Webinar: Embedding Anti-Racism and Decolonization in University Approaches to EDI

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 1:00-2:30 P.M.

You are invited to join us for an afternoon discussion on the importance of embedding principles of anti-racism and decolonization in the core missions of Canadian universities, featuring special presentations by Dr. Malinda S. Smith (Calgary) and Dr. Sheila Cote-Meek (York).

Dr. Nicole Kaniki and Dr. Bertha Garcia, Western’s special advisors on anti-racism, will then join us to outline their work to reimagine the current processes for equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) initiatives at Western, and address how their work will activate the recommendations of the report to the President’s Anti-Racism Working Group.

Full details and registration: https://westernuniversity.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__743kuCYQQeppKteHn_5og

Announcing the Undergraduate Global Health Equity Research Fellowship Program

The Undergraduate Global Health Equity Research Fellowship Program is a program aimed at building the capacity, knowledge and interest of undergraduate students at Western University in health equity research, with a local or global focus, or both. Six fellowship positions are available, valued at $1200 each. Each fellowship will focus on one of the following themes: racism and health; gender-based violence/trauma- and violence-informed care (TVIC); disabilities and equity; newcomer issues/challenges; homelessness and housing security; and, Two-Spirit and Indigenous LGBTQ+ health.

Under the guidance of faculty and community partner co-mentors, the fellow will engage in research, scholarship or creative activities within their respective area of focus.

The program will run between May 3-August 27, 2021.
Application deadline: April 6, 2021
Notice of decisions: April 16, 2021

» Letter of Information (PDF)

» Application form

The Undergraduate Global Health Equity Research Fellowship Program is a collaboration between the Health Equity Interdisciplinary Development Initiative and the Centre for Research on Health Equity and Social Inclusion.

Adopting human rights law as a rubric for allocating COVID-19 vaccines

As governments around the world grapple with how to fairly allocate COVID-19 vaccines for maximum protection against the pandemic, an international research team [including Dr. Maxwell Smith] proposes that existing human rights law should act as a guide for politicians and policymakers.

Read the full story in Western News.

Maxwell Smith was also interviewed on CBC London Morning about Ensuring ethical access to vaccines

What is Justice?: Contemporary Perspectives on Global Feminisms

Vivetha Thambinathan (PhD candidate, Health Professional Education, Western University) will participate as a panelist in What is Justice?: Contemporary Perspectives on Global Feminisms on Wednesday, Mar 10, 2021 at 12:30 PM EST.

Join the Pitt Global Hub for a special panel discussion in honor of International Womxn’s Day 2021. Our panelists will speak about the topic of “justice” in the current socio-political climate, covering issues such as the COVID-19 pandemic, anti-Blackness, fascism, socio-political unrest, and more from an intersectional feminist perspective. Panelists will speak from their personal experiences in addition to their research expertise in regions around the world.

More details and registration.

Read more: Vivetha Thambinathan’s recent letter to the editor in the Western Gazette.