Beyond equity policy: Searching for institutional procedures and practices that support Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) faculty

Conference Highlights, Panels and Plenary, Professional Development

The purpose of this session is to identify and share insights about how to address racism and related issues that affect Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) faculty at Canadian universities. Drawing on the experiences and knowledge of equity officers and academics in various regions, this session aims to identify institutional procedures and practices that increase retention and success of BIPOC faculty in universities. Topics that will be discussed include:

  • Institutional procedures to effectively recognize the ongoing impact of structural racism on marginalized faculty, including ways in which post-secondary institutions can effectively address incidents of racism on campus
  • Promising practices that facilitate the professional growth and wellbeing of BIPOC faculty
  • The role of collective agreements in supporting BIPOC faculty
  • Strategies to support BIPOC faculty’s research programs, including community-engaged research.

The presenters will also highlight what is required to improve university equity and bureaucratic policies.

This session is co-sponsored by the Canadian Sociological Association Equity Subcommittee and Policy, Ethics, and Professional Concerns Subcommittee.


  • Arig al Shaibah, McMaster University
  • Glenda Bonifacio, University of Lethbridge
  • Claudine Bonner, Acadia University
  • Iran Chaudhry, MacEwan University
Tags: Equality / Inequality, Policy and Society, Race and Ethnicity, Work And Professions

Organizers: Johanne Jean-Pierre, Ryerson University, Jeffrey Denis, McMaster University, Gülden Özcan, University of Lethbridge, Irene Shankar, Mount Royal University