Fem U: The Promise & Perils of Equity in the Canadian University

Prof. Kimberley Manning

Professor Kimberley Manning, Principal of Concordia’s Simone de Beauvoir Institute, returns to Lakeshore for a second time. She outlines her topic:

The modern North American university was constructed to serve the needs of white, male, married professors. For the past thirty years Canadian university administrators, faculty, funding bodies, and students have struggled to shift longstanding racialized and gendered practices inherent in the academy. 

Although there is still much progress to be made, “official” equity policies and offices have led to an increase in the numbers of white women being hired, tenured, and promoted. The hiring of racialized women and men faculty, however, has not only stalled but actually declined over the same period.

In this talk, I discuss the promise and perils of administrative interventions, as well as initial findings from a bottom-up attempt to transform one institution of higher learning into Canada’s first “Feminist University.”

  • Service leader – Christopher Thomson
  • Musician – Kerry-Anne Kutz
  • Hospitality – Heather Falconer & Gary Spiller

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