october, 2017

10oct12:00 pm- 1:30 pmCentre Talks: Collecting race-based data-what is your conceptual framework?


Event Details

Space is limited. To RSVP, please email centrelist@smh.ca

Presentation by: Rinaldo Walcott

Introduced and moderated by:
LLana James

Right now, in Ontario, institutions such as hospitals and schools are beginning to collect race-based data. Many calls for this data were inspired by the need to identify and address the inequities produced by these same institutions, and the broader systems in which they are embedded. Health researchers and clinical providers, however, can restrict themselves to biomedical frameworks. This leaves foundational historical, political and sociological contexts that have the potential to mitigate harm and to make meaning of race-based data out of the picture. This session suggests some of the skills and concepts health researchers, clinical providers and administrators require to engage the collection, analysis and application of race-based data in a meaningful way.

Rinaldo Walcott is an Associate Professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto and the Director of the Women and Gender Studies Institute, as well as a member of the Graduate Program in Cinema Studies of the Faculty of Arts and Science, University of Toronto. His teaching and research is in the area of black diaspora cultural studies and postcolonial studies with an emphasis on questions of sexuality, gender, nation, citizenship and multiculturalism. As an interdisciplinary black studies scholar Rinaldo has published in a wide range of venues. His articles have appeared in journals and books, as well as popular venues like newspapers and magazines. He often comments on black cultural life for radio and TV.

Rinaldo is the author of Black Like Who: Writing Black Canada (Insomniac Press, 1997 with a second revised edition in 2003); he is also the editor of Rude: Contemporary Black Canadian Cultural Criticism (Insomniac, 2000). As well Rinaldo is the Co-editor with Roy Moodley of Counselling Across and Beyond Cultures: Exploring the Work of Clemment Vontress in Clinical Practice (University of Toronto Press, 2010). Currently, Rinaldo is completing The Long Emancipation: Moving Towards Freedom. Additionally Rinaldo is co-editor with Dina Georgis and Katherine McKittrick of No Language Is Neutral: Essays on Dionne Brand, Topia: The Journal of Canadian Cultural Studies. Rinaldo is the General Editor of Topia as well. He is also the author of Queer Returns: Essays on Multiculturalism, Diaspora and Black Studies (Insomniac Press, 2016).

LLana James is the Research Manager of the High Impact Field Based (Hi Fi) Interventions Lab at the Centre for Urban Health Solutions at St. Michael’s Hospital. LLana was the Executive Director of a community-based AIDS service organization where she was recognized for outstanding leadership and service by the United Way. In addition, LLana has held roles including: consultant to the palliative care sector; National HIV/AIDS coordinator for African, Caribbean and Black Canadians; and, consultant to the President and Executive of the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres. LLana’s research has appear in a range of peer-reviewed publications.




(Tuesday) 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Room 241, 209 Victoria St., venue is wheelchair accessible



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