Black Affinity Groups

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Black Affinity Groups & Student Spaces

On this page, you will find a collection of affinity groups with resources for Black-identifying staff, faculty and students from universities and colleges across Canada.

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UTSC Anti-Black Racism & Black Inclusion Advisory Committee

The UTSC Anti-Black Racism & Black Inclusion Advisory Committee (ABR-BIAC) brings together a reputable and valuable group of students, faculty, staff, alumni and community partners who share our commitment as they undertake initiatives to uphold, sustain, and strengthen UTSC’s strategic priorities and objectives with respect to addressing anti-Black racism and fostering Black inclusion at UTSC and whose enriching ideas will guide and support the campus’ efforts in all facets of our mission.

  • edio.utsc@utoronto.ca
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York University Black Staff Network (YUBSN)

Governed by an elected executive committee, the York University Black Staff Network (YUBSN) serves as a place of engagement, support and community for Black identifying non-academic staff at the University. This network is comprised entirely of non-academic staff who self-identify as Black – this includes all non-academic staff spanning all employee groups and/or bargaining units across all campuses including the York U - TD Community Engagement Centre. Members of the YUBSN play an integral role in the effective functioning of the university and the achievement of its goals. The network will facilitate opportunities for networking, professional development and overall advancement of Black employees so that they can find their voice at York.
  • bsn@yorku.ca
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Employee Resource Group (ERG) for Black, Indigenous, Racialized Staff (BIRS)

An Employee Resource Group (ERG) is intended to be of value and benefit to both the individual members of the group and to the organization. Accordingly, the Black, Indigenous, and Racialized Staff* (BIRS) ERG has been established to contribute to the following mutually beneficial individual and institutional goals:
For individual members, the activities of the ERG are expected to do the following:
• improve relationships and coalition building opportunities within and across staff* communities;
• amplify the voices of staff* members in relation to issues and needs elevated for institutional attention;
• support the acquisition of knowledge, skills, confidence, and networks to facilitate staff* career growth; and
• increase staff* awareness of and ability to navigate institutional systems.
  • equity@mcmaster.ca
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University of Manitoba Black Alliance

UMBA was formed to acknowledge and honour the specific history of dispossession, enslavement, segregation, settler colonialism, and related conditions that resulted in a Black presence in Canada.

UMBA:

• Fosters active communication between alumni, faculty, staff, students and the greater University of Manitoba’s (UM) community through multiple engagement platforms.
• Advances the university’s mission, to create, preserve, communicate and apply knowledge, contributing to the cultural, social and economic well-being of the people of Manitoba, Canada and the world.

  • UMBLACKALLIANCE@umanitoba.ca
University of Winnipeg

Critical Race Network @ UW

The Critical Race Network @ UW is a group of faculty and students who are committed to making more visible University of Winnipeg research and teaching about race and ethnicity. This group was initiated in 2016 with the goal of organizing across disciplines and departments, revealing the robust conversations many of us were already having in our own classrooms and writing, and imagining opportunities to collaborate and build an even more apparent presence on campus. We hope to bring Critical Race programming and events to UWinnipeg, streamline and organize curriculum in ways that showcase courses focusing on this field in significant ways, and support BIPOC students, faculty, and staff members while conversing with other groups, including the people working in and in connection with the Department of Indigenous Studies as well as people working in area studies at UWinnipeg.
  • j.wills@uwinnipeg.ca
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UBC Black Caucus

The mission of the UBC Black Caucus is to promote a greater sense of community, advocate progress and maintain ongoing support for Black students, staff, and faculty at UBC in an effort to enhance anti-racism and cultural diversity within the University, and support the academic mission of the institution.

The Black Caucus acknowledges that UBC’s campuses in Vancouver and the Okanagan sit on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, and Syilx peoples. The UBC Black Caucus is an independent organization at the University of British Columbia that brings together Black students, staff, and faculty from across UBC’s campuses.

  • black.caucus@ubc.ca
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Black Perspectives Office

The Black Perspectives Office (BPO) supports, resources and advocates for Black communities, perspectives, initiatives and scholarship at Concordia University. The Black Perspectives Office recognizes the realities and impacts of anti-Black racism on Black Concordians and Black communities across Montreal, Canada and the globe. With these realities in mind, our goal is to move from rhetoric to action by aligning with the Scarborough Charter on Anti-Black Racism and Black Inclusion in Higher Education and The President’s Task Force on Anti-Black Racism. Our core mission is the promotion of, and advocacy for: Black flourishing, institutional change, Black knowledges, and mutuality.
  • blackperspectives@concordia.ca
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Dalhousie Black Faculty and Staff Caucus

The Mandate of the Black Faculty & Staff Caucus is:

To serve as a voice for the concerns of the Black communities at Dalhousie University, particularly faculty and staff, by bringing these concerns to the to the Board of Governors, the Senate, senior administration and others as appropriate.

To advise the President regarding matters related to Black faculty, staff and students on campus.

To recognize the historical marginalization of the African Nova Scotian community, and its distinct history.

To support the academic and professional development of Black faculty and staff at Dalhousie University.

To advocate for the recruitment and retention of Black faculty at all ranks and Black staff at all administrative levels to promote equity and to ensure that representation at Dalhousie University is at or above the levels required by the Federal Contractors Program.

To advocate for enhanced curricular offerings reflecting the Black experiences at Dalhousie University, including critical support for the Black Studies minor and the establishment of a Black Studies major and further development of the discipline at Dalhousie.

To work with relevant others at Dalhousie University, including the various bargaining units, to ensure and maintain equitable treatment in promotion, job opportunities, and a work environment that is free of discrimination and racial tensions.

  • dbfsc@dal.ca
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Black Faculty & Staff Community Network

TMU’s Black Employee Community Network is made up of faculty and staff who self-identify as Black. Our mandate is to foster mutual support for our members. Through mentorship and networking, we work to provide an organized support system that will enhance the academic mission and cultural diversity at the university.

The network’s purpose is to:

• create an open environment where issues of inequity and injustice can be identified, challenged and discussed
• support the recruitment, retention, providing academic excellence, and facilitating the graduation of Black students
• promote the professional development and career advancement of Black faculty and staff
• expand and strengthen relationships of Black faculty and staff

  • bfscn@torontomu.ca
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Black Student Lounge

Est. February 2023
Black Student Lounge is a multipurpose space for the Black undergraduate and graduate student community at York University. Black students and Black faculty will be introduced to the space and each other. This space is the first of its kind for the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LA&PS) undergraduate Black identified students to meet, connect, create, network, and study. The aim of this space is to accommodate the changing needs of the present and future students while honoring those who came before.
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Black Student Success Centre

Est. February 2022
The Black Student Success Centre at McMaster University is dedicated to supporting and championing the holistic (academic, personal and professional) success and overall well-being of Black/African descent students and fostering a positive Black student and athlete experience. The Centre is a safe space where students can meet, share, socialize and access specialized support and services.
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BIPOC Study Hall

On Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at Brock University, students who identify as Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) are invited to join Learning Services’ BIPOC Study Hall in the Student Success Centre. The free resource, which runs from 6 to 8 p.m. features tutoring from fourth-year students who can assist participants with study habits and questions they might have as they tackle their assignments. The space will also serve as a welcoming environment for those looking for a supportive venue to finish their work.
University of Winnipeg

BIPOC Club

Est. 2008
At the University of Winnipeg, the BIPOC Club is just this - a safe space for students of colour to discuss their experiences and for anyone to listen and learn. Everyone is welcome in the BIPOC Club to foster understanding, a sense of community and to acknowledge the strong ties between the Black and BIPOC Communities through recognition, learning, healing, and support.
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NouLa Centre for Black Students

(Haitian Creole “Nou la,” meaning “we are here".)
Est. July 2023
At Concordia, the goal for NouLa is to create a gathering space where Black students can come together from across the university to be their authentic selves. Students can tap into Black joy and flourishing in their daily experience of campus, knowing that they have a strong community behind them.
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Dalhousie’s Black Student Advising Centre (BSAC)

Est. 2008
The Centre provides support for any student of African descent to help identify goals and pathways through your post-secondary career at Dalhousie University.
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Black Student Lounge (BSL)

Est. 2019
The Black Student Lounge (BSL) is an identity-affirming space on campus where Black students at Toronto Metropolitan University can study, heal, relax, gain tools and resources, make new friends and build community. The lounge aims to counter the harms of institutional racism and provide intentionally safer spaces where Black students can heal, recharge and feel a sense of belonging at the university. Although this is primarily a student-centered space, Black faculty and staff at TMU are also welcome.
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Black Liberation Commons

Est. 2024

“Black Liberation Commons is a place of activity, promise, study, debate, conversation, joy, party, and heartbreak,” says Faculty of Arts and Science Professor Katherine McKittrick, Canada Research Chair in Black Studies and Gender Studies.

The new space designed for Black students is located in Robert Sutherland Hall at Queen's University.