Conference Keynote: Dr. Malinda S. Smith

Conference Highlights, Keynote Speakers

Diversity Gap in Canadian Higher Education

Dr. Malinda S. Smith is Canada’s foremost expert on race and diversity in Canadian higher education. This talk will feature Dr. Smith’s recent research on racial diversity in leadership positions in Canadian higher education, barriers to inclusivity, and solutions to our existing racial and gender inequalities.

Dr. Malinda Sharon Smith is a Canadian political scientist. She is the inaugural Vice-Provost of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at The University of Calgary. Previously, she was a professor of political science at the University of Alberta, where she was also a 2018 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Fellow in the Faculty of Arts and a Provost Fellow in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Policy in the Office of the Provost at the University of Alberta. She is also the President of the International Studies Association (ISA)-Canada, and Chair of the Research Committee for the Academic Women’s Association-University of Alberta.

Her research and engaged scholarship draws on critical theoretical perspectives in the social sciences and the humanities to explore questions of equity, human rights and social justice, African political economy and security studies, and diversity and decoloniality in higher education. Her recent published research traverses four main areas: first, diversity in theory and practice; second, critical African security studies including the temporality and spatiality of terrorism; third, global poverty and inequality, and, fourth, gender, critical race and intersectionality in higher education.

Read Dr. Smith’s Congress Guest Blog: Beyond a Single Story: Black Lives and Hidden Figures in the Canadian Academy

This event is open to all Congress delegates.  Financial support for this session was provided by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Co-sponsored by the Canadian Sociological Association, Canadian Political Science Association and the Canadian Society for the Study of Education.

Tags: Education, Equality and Inequality, Race and Ethnicity