Love and Liberation is a series of workshops and discussions that centre BIPOC student experiences as we develop concrete strategies for change within and between our communities. The conference will bring together community leaders, activists and those engaged in practices of liberation who will invite BIPOC students to deconstruct current realities while providing tools and resources for building an anti-racist future.
Participants will have the opportunity to choose from 10 interactive online dialogues that explore various themes including cultivating food justice, navigating racialized trauma, building Black and Indigenous solidarity, celebrating Black love, engaging in transformative justice and more.
Following the workshops, we welcome participants to engage in a wellness session led by anti-racist educator Selam Debs, who will guide us in a practice to embody movement and center our well-being as we engage in this work of decolonization.
Keynote | Looking Back to Look Forward: Beyond Police and Policing with Robyn Maynard
The conference will feature a keynote address by activist and author Robyn Maynard that explores the legacy of racialized violence in Canada and advocates a vision for a Black feminist and abolitionist future. Through critical dialogue and information-sharing, the Love and Liberation Conference will empower participants to develop sustainable approaches to driving systemic and intersectional change.
Event Schedule (EDT):
- noon to 4 p.m. – Conference Sessions
- 4 to 5 p.m. – Debrief/Wellness Session
- 6 to 7 p.m. – Keynote by Robyn Maynard
This event is a collaboration between the Cultural Diversity Office within Student Experience along with the Experiential Learning Hub, Guelph Black Heritage Society, U of T Scarborough’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Office, and Wilfrid Laurier University’s Centre for Student Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.