Video Available: Let’s Talk About Equity, Inclusion & Health

On September 27, 2021, Dr. Opiyo Oloya, Western’s AVP (EDI) moderated the inaugural session of the monthly Schulich EDID-I Dialogues Series. The recording of the talk is now available.

Ming – Ka Chan, MD, Associate Professor, Max Rady College of Medicine, UManitoba 
Topic: Xenophobia and Health

Wayne Clark, EdD, Executive Director, Indigenous Health Initiatives Program, UAlberta
Topic: Indigeneity and Health

Mohammed Baobaid, PhD, Founder and Executive Director, Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration and Research Associate, Center for Research and Education on Violence against Women and Children, WesternU
Topic: Islamophobia, visible religious minorities and Health

Danielle MacNeil, MD, Assistant Professor, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, WesternU and chair, the Canadian Society of Otolaryngology’s Women in Otolaryngology Committee
Topic: EDIDI issues related to Women and Surgery.

Host: Melanie N. Katsivo, PhD, Schulich EDID Office 

Teens Talk Vaping: A By-Youth For-Youth Project

The Human Environments Analysis Laboratory (HEAL) team releases new short film for the IHDCYH (Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health) Talks Competition Videos:

Teens Talk Vaping is a research project funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to better understand the place of vaping (e-cigarettes) in the everyday lives of Canadian teens. Taking a ‘by-youth-for-youth’ approach, a key feature of the project is inclusion of teens trained as ‘co-researchers’ to meaningfully contribute to all aspects of the study, from data collection, to analysis, to dissemination. This short film, created by several teen co-researchers, shares key themes derived from teen-led focus groups conducted with teens aged 13-19 years from across Canada. To bring viewers into teens’ perspectives and experiences, the film takes a first-person view, following a ‘day in the life’ through the eyes of a high schooler going through the motions of a typical day – from attending school where they are exposed to vaping in the washrooms, to party culture on the weekend where vaping is a prevalent activity, to social media where vaping content in omnipresent. By anonymizing the figure and evoking an emotional journey, the film captures some of the tensions teens face in navigating vaping opportunities and decisions in different everyday environments.

The film is dedicated in memory of Dr. Eugenia Canas.

Understanding Residential Schools and Reconciliation

Join us on September 30, 2021 at 10 AM to observe National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Cody Groat, Six Nations band member and Assistant Professor in Western’s Department of History and Indigenous Studies Program, will speak on the history of the Indian Residential Schools system. Professor Groat will tie the history of the schools into the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, and engage in a discussion moderated by Christy Bressette, Vice-Provost & Associate Vice-President of Indigenous Initiatives

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Discrimination Experienced by Immigrants, Visible Minorities, and Indigenous Peoples in London and Middlesex

This presentation will describe the collaboration between the London & Middlesex Local Immigration Partnership (LMLIP) and the Network for Economic and Social Trends (NEST) at Western University to conduct research on the discrimination experiences of immigrants, visible minorities, and Indigenous Peoples in London and Middlesex, with the goal of supporting the development of evidence-based anti-discrimination initiatives at the local level. We will describe the rationale for conducting this research, and the design and results of the in-depth representative survey conducted in March 2021. The survey focused not only on whether individuals have experienced discrimination, but on the specific contexts in which it is most likely to be experienced, what form it takes, and the potential consequences for individuals’ well-being and for our community. We will conclude by discussing some of the recommendations that have come out of the research and how this will help the LMLIP and other local organizations in their efforts to support our region as a welcoming community.

Review the full report: Discrimination Experienced by Immigrants, Visible Minorities, and Indigenous Peoples in London and Middlesex. In addition, see the CBC London coverage of the report and interview with Victoria Esses.


  • Dr. Victoria Esses – Western University
  • Huda Hussein – London & Middlesex Local Immigration Partnership 

Details: Friday, October 1, 2021 at 2:00-3:30 PM PM ET. Virtual Presentation. Email for access information.

Understanding Experiences of Poverty During the COVID-19 Pandemic | CRHESI + Crouch NRC Webinar

Webinar recording now available: What have we learned from the high influx of new people accessing basic need supports from neighbourhood resource centres during COVID-19?

In a recent collaboration, researchers sought to understand why Crouch Neighbourhood Resource Centre was seeing so many new people using their services. What were their stories? How specifically was the pandemic increasing poverty, or was something else happening? To understand more, participants completed surveys and in-depth interviews uncovering their background, needs, and experiences.

Presented by Jennifer Martino (Executive Director, Crouch Neighbourhood Resource Centre) and Dr. Abram Oudshoorn (Associate Professor, Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing, Western University) discuss the project’s recent report and key findings from the study.

Recorded on September 23, 2021.