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The Office of the Associate Vice-President, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (AVPEDI), in collaboration with the Tshepo Institue for the Study of Contemporary Africa and Laurier’s Black Faculty and Staff Caucus, is pleased to announce the launch of an annual EDI speaker series named after Associate Professor Lamine Diallo – a distinguished scholar in the Leadership program and founding member of our two partnering groups here at Wilfrid Laurier University. One of our institution’s long time champions promoting notions of equity, diversity, and inclusion across our campuses, this event is in recognition of his tireless efforts to embed these same principles into our collective consciousness.

Every year, the Office of the AVPEDI will invite three featured speakers to participate in this event. Speakers for this series will consist of recognized internal Laurier EDI champions, community activists, administrative and professional practitioners, and academic speakers from across the country.

Consistent with Laurier’s broader EDI institutional strategy, the Lamine Diallo EDI Speaker Series will help to raise awareness, competencies, and understandings about equity, diversity, and inclusion within the context of Canadian universities, while at the same time encouraging and fostering meaningful conversations with all members of the Laurier community. Each event will serve to complement other EDI dialogues taking place across the university about a range of equity issues that exist in our society.

2021/22 Series: Reflections from EDI Champions

“Reflections from EDI Champions,” the overarching theme of this year’s event, provides opportunities for invited speakers to share some of their individual and unique experiences, journeys, passions, reflections, and thoughts about the things that have guided and informed their work as it relates to issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion in a university environment.

As EDI advocates, we will hear about some of the successes and challenges that have resulted from their work and ideas about how we, as a university community, can continue striving to ensure these principles are firmly rooted in the ethos and culture of Laurier.

All events this year will be hosted online via Zoom and is open to all members of the Laurier community and general public. We hope that you will join us to hear from the EDI champions featured on this year’s program.

Nov. 24: Lamine Diallo

Inaugural speaker: Lamine Diallo, associate professor, Leadership program, Wilfrid Laurier University.

  • Date: Nov. 24, 2021
  • Time: 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • "My EDI Journey from Africa to WLU"

Jan. 19: Dawn McDermott

Dawn McDermott, senior advisor, Human Rights and Conflict Management, Wilfrid Laurier University.

  • Date: Jan. 19, 2022
  • Time: 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • "Exploring EDI"

Feb. 9: Clinton Beckford

Clinton Beckford, acting vice-president of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, University of Windsor.

  • Date: Feb. 9, 2022
  • Time: 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • "Beyond Personal: My Story of EDI Leadership in 'This Moment'"

March 2022: Jeanette Parsons

Jeanette Parsons, director, Accessible Learning, Wilfrid Laurier University.

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Barrington Walker, Associate Vice-President, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion



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