Black History Month in residence

Residence Life - 23 February 2021

February is drawing to a close and so is Black History Month.

At Residence Life, equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) are at the core of the community we create. In recognizing Black History Month, we can learn from the past to make a better tomorrow.

We have a diverse student body and want to ensure that every student that lives with us feels included, treated with respect and able to celebrate who they are. Residence is and always will be a place that celebrates, respects and honours diversity.

The first step to make a change is to learn and educate ourselves regarding racism and its impacts. Recently, we created an EDI group that is composed of students and professional staff to learn about how racism affects our community and learn to change our practices. All of our student and professional staff this academic year participated in anti-racism training run by the Centre for Race and Culture.

Get involved

To get more involved with EDI in residence, take a look at some of the non-academic cohort offerings on Expedition:Connect. They're open to anyone living in residence, including those who are studying with us remotely. Our cohorts focus on Social Justice & Leadership, Global Education, 2SLGBTQ+, FMNI, International Students and French Language.

If you're interested in participating in service-learning programs or learning about social justice events taking place throughout the year, Engage Edmonton is a program organized by our EDI Intern and a great place to start.

What's happening on campus this month?


Screening and reflection of The Ninth Floor


African Woman Diplomat: Challenges and Opportunities

Sunday, February 28
5–6:45 pm
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Our EDI Intern is running a screening of The Ninth Floor, a a documentary exploring a critical moment in Canadian Black History: the Sir George Williams Riot. The ninth floor became a significant place of student uprising and displayed the resilience of a group of university Caribbean students in Montreal. We will follow this documentary screening with a discussion and reflection on ways we can be advocates and allies on campus and beyond.

Thursday, February 25
11–11:45 am
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Her Excellency Fatima Braoulé Méïté, Ambassador of the Republic of Mali in Canada, will speak to issues of diplomacy through the lens an African woman. African Woman Diplomat: Challenges and Opportunities is a free public event jointly organized by UAlberta’s Campus Saint-Jean, Black Graduate Students’ Association, Intersections of Gender Signature Area, the Peter Lougheed Leadership College, and UAlberta International.

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