.m. at Burgoyne Woods
    Welcome Wagon: 5 p.m.
    Landmark Cinema Free Admission Movie Night: 7 p.m. at the Pen Centre
    Isaac’s Goes Interactive: 7 p.m. in Isaac’s Bar & Grill
    Meet and Compete: 8:30 p.m. in Fireplace Lounge-Earp Residence

    Thursday, Sept. 8
    Outdoor Yoga: 10 a.m. in Weatherstation Field
    Ropes Course: Noon at Youth University Ropes Course and Rock Climbing Wall
    Tea Social: 2 p.m. in Global Commons-International Centre (RM 104)
    Condom Poker and Dirty Bingo: 7 p.m. in Ian D. Beddis Gymnasium
    Board Game Night: 8:30 p.m. in CJ’s Lounge-DeCew Residence
    Isaac’s Pub Night: 9 p.m. in Isaac’s Bar & Grill

    Friday, Sept. 9
    The Hour Escape Room: 10 a.m.
    Open Mic Night: 6 p.m. in Isaac’s Bar & Grill
    Paint Party: 9 p.m. in Weatherstation Field

    Saturday, Sept. 10
    Brock Bazaar: 9 a.m. in Zone 1 parking lot
    Brock Cares: 10 a.m.
    Big Ticket Concert with Alessia Cara: 7:30 p.m. in Weatherstation Field
    Games Night: 8 p.m. in CJ’s Lounge-DeCew Residence

    Sunday, Sept. 11
    Residence Campfire: 8 p.m. in Alphie’s Trough

    For more information, visit

    For assistance arranging interviews:
    * Dan Dakin, Media Relations Officer, Brock University, 905-688-5550 x5353 or 905-347-1970
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