Sept. 22, 2021 The Division of Human Resources & Equity is now called the Division of People Strategy, Equity & Culture.

Inclusion in Action

Speaker Series

The Institutional Equity Office (IEO) invites members of the University of Toronto and community members to attend our inaugural Inclusion in Action Speaker Series.

The goal of this series is to host local and international experts, academics, and advocates to increase dialogue and understanding of equity, accessibility, and inclusion in postsecondary environments. Through an intersectional lens, the series focuses on systems of discrimination with the aim of dismantling attitudes and processes that uphold ongoing exclusion and marginalization.

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Monday, December 5, 2022 ▸ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Examining Whiteness in Higher Education

By attending this session, participants will:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of the myths that uphold whiteness;
  • Draw links between whiteness and intersecting forms of oppression and hierarchy, such as anti-Black racism, colonialism, capitalism, and ableism;
  • Gain skills to identify and analyze patterns and processes of whiteness within the academy; and
  • Self-reflect on how whiteness as a system is upheld through attitudes and actions within the workplace and learning environment and how these attitudes and actions can be challenged on individual and interpersonal levels.


Dr. Sheelah McLean
Dr. Sheelah McLean

Sheelah McLean is a third-generation white settler who was born and raised on Treaty 6 territory. Dr. McLean has worked in education for thirty years teaching high school, adult education and graduate and undergraduate courses in anti-racism at the University of Saskatchewan. As a scholar and Idle No More organizer, Sheelah’s work has focused on research projects and actions that address colonial violence. She is currently a curriculum developer for San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training Program.

Dr. Alex Wilson

Dr. Alex Wilson

Dr. Alex Wilson is Neyonawak Inniniwak from the Opaskwayak Cree Nation. She is a professor with the Department of Educational Foundations. Dr. Wilson’s scholarship has greatly contributed to building and sharing knowledge about two spirit identity, history and teachings, Indigenous research methodologies, and the prevention of violence in the lives of Indigenous peoples. Her current projects include two spirit and Indigenous Feminisms research: Two-Spirit identity development and “Coming In” theory that impact pedagogy and educational policy; studies on two spirit people and homelessness; and an International study on Indigenous land-based education.

Dr. Wilson is one of many organizers with the Idle No More movement, integrating radical education movement work with grassroots interventions that prevent the destruction of land and water.

Registration Closed

Format: Virtual – Zoom Platform.
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Audience: Faculty, Staff, Students and External Community
Cost: Free

Further Details

Participants will be invited to ask questions of panelists towards the end of the session.

If you have any accessibility questions or are looking for further information on how we might support your participation including accommodation requests, please contact, and we will work with you to make appropriate arrangements.