BIPOC Resources & Information

We at the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies (CrimSL) are centrally concerned with the exercise of state power through legal regulation and state institutions, as well as the way that such forms of power circulate in daily life. This includes the embedded nature of racism and racial subordination in our society.   

As a Centre, we are mindful of the damage and burden that anti-Black racism inflicts on Black people—including our students, faculty and staff—and that all of us are implicated in the system that perpetuates it. 

We know that there is work ahead to be done, and we will continue to commit to collaborating as a community to find ways to fight racism and inequality in our own backyard and beyond.  

This page has been designed to highlight resources and information about services and events on campus. If you have a Centre or U of T event or service that you would like included here, please email crimsl.communications@utoronto.ca 

Page directory: 

  • Resources
    • Mental Health and Personal Safety
    • Wellness and Learning Supports
    • Financial Resouces
  • Events
    • Series
  • CrimSL

Resources 

Mental Health and Personal Safety Resources 

For students that are feeling distressed at this time, please know you can access a counsellor 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through: 

  • My SSP for U of T  Students (a 24/7 counselling assistance in multiple languages) 1-844-451-9700; student outside of North American can call 001-416-380-6578. 
  • Good2Talk Student Helpline1-866-925-5454 
  • Introducing Navi: Your mental health wayfinder U of T students now have a more streamlined way to discover mental health resources and supports. Navi, short for navigator, is a chat-based service that acts as a virtual assistant for students wanting to learn more about the mental health supports available to them at the University of Toronto. 

Personal Safety Concerns 

External Services: 

Additional Wellness and Learning Supports 

Financial Resources 

UofT Awards Explorer: Search for Undergraduate and Graduate awards, including awards specific to Black and Indigenous students 

School of Graduate Studies Fellowships and Bursaries for Black and/or Indigenous Students

Other Funding Resources for Graduate Students that may have a Black and Indigenous student focus 

COVID-19 Graduate Student Emergency Bursary 

Office of the Vice-Provost, Students COVID-19 Financial Support & Funding Opportunities 

University of Toronto Graduate Student Union (UTSGU) List of Resources for Black Graduate Students 

Other

Anti-black racism reading list: This is a selection, not an exhaustive list, of resources available across the University of Toronto Library system on the topics of anti-Black racism and violence in Canada, Black resistance, race and health equity, and educating against anti-Black racism.

Black Studies Summer Seminar

June 14-18, 2021 Call for Applications (deadline: March 1st, 2021)
The Black Studies Summer Seminar is a one-weeklong research-intensive seminar engaged with various themes in or connected to Black studies hosted by the University of Toronto Scarborough and Queen’s University. Designed to produce generative and fruitful academic debates, we are focused on the professional development of Ph.D. candidates, Postdoctoral Fellows and pre-tenure faculty with lived experience of being racialized as Black.

The Black Studies Summer Seminar will work at the intersection of creative, academic and activist work, highlighting radical interdisciplinarity and centering collaboration, co-creation and experiential learning.

Seminars, Workshops and Presentations will be led by Kristin Moriah, Denise Ferreira Da Silva, Katherine McKittrick, Andrea Davis, Charmaine Lurch, Sandra Brewster, Mark V. Campbell, Kevin Ormsby, Andrea Fatona, Karina Vernon, Anique Jordan, Cheryl Thompson, OmiSoore Dryden, Alexander G. Weheliye, Pamela Edmonds and others.

Application Process

Applicants are asked to complete the application by submitting

  • a two-page research statement including how you envision this seminar to advance your scholarly work
  • the names of two references familiar with your work
  • an updated C.V.

Details on subsidies will be available at a later date.

Please email all applications in a single PDF document to bsss@utsc.utoronto.ca  by March 1st, 2021.

Events 

Series

ARCDO's Black History Month programming 

Reflect. Restore. Action. A series of Community Activations custom designed for the U of T community to address the impacts of racism through restorative activities. Hosted by the Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office 

Sexual Violence Prevention & Support Centre events, including Healing Through the Intersections Series: Race, Black Identity & Sexual Violence and other events for University of Toronto Students who Identify as Black, Indigenous or Racialized

Sexual & Gender Diversity Office Queer & Trans Students of Colour Discussion series

Hart House Anti-O Convos

Hart House Black Futures showcase

Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office Race, Equity & Action Speaker Series

Critical Perspectives on Justice and Inequality: CrimSL's new series on criminological and sociolegal dimensions of anti-Black racism, Indigenous peoples, and settler colonialism 

Centre for Ethics series: Critical Race Studies and Race, Ethics + Power

UTM Equity and Diversity Office events

Individual Events

Playing with Time: Dystopic Presents and Speculative Futures

Thursday, February 25, 2021
7:00-8:30PM
This is a virtual event. Zoom details provided with registration confirmation. Faculty, students, alumni, and the public are cordially invited.

Please RSVP by February 19, 2021.In this historical present of far-reaching instability and dystopian catastrophes, writers are imagining alternate worlds and futures. Black writers, Indigenous writers, writers of colour and queer writers of literature are breaking genres to surface the past and future to extend and change present trajectories. Our texts are haunted by the unresolved and ongoing past, informed by fissures in worldviews that create space to imagine the world to come. Our panelist of writers will share their processes of creating novels that challenge the boundaries of how we understand time and space, and what they are writing towards.

U of T’s Black History Month Luncheon

February 26 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
U of T’s Black History Month Luncheon, celebrating its 19th year, goes online for the first time, featuring special guests from different walks of life who will talk about their careers as well as Black history and culture. As is tradition, it will feature a keynote speaker and panel discussion. Another important aspect of the luncheon is the opportunity for attendees to support efforts at U of T that are meaningful and important to our community.

This year, the luncheon will be raising funds to support Black students and scholarship.

Keynote Speaker: Kimberly David, Senior Executive Vice President, Social Impact, Growth Initiatives & Legislative Affairs of the NHL

Guest Speaker: Tatiyana Ali, Actress

Registration is required

Queer Directions Symposium: Indigeneities & Sexualities

Fri, March 12, 2021
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST

Register on Eventbrite to receive the Zoom link for the event
Join us for the fifth annual Queer Directions Symposium! Queer Directions is an annual symposium hosted by the Bonham Centre whose primary goal is to offer a dynamic forum for discussion of the most recent and relevant issues in queer, trans, and sexuality studies. This year’s Symposium is “Indigeneities & Sexualities” with guest speakers Audra Simpson, Dayna Danger, Joseph M. Pierce, and T.J. Tallie.This event will be held as a 500-person Zoom webinar (attendance is first-come, first-served to the webinar on day-of) as well as a Youtube livestream on the online event page. Registration on Eventbrite is required for access to both links. Live captions will be available.

CrimSL 

 

This resource page draws heavily on the materials put together by the Faculty of Information. You can see the original iSchool version here.