Building Belonging

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. 

Upcoming Events

Building Belonging Closing Celebration

Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Time: noon - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Council Chambers (2nd Floor, Student Union Building)

To register for this event, please go here.

Let’s get together to remember and celebrate the work we did during our Building Belonging gatherings! 

Past Building Belonging participants and campus leaders will gather once more, and are invited to bring at least one friend. We’ll look back at pivotal forum clips and build momentum by sharing with our peers the “action item” we co-created in each gathering. Please register for this event, (and ask your friend to register, too). 

Past Events

Angela Davis Building Belonging Gathering

Date: November 20th, 2018
Time: 9 a.m. to 11
Location: Council Chambers (Student Union Building)

To register for this event, please go here.

This rescheduled event provides the opportunity for the campus community to respond to Angela Davis’ astounding forum.

Campus leaders will guide us through reflecting and expanding upon legendary U.S. civil rights leader’s forum talk: Angela Davis, and the audience members who asked questions, gave us a great deal to reflect upon and discuss with one another.

The gathering takes the shape of a conversation circle; one desired outcome is that leaders and participants will co-create action items, and apply these to our campus context.

Faculty, students, and staff are warmly invited to engage in this work together. 

Faculty, students, and staff are warmly invited to engage in this work together.  

Quenta Adams

Quenta Adams is a Student Affairs professional with close to two decades of experience. she holds an undergraduate degree from Dalhousie and a Masters degree from Mount Saint Vincent University. Her current work focuses is on access and inclusion for under-represented student populations at Dalhousie. Quenta is a member of Dalhousie’s 5.2 Steering Committee, is a member of Dalhousie’s Indigenous Strategy Steering Committee and was also a contributor to the university’s Belong Report. A first-generation student, Quenta identifies as African Nova Scotian.

Michelle Patrick, Program Manager, PLANS, Associate Director, Recruitment

Michelle Patrick’s work at Dalhousie has been grounded in inclusion and equity as the Program Manager of PLANS - Promoting Leadership in health for African Nova Scotians, is the Associate Director, Recruitment until June 2019.  As an alumnus of Dalhousie's graduate program in health promotion, working towards the inclusion of African Nova Scotians in the health field is important to Michelle and for the African Nova Scotian community.  In addition to facilitating conversations across campus on diversity and inclusion, Michelle is co-chair of the Dalhousie Black Faculty & Staff Caucus, board member of the Health Association

Chike Jeffers

Chike Jeffers is an associate professor in the Department of Philosophy at Dalhousie University. He specializes in Africana philosophy and philosophy of race, with broad interests in social and political philosophy and ethics. He is the editor of Listening to Ourselves: A Multilingual Anthology of African Philosophy (2013). He is currently working on a book on W.E.B. Du Bois as a philosopher.

Building Belonging: Reconciliation in Post-Secondary Education

Date: September 7, 2018
Time: 10 a.m. to noon
Location: Room R307, Student Union Building (SUB)
Warm lunch to follow, noon - 1 p.m., Room R302, SUB

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

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.

Campus Leaders

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

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

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

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.