This page is highlights past events that have been hosted by the Office of EDI.

Previous Events

October 2023

EDID Awareness Week 2023

EDID Awareness Week 2023 is a collaboration between Western University, Brescia University College, Huron University College and King’s University College. The goal is to model unity in this work and bring a week of powerful learning and awareness to our campus communities and the City of London at large with regard to themes pertaining to decolonization, Indigeneity, equity, diversity, and inclusion. This year’s theme is Honouring our Ancestors by Coming Together to Work Towards Reconciliation and Equity. During the week of October 2 to 6, there will be day and evening events and activities to share education and awareness on the importance of decolonization, the realities of racism, disability rights, and faith systems, celebrating our 2SLGBTQIA+ community, and shining a light on other equity-denied groups.

View the pre-recorded sessions for EDID Awareness Week

July 2023

Western Pride

This year's Pride activities will be held on campus and virtually, alongside the London Pride Festival scheduled from July 13-23, 2023.

Visit the Western Pride Webpage  

June 2023

Under Siege : Islamophobia and the 9/11 Generation

Date: June 5, 2023, 6 to 7:15 p.m.  Location: Zoom (Virtual)

Dr. Zine, will discuss her new book, Under Siege: Islamophobia and the 9/11 Generation. This timely and important book delves into the impact of the 9/11 attacks and the subsequent global "war on terror" on the lives of young Canadian Muslim youth who have come of age during these turbulent times. Dr. Zine unpacks the dynamics of Islamophobia as a system of oppression and explores its effects on the identities and experiences of Muslim youth in a post-9/11 world. This presentation provides a unique and comprehensive examination of the challenges faced by Muslim youth in the face of heightened anti-Muslim racism and the impact on their faith and identity.


May 2023

Celebration of Western's Inaugural Black Scholarships

Dates: Sunday 21st May, 4:30 pm, 11:30 pm

Monday 22nd May, 6:30 pm

Wednesday 24th May, 4:00 pm

Saturday 27th May, 6:00 am, 5:00 pm

Location: AFROGLOBAL TV INFO2472 on Bell Fibe | 708 on Rogers Cable | 886 on Eastlink | 884 on Ignite | 2701 on Telus

Western University celebrates the inauguration of its Black Scholarships in honor of James Jenkins, Lieutenant-Colonel Kenneth Jacobs & Carmeta Thelma Hodges with keynote address by The Honorable Dr. Jean Augustine

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Intersections of Racial Justice with Disability Justice and Queer/Trans Liberation with Lydia X.Z. Brown

Date: May 24, 2023, 12 to 1:15 p.m.  Location: Zoom (Virtual)

Lydia X.Z. Brown, advocate, organizer, attorney, and writer. Join Lydia and gain insight into intersections of racial justice, disability justice, and Queer/Trans Liberation. Explore the impact of systemic violence, reflect on access, and learn strategies for promoting equity and justice. Don't miss this opportunity to expand your knowledge with Lydia X.Z. Brown. 

Finding Power in your Authentic Story:  Storytelling Workshop with Veronica Antipolo “Sassy La V”

Date: May 26, 2023, 12 to 1:30 p.m.  Location: Zoom (Virtual)    

Veronica Antipolo, also known as "Sassy La V," is the head of Sassy La V Productions and the co-founder of Mosaic Untold Lives, a storytelling platform for women of colour. She will be leading a workshop on the power of authentic storytelling, where she will provide valuable insights and tools on how to communicate stories effectively and promote social change.

March 2023

Fostering Queer and Trans-Inclusive Spaces

The 519 will be providing our Western community with a virtual workshop surrounding the topic of creating SAFE Queer and Trans Inclusive Spaces. This session will provide tools to engage in allyship and work together as a community to promote and uplift the 2SLGTBQQIA+ community at Western and beyond.


Feburary 2023

Black History Month 2023

Western acknowledges and celebrates Black History Month, and encourages the campus and London communities to listen, learn and discuss.

The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is pleased to host a number of events throughout February and March celebrating Black excellence. These events are free of charge, but advance registration is sometimes required. Please see event descriptions for more information. Everyone is welcome to attend.

View the full lineup of Black History Month events 

October 2022

We Have Always Been Here: Sharing Queer Muslim Voices w/ Samra Habib - October 19, 2022

Samra’s work is deeply shaped by their Muslim faith, their experience as a refugee and an immigrant and their queerness. Unpacking the impact of all of those lived experiences informs their perspective and allows them to create work that explores the impact of those experiences on their life. In Samra’s talk, they will explore some of these ideas explored in their best-selling memoir We Have Always Been Here, including sharing stories of Queer Muslims around the world through a visual language and connecting the dots between their familial relationships and their identity.

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July 2022

Supporting 2SLGBTQIA+ People Within Faith Communities - July 12, 2022

The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is pleased to invite Dr. Brian Carwana, Executive Director of Encounter World Religions, to facilitate a discussion with local Faith Leaders, Pastor Sandie Thomas, Rabbi Seth Goran and Imam Abd Alfatah Twakkal. These leaders will discuss how their communities of faith support members of the LGBTQ+ and help them feel included and valued. Rabbi Seth Goren: Hillel Ontario's Chief Executive Officer and PhD student at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. Pastor Sandie Thomas: Senior Pastor of Spiritual Blessing Lighthouse ministries in London ON and a church to serve her community in the Black Creek and Tretheway area of Toronto. Imam Abd Alfatah Twakkal: One of the founding members of the Council of Imams and the intercultural community relations coordinator at the Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration in London.

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Intersectional Realities: Resisting, Supporting, Healing - July 21, 2022

On May 17, 2020, we observed the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia. The focus was on breaking the silence – examining the many ways we must tell our stories, claim space, establish our voices, and ensure we are heard. This presentation will draw attention to the continued resistance needed in your organization where 2SLGBTQIA+ members of our community may remain “invisible” due to a myriad of reasons. In this workshop we examine the ways we must work at ensuring 2SLGBTQIA+ members are seen and heard. Dr. Andrew B. Campbell (ABC) has been an educator for over 25 years, presently at the University of Toronto and Queens University. He is also an author, workshop facilitator, and motivational speaker.

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June 2022

Allyship against Islamophobia - June 8 2022

This session will highlight the need for action against Islamophobia in our community. It will encourage attendees to consider tangible ways to demonstrate their solidarity with Muslim-identifying people. Participants will be prompted to think critically when demonstrating Allyship and will be offered practical considerations when intervening.

Our Guest Speaker, Rumina Morris is an Anti-Racism, Anti-Oppression, Equity and Inclusion expert providing consulting and coaching services to leaders and organizations who are committed to affecting change. She has spent over 17 years in leadership positions where she has managed diverse teams in the human services sector and currently serves as the City of London's Director of Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression.

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May 2022

Understanding Experiences of Anti-Asian Racism in Canada - May 26, 2022

Amy Go, President of the Chinese Canadian National Council, will connect historical anti-Asian racism to the present context of systemic inequities experienced by Chinese and East Asian Canadian communities. Amy will highlight Chinese Canadian communities to generate discussions about identity development and building a sense of belonging within communities.

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Reflections of Asian Heritage Month: Examining allyship - May 19, 2022

As we celebrate Asian Heritage Month in Canada, it is critical to reflect on what this celebration means for Asian and non-Asian communities. Samya Hasan, Executive Director of the Council of Agencies serving South Asians (CASSA), will explore the colonial role in forming the Asian and South Asian identities. What does this mean for South Asian communities and non-profit and charity organizations serving these communities today? The session will also reflect on the state of the non-profit sector related to South Asian, other racialized, and immigrant communities. How has the pandemic impacted the role that the non-profit sector plays? Finally, the session will highlight the Council of Agencies Serving South Asians' (CASSA) 2022 South Asian Heritage Month campaign and the focus on mental health in South Asian communities.

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Feburary 2022

Black History Month Speaker Series

Black History Month is celebrated every February to honor, recognize, celebrate, and discuss the legacies of Black people in Canada and around the world. 

Western acknowledges and celebrates Black History Month, and encourages the campus and London communities to listen, learn and discuss.

The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is pleased to host its inaugural virtual speaker series celebrating Black excellence. These events are free of charge, but advance registration is required. Everyone is welcome to attend.

View the speaker series website and videos