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The Cord — Change through disruption at anti-racism summit hosted by Laurier

Photo by Will Huang

Photo by Will Huang

On March 21, the anti-racism summit, which is also the United Nations Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, was held at the Holiday Inn Conference Centre in Kitchener to discuss and explore ways which university and college campuses can be more efficient in addressing the concerns of racialized students.

The focus of this summit was to develop strategies that will be sector-wide, rather than putting the onus on individual institutions.

Laura Mae Lindo, director of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Diversity and Equity Office, said in order to address racism, this shift in focus is important.

“If we’re addressing racism, and we recognize that racism is systemic, then we have to address it from the sector. We can’t eliminate it as an individual institution within the sector,” she said.

The summit was attended by over 150 individuals who held senior administrator positions at their respective institutions. It ran throughout the day and was split into three sessions that addressed topics such as racial justice through sector-wide initiatives, telling stories from institutions and students about racism and putting these stories into practice.

Leah Gazan is currently teaching at the University of Winnipeg and is a member of the Wood Mountain Lakota Nation.

Gazan hosted the second session which consisted of a panel with Drew Hayden Taylor, writer-in-residence at Laurier and Samantha Clarke, a social work educator at Laurier.

“We just need a place in the circle,” she said.



Ymana, E. (2016, March 23). Change through disruption at anti-racism summit hosted by Laurier. Retrieved January 13, 2019, from

ArticleKarl Patton