Reflecting on the 4th of July

While having a coffee on Canada Day (July 1), reading Kaleem Hawa’s article about patriotism in Canada, I thought about the 4th and it’s connection to patriotism. Then my mind flashed to my elementary school days, saying the Pledge of Allegiance and singing The Star Spangled Banner every morning through grade school. We also sang The Black National Anthem too! My mind then jumped to Black university students being told go back to where you came from, when raising criticisms about their university and country. Hawa’s article spoke of those who critique their country, including African Americans, and how their …Read More

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Soup and Substance Session: Are Canadians Too Polite?

On March 12, 2018, the Ryerson University’s Office of the Vice President Equity and Community Inclusion held its Winter 2018 Soup and Substance session entitled: “Are Canadians Too Polite: Addressing Global Perspectives on White Privilege and Oppression in Canada and Beyond”, a discussion that was a precursor to the upcoming White Privilege Conference – Global in Toronto to be hosted at Ryerson University (May 9 – 12, 2018) [Register here: http://bit.ly/2r7LiLB].
The White Privilege Conference (WPC Global – Toronto) will address issues of systemic injustice and oppression prevalent in Canadian society. In this Soup and Substance, the panel examines how topics …Read More

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Q&A with Denise O’Neil Green

(Republished with permission of Ryerson University; Some links and text style edits added by The Institutional Diversity Blog)
Ryerson’s first Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion discusses her journey from Chicago to Toronto
TORONTO, April 12, 2018 – By: Will Sloan
Why do you think Ryerson decided to include a vice-president portfolio that focuses on equity and community inclusion?
Over the last several years, I believe the president’s office noticed an increase in engagement from the community on a variety of equity issues. Moving the portfolio from a senior-level to an executive-level position is very significant. I believe that President Lachemi saw this as an …Read More

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New Game+: Relearning Life With A Disability

Last year I had the opportunity to be keynote for the Awards Banquet and Induction Ceremony segment of the 6th Annual International Colloquium on Black Males in Education 2017 held in Toronto, Ontario.
When I thought about what remarks I could offer this audience of Black American and Canadian men and women, I couldn’t help but think about my son and his experiences in post secondary, especially after a drunk driver hit him, which left him paralyzed from the waist down.
Maybe I could offer my experience as a mom of a Black son with a disability. In the end, we decided …Read More

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Denise O’Neil Green Appointed Ryerson University’s First Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion

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New position created to provide strategic leadership in equity, diversity and inclusion
TORONTO, April 28, 2017 — Ryerson University is pleased to announce that Denise O’Neil Green, whose leadership and advocacy have helped to establish Ryerson’s reputation for excellence in equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI), has been appointed the university’s first vice-president, equity and community inclusion. The appointment is effective immediately.
The creation of this new position is a natural step rooted in Ryerson’s deep commitment to inclusion and systemic change, and brings to the …Read More

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Ryerson University’s Soup and Substance Series: Winter 2017

The Division of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) at Ryerson University presents the Soup & Substance Series, a series of noon hour moderated panel discussions held at Podium (POD) 250 (unless otherwise noted). While enjoying a warm bowl of soup and refreshments, participants will engage panelists in an open conversation on a range of diversity related topics. Dr. Denise O’Neil Green, Assistant Vice President/Vice Provost of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), will moderate the series, which will be free and open to the public.
The remaining Winter 2017 schedule is as followed:Tuesday, April 18thSoup and Substance On the Go: …Read More

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100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women 2016: The Book

The impetus for this book came when we, three Black Canadian women, were at a breakfast meeting and the question arose, “Where are all the accomplished Black Canadian women?”. We realized that Black Canadian women have had a long history of quiet accomplishment that has, for the most part, gone under-reported. We wanted to highlight, document, and make visible the accomplishments of Black Canadian women, while simultaneously supporting the social, educational, political and professional advancement of Black Canadian women.
The bold and courageous women documented in this book have earned their place in this list of accomplished Black Canadian women …Read More

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An Expat’s Experience in Canada – Part III

In this video post, I discuss my experience as a U.S. expatriate living in Toronto, Canada as a Diversity Professional. Inspired by America’s recent presidential election and subsequent crash of the Canadian immigration website, I’ve decided to answer the following questions for my audience:
What has it been like to live in Canada as an expat?
What’s it like to be an African American expat?
What’s it like being an African American woman expat and mom? and
What advice do you have for those thinking about visiting or moving to Canada?

I’d like to better connect with you, so please follow me on …Read More

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Ryerson University’s Soup and Substance Series: Fall 2016

The Division of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) at Ryerson University presents the Soup & Substance Series, a series of noon hour moderated panel discussions held at Podium (POD) 250 (unless otherwise noted). While enjoying a warm bowl of soup and refreshments, participants will engage panelists in an open conversation on a range of diversity related topics. Dr. Denise O’Neil Green, Assistant Vice President/Vice Provost of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), will moderate the series, which will be free and open to the public.
The remaining Fall 2016 schedule is as followed:Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Beyond the numbers: What’s next …Read More

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“Words Are Things”: The Importance of Naming When Speaking Truth to Power

Like many, I watched Hillary Rodham Clinton accept the nomination of the Democratic National Committee, making her the first woman presidential candidate of a major political party, with a combination of hope, happiness, and pride, but what really resonated with me from her 56-minute speech were the words: “systemic racism”. It happened at about the 51-minute mark (54, if you started counting her speech from the introduction of her name and the 3-minute standing ovation she received from the crowd), where she said: “So let’s put ourselves in the shoes of young black and Latino men and women who …Read More

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