Following each Year of Belonging Speaker forum, the Centre for Learning and Teaching will facilitate a 2-hour gathering for people to learn more from leaders on campus regarding forum themes, and how to “build belonging.” These leaders will speak to the themes and then open up a conversation and provide opportunities for participants to share reflections and ask questions regarding how to apply what they’ve learned to their teaching practices.
Building Belonging: Reconciliation in Post-Secondary Education
Date: September 7, 2018
Time: 10 a.m. to noon
Council Chambers, Student Union Building, 2nd floor
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In response to Senator Murray Sinclair’s Belong Forum talk, campus leaders will guide a conversation circle on how to enact the ‘Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action," and thoughts and ideas regarding embedding Indigenous content, worldviews, and ways of knowing and learning in our classes. One desired outcome is that leaders and participants will co-create action items. Faculty, students, and staff are warmly invited to engage in this work together.
Campus Leaders for the Gathering
Jennifer Llewellyn, Viscount Bennett Professor of Law at the Schulich School of Law
Jennifer's teaching and research is focused in the areas of relational theory, restorative justice, truth commissions, international and domestic human rights law and Canadian constitutional law. She has written and published extensively on the theory and practice of a restorative approach in both transitional contexts and established democracies. Professor Llewellyn was the Director of the Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Community University Research Alliance (NSRJ-CURA), a collaborative research partnership between university and community partners focused on the institutionalization of restorative justice, with particular attention to the example of the Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Program. Professor Llewellyn advises and supports a number of projects and programs using a restorative approach in Nova Scotia and internationally.
Naiomi Metallic, Schulich School of Law
Metallic, from the Listuguj Mi'gmaq First Nation in Quebec, was the first Mi'gmaq person to be a law clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada in 2006. She is currently completing a Professional LLM from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. Metallic has served as a member of the Dalhousie University Board of Governors, the Halifax Aboriginal People’s Network, the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society Bar Council, and the Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission, among other organizations. Her teaching and research interests include the very areas of a law in which she has practiced with Burchells since 2008: constitutional, Aboriginal, public, administrative, civil procedure, evidence, and labour and employment. She was named to the 2016 Best Lawyer in Canada list in the area of Aboriginal law.
Fredrick Wien, Professor Emeritus
Following a career that included an academic appointment at University of Western Ontario, and the Director of the Maritime School of Social Work in 1981, between 1992 and 1996, Dr. Wien served as the Deputy Director of Research at the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples where he headed up the research program on employment and economic development. Upon his return to Dalhousie in 1996, he continued as a professor in the School of Social Work but also serves as the nominated principal applicant for the Atlantic Aboriginal Health Research Program, funded by CIHR/IAPH. He is also the co-chair of the Steering Committee for the Atlantic Aboriginal Economic Development Integrated Research Program (AAEDIRP).
At a national level, he is a member of the Make Poverty History Expert Advisory Committee serving the Assembly of First Nations, and the Advisory Committee on Social Conditions for Statistics Canada.
Building Belonging Gathering: Mark Tewksbury
An unconventional workshop wherein the Dalhousie community expands on our Year of Belonging dialogue
Friday, May 18, 2018
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Student Union Building, Room 307
Please join us for our third Building Belonging gathering, this time to share our reflections on issues and inspirations from Mark Tewsbury’s Belong Forum. In small groups, we will collectively generate meaningful ways to practically apply what we’ve learned from Mark, to the Dal context and community. Mark will join us for the second hour, where we might share our ideas with him and invite him into the conversation.
Lisa Goldberg, Associate Professor, School of Nursing
Lisa teaches in the areas of perinatal nursing, nursing philosophy, qualitative methodologies and caring science. Her provincially and nationally funded research program builds on her clinical expertise as a perinatal nurse. Using feminist/queer phenomenological methodologies, her research explores the taken-for-granted practices of nurses and primary care providers in their relationships with women in contexts of birth and beyond—specifically against the institutional backdrop of gender, power, and heteronormativity.
Tim Muloney, Executive Director, Athletics and Recreation
After a long history with Dal, in 2017, Tim was named Executive Director of Athletics & Recreation where he currently oversees athletic facilities, varsity athletics, recreation, club sports and intramurals on the Halifax and Truro campuses. Tim believes strongly in the role athletics and recreation can play in bringing people together. Recently, Tim has sat on Halifax’s bid to bring the 2020 North American Indigenous Games to our city and campus while also focusing his department’s efforts on raising awareness on a variety of issues including mental health, sexualized violence and those who are alternately-abled.
Building Belonging: Embedding Indigenous Content and Ways of Knowing in Learning and Teaching
Thursday, April 19, 2018
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Student Union Building, Council Chambers
Building upon the themes and key points of Buffy Sainte-Marie’s Belong Forum, campus leaders Diana Lewis, Margaret Robinson, and Margot Latimer will guide a knowledge and reflection circle exploring aspects of Indigenizing post-secondary education. The leaders and participants will reflect on the importance of including Indigenous content and ways of learning and knowing in curricula and pedagogies, and how to undertake this important work in “good” (ethical) way. This gathering welcomes faculty, staff, and students, coming together as a community to share this important work. All participants are welcome, even if they were unable to attend Buffy Sainte-Marie’s Belong Forum talk on April 17, 2018.
Light refreshments will be provided in the morning, but all participants in the gathering are invited to partake of a hot lunch at noon, and ongoing, informal conversation.
Campus Leaders for the Gathering
Margot Latimer, Professor, School of Nursing
Margot Latimer completed a PhD from McGill University (2006) and a post doctorate from Laval University (2010) in neuroscience. She has held clinical roles at the IWK since beginning her nursing practice in 1989 and these have inspired her research endeavours which focus on Aboriginal children's hurt and pain and improving the health care experiences and outcomes for this population. Margot’s work operates from a Two-Eyed Seeing perspective which aims to incorporate the best of both Indigenous and Western ways.
Diana Lewis, Lecturer; coordinator, Indigenous Studies Program, Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology.
Diana, as a Mi’kmaq woman, has focused her research on environmental health and impact assessment, renewable energy, and climate change. Using a community-based participatory research approach, Diana conducts research with First Nation communities, governments, and Indigenous organizations on priority areas they identify. She recently prepared a climate change report exploring impacts, including health impacts, on First Nation water and wastewater systems, the Aboriginal fishery, and aquaculture operations.
Margaret Robinson, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology
Margaret Robinson is a bisexual and two-spirit scholar from Eski'kewaq, Nova Scotia, and a member of the Lennox Island First Nation. Her work examines the impact of intersecting oppressions and draws on critical, postcolonial, and queer theories, intersectionality, and third wave feminism.
She has led studies on decolonizing research funding in Canada, two-spirit people’s understanding of mental health, and cannabis use among bisexual women. In 2016 she led a team that developed and validated a measure of micro-aggressions and micro-affirmations experienced by bisexual women.
Building Belonging: Racism in Institutions of Higher Education
Thursday, March 29, 2018
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Student Union Building, Room 302
Responding to the theme addressed by Dr. Craig Steven Wilder, Drs. Kevin Hewitt, Isaac Saney, and Barbara Hamilton-Hinch, will lead a knowledge and reflection circle as an opportunity to discuss racism as it pertains to teaching and learning. With one another, participants will generate strategies to advance anti-racist and anti-oppressive curricula and pedagogies. This gathering will be particularly beneficial to faculty and instructional staff. All participants are welcome, even if they were unable to attend Dr. Wilder's Belong Forum talk on March 28th.
Campus Leaders for the Gathering
Dr. Isaac Saney
Dr. Saney has taught in the Transition Year Program for over twenty years. He holds a PhD in history from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London in the United Kingdom. SOAS is recognized as one the world's premiere centres for the study of Africa. The dissertation focuses on the intersection of Cuban and southern African history. His teaching has encompassed courses on Africa, the Caribbean, Cuba, and Black Canadian history. He is the author of the widely acclaimed book Cuba: A Revolution in Motion (London: Zed Books, 2004). He is also an Adjunct Professor in history at Saint Mary’s University.
Dr. Kevin Hewitt
Dr. Hewitt is an Associate Professor, Department of Physics & Atmospheric Science, and Acting Chair of Senate (2015-16) at Dalhousie University. In February 2016 he was elected Chair of Senate for a full term (2016-2019). In the classroom, Dr. Hewitt strives to link Physics to the everyday lives of the learner. In graduate school at Simon Fraser University, he helped establish several university and community organizations and programs. He married his deep and abiding interest in science and community engagement at Dalhousie by co-founding the Imhotep’s Legacy Academy, a STEM outreach program for African Canadian students from junior high to university; a program he grew from a small room in the Physics building to a provincial program with an annual budget approaching $0.5M. These contributions have been recognized by a Youth Community Service Award (1999), Science Champion Finalist (2008, 2011, 2012) and the Harry Jerome Award for Professional Excellence (2014).
Dr. Barbara Hamilton-Hinch
Dr. Barb Hamilton-Hinch, School of Health and Human Performance, Assistant Professor: Dr. Hamilton-Hinch has been committed to increasing diversity at Dalhouise University since her time as an undergraduate student. She was one of several students in the early 1990’s, who were instrumental in the development of the Black Student Advising Center (a positon she later held from 2002-2008). She is a co-founder of the Imhotep Legacy Academy a program that strives to increase the number of students of African Ancestry studying Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, and is the co-Chair of PLANS (Promoting Leadership for African Nova Scotians in Health). She is said to be the first historical African Nova Scotian to graduate with a PhD from Dalhousie University. Her teaching and research areas interest include closing the achievement gap for learners of African ancestry, increasing accessibility to public programs for individuals living with mental health challenges, examining the impact of racism and other oppressions on the health and well-being of individuals, as well as, increasing awareness and competence in students about all aspects of diversity and inclusion.