Human Rights in Education

If a student cannot be denied the right to participate in a classroom on the basis of their gender, race, or culture, Jacqueline argues that our approach to segregating students with disabilities is a violation of their basic human rights. Join us for a conversation about education, equity, and why we need to rethink some of our assumptions about the way classrooms are organized in Ontario.

Jacqueline Specht is the director of the Canadian Research Centre on Inclusive Education and a Professor of Applied Psychology at Western Education.

Will a populist, anti-immigration agenda come to Ottawa?

The Centre for Research on Health Equity and Social Inclusion is proud to be a co-sponsor for the next Wolf Hall Debates event at London Public Library. The question on the floor for discussion: Will a populist, anti-immigration agenda come to Ottawa in 2019? Probably yes? or, Probably no?

As we see populist, anti-immigration sentiment gain political traction across Europe and in the United States, we wonder: will Canada be different?

Monday, May 29, 7:00pm
(Pre-event concert at 6:30pm)
Wolf Performance Hall, London Public Library
FREE. All welcome. Coffee & refreshments served.
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Panelists and speakers include a number of leading, highly respected local and national thinkers:

Anton Allahar is Professor of Sociology at Western University, where he studies economic development, globalization and democracy, and ethnic and racial relations. Anton was born in Trinidad, West Indies, and completed his PhD in Political & Economic Sociology at the University of Toronto. Among his many published works, he is the author of Richer and Poorer: the Structure of Inequality in Canada and co-author of Lowering Higher Education: the rise of the corporate university and the decline of liberal education.

Victoria Esses is Professor of Psychology at Western University, where she studies prejudice and discrimination in attitudes toward immigrants and immigration. She is also the Director of the Western Centre for Research on Migration and Ethnic Relations, which facilitates research that draws on academic knowledge to inform public policy and practice on migration and ethnic relations in Canada and internationally. Her research lab aims to understand and facilitate more productive interactions between groups through laboratory and field research.

Stephanie Levitz (@stephanielevitz) is a journalist and Parliament Hill reporter at The Canadian Press, where she covers federal politics, immigration and refugee policy. She is currently writing the nationally syndicated Populism Project series, investigating Canadian parallels to the factors in America that led to Trump’s election. Stephanie’s work appears in The Globe and Mail, National Post, Toronto Star, Maclean’s magazine as well as on numerous news websites including and Huffington Post.

Ingrid Mattson (@IngridMattson) is the London and Windsor Community Chair in Islamic Studies at Huron University College. She is widely published on issues of Qur’an interpretation, Islamic theological ethics, and interfaith relations.  Her book, The Story of the Qur’an, is an academic best-seller and was chosen by the US National Endowment for the Humanities for inclusion in its “Bridging Cultures” program.  From 2001-2010 Dr. Mattson served as vice-president, then as president of the Islamic Society of North America (USA), the first woman to serve in either position.

Erna Paris is a historian and award-winning author of seven works of nonfiction. Her works have been published in fourteen countries and translated into eight languages. Erna’s book, Long Shadows: Truth, Lies, and History, was chosen as one of “The Hundred Most Important Books Ever Written in Canada” by the Literary Review of Canada. Her most recent book is From Tolerance to Tyranny: A Cautionary Tale from Fifteenth-Century Spain. Erna was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2015.

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This event is free and open to the whole community. Please share this invitation widely.


Taking It Local: an update on human rights

The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) and the City of London invite you to join us at:

Taking it local: An update on human rights

Thursday, May 11, 2017

8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

London Convention Centre
300 York St, London, ON N6B 1P8

This FREE one-day event features plenary and concurrent sessions on a variety of human rights topics.

Featured speakers include guests from the Ontario Human Rights Commission and the City of London.

Breakfast, lunch and light refreshments will be provided.


Register online by May 3, 2017 at

or by calling Alicia Carr at 416-314-4526.

Are We Actually Moving the Needle on Poverty?

A community conversation: As tax payers and charity givers, we spend millions of dollars to address poverty… but does it all really make make much of a difference? And how do we measure the impact?

Abe Oudshoorn is currently Assistant Professor and the Year 3 & 4 Lead at The Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing, Western University. He is cross appointed with Lawson Health Research Institute and the Department of Psychiatry, Western University. His teaching interests involve community health, mental health, global health, research methods/statistics, and advanced Nursing theory. And his research interests include women’s homelessness, program evaluation, health promotion, critical ethnography, qualitative methods, participatory action research, poverty and health, critical theory, mental health, and others.

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Trauma-Informed Thinking for Everyone

…the most common health problems, and the hardest to treat, lie at the blurry line between body and mind, where emotional scars from troubled pasts may surface as physical illness, pain and depression. (Hospital heals scars of war, inside and out)

We cannot see each other’s past experiences, but we are constantly learning more about the ways that past experiences influence our minds and bodies. In working with individuals arriving in London from Syria, psychiatrist Javeed Sukhera has recently had countless conversations with people who have endured refugee camps, witnessed violence and murder, lost their families, experienced torture, or faced sexual assault. He argues that to effectively help one another, we need to be acutely aware of how trauma and violence affects human psychology and physiology.

Javeed joins us to talk about why having a ‘trauma-informed’ perspective is essential not only for professional healthcare and social service workers, but also for the rest of us in society, too.

Javeed Sukhera is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Paediatrics at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at Western University. He is also the Senior Designate Physician Lead for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at London Health Sciences Centre.