Commit to action

Ending racism requires action. We invite all members of the UVic community to get involved. Some ways to act to end racism include:

Engage in ongoing learning: Seek out and stay informed. Check out Challenge Racist “British Columbia”: 150 Years and Counting Project and the Resilience BC: Anti-Racism Network

Create brave space. Create opportunities for UVic students, staff, faculty and community partners to reflect on racism and other discriminations on campus and in the wider community. Read an Invitation to Brave Space for inspiration and reflection.

Have courageous conversations. Engage in courageous conversations about how to challenge racism on campus and create a more welcoming, inclusive and respectful environment, in person and online.

Here are some resources that could assist in having courageous conversations:

Acknowledge your role. Spend intentional time absorbing and applying resources to understand the realities of racism and transform your own role in upholding racism. Knowing that each person has their own complex, intersectional identity, the following resources may be relevant to some:

Reflect on teaching and learning. Engage on your own and with participants in critical self-reflection on a range of teaching practices, including the construction of syllabi, the stories we tell in lecture, the perils of class discussions, and assumptions about students

Reflect on learning. Consider what you learn in classes, both the visible and the hidden curriculum. Who and what is in the curriculum and who or what is excluded? What methods are used to engage with students? What expectations are there about whose contributions matter and how to engage? What opportunities are there for marginalized students to be heard and to succeed?

Dig at racism’s roots. Critically examine the intersections between decolonization and anti-racism. Learn about how to decolonize antiracism work, and to advance both simultaneously. Unpack how white supremacy shows up in our organizations.

Generate ideas. Develop a list of recommended actions to inform approaches to anti-racism advocacy and policy development work. Adopt some and share with collaborators

Advocate and ally. Open up ‘safer spaces’ to share everyday advocacy strategies in building allyship and combating racism. Here is a quick video on 5 Tips for Being an Ally.

Relationship as Resolution

At some point we will be in conflict, we will make mistakes, we will trespass on each others’ triggers
We can’t know each others’ triggers
Willingness to stay in relationship, regardless
Come back to the table, stay in the conversation
Get curious about the desire to punish, shame, attack, withdraw, cancel, blame
Moving away from binary “us vs. them” thinking
…To move together on our journey to becoming anti-racist.

Source: Rehana Tejpar of Bloom Consulting

Way forward

Anti-racism work is not new at UVic. For many years, university community members have worked tirelessly, advocating for an anti-racist campus. The current Anti-Racism Education Program is part of this on-going work and seeks to incorporate as many voices and strategies as possible.

Anti-racism work will be further engaged in UVic’s upcoming Equity Action Plan. Alongside this wide-reaching initiative, we will be developing an updated Anti-Racism Strategy for the campus.

We call on our partners and collaborators, and on all UVic students, staff and faculty, to join in combating racism and all forms of discrimination. If you would like to be part of the upcoming planning processes and UVic’s anti-racism initiatives, please contact:

Moussa Magassa, PhD
Specialist, EDI Education and Partnerships

Equity and Human Rights
250-472-4114