Navigating Racialized Spaces in Academia: Critical Reflections from a Roundtable
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Despite an increase in the diversity of the post-secondary student population in Canada, professors identifying themselves as ethnic and cultural diversity are only 17%, according to the Canadian Association of Teachers (Ryan, Pollock & Antonelli, 2007), and this represents a perpetual challenge for racialized teachers. The lack of diversity sends a strong message to all students: creators of knowledge are only a minority elite. These challenges include difficulties in supporting faculty and staff, developing their curriculum and feeling of validity in the face of predominantly white institutions. Reflecting on discussions about race,
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