• #ShutdownSTEM


    Department of Psychology, Neursocience & Behaviour Statement for #ShutDownAcademia #ShutDownSTEM, Wednesday 10th June, 2020

All courses for every first-year Science student will be delivered online this fall. A limited number of students in their second, third and fourth years will return to campus for part of the semester.


The Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour recognizes that anti-Black racism is pervasive in our society and that both individual and collective action is necessary to eradicate it. We also recognize the many ongoing struggles of oppressed and marginalized people in Canada and around the world. In all cases, the request is simply to be accepted on equal terms and to be granted equitable treatment in all aspects of life. We realize that the task of stamping out racism and discrimination in all its forms is hampered by the fact that the roots of many social injustices are deeply embedded in societal norms, systems, practices and policies. The colonial history of Canada, which involved the subjugation and murder of indigenous people, and the exploitation of their knowledge, their property and their land, is a reminder of the wrongs upon which Canada has been built and from which it has prospered. While the callous murder of George Floyd by police officers in the US has resulted in a collective call for action to address anti-Black racism, it is also a prompt for deep reflection on how we can work together to end all forms of discrimination and inequity in our society. At this time of international protest, it is easy to talk in platitudes, or to post on social media, but it is hard to commit to long-term action against racism and inequity in our communities. As a department, we want to ensure that our efforts to tackle EDI challenges are ongoing and do not fade when the current media spotlight is redirected. To that end, we commit to redoubling our efforts to create a strong EDI consciousness in our department. In addition, we commit to listening to the voices of all community members, improving our understanding of the issues, and addressing inequities in our day to day activities. This will involve discussion, sharing of perspectives and working toward solutions to a range of challenges. In the meantime, today and going forward, we urge all members of our community to reflect and think deeply about the ways in which you can personally contribute to positive change. One of the central messages of the past weeks has been that it is unacceptable for people to say or do nothing about social injustice. Everyone must find the courage to speak out against all forms of inequity, wherever they arise

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