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Black History and Liberation Month

February 1 - February 29

Text reads: U of T Celebrates Black History Month

The motion to officially recognize February as Black History Month was introduced in the House of Commons in 1995 by the first Black woman elected to Parliament, the Honourable Jean Augustine. The University of Toronto joins in celebrating and recognizing the change makers of African descent in Canadian history, who shaped the fabric of Canadian society and impacted innovation in all sectors including science, engineering, medicine, public health, education, politics, and the arts.

“In the field of social work — given our objectives to recognize, challenge and eradicate systems of oppression (including those in which we have played key roles) — I think it is fitting to ensure that we also focus on stories of Black liberation and social transformation,” wrote FIFSW Dean Charmaine Williams last year. “This is why I like the idea of calling this month Black History and Liberation Month.”


Alumni Association Event Series: Black Health Equity and the Culture of Accountability, with Notisha Massaquoi

Date to be shared shortly.
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Presented by the FIFSW Alumni Association

Alumni Association Event Series: Healing Through Afrocentric Care: Foundations of Afrocentric Care and its Impact on Black Communities and Practitioners, with Amma Gyamfowa

Monday, February 26, 2024
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Presented by the FIFSW Alumni Association

Invisible Wounds: Stories of Survivorship – Film Screening for Black History Month

Wednesday, February 28, 2024
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Presented by FIFSW in partnership with The CRIB


View the University of Toronto’s Black History 365 Calendar

View Black History Month events presented by the University’s Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office (ARCDO)

A Celebration of Black History Through Music

Saturday, February 10, 2024
7:30 to 9:00pm
Isabel Bader Theatre
A performance by the Faculty of Music Gospel Choir

Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW)

OASW is presenting a free, online series spotlighting Black innovation, leadership and Black-centric approaches in social work.

View OASW’s upcoming Black Voices in Social Work events. 


The U of T institutional Anti-Black Racism Task Force was formed to address anti-Black racism and to promote Black inclusion and excellence within the University of Toronto tri-campus community. Throughout the course of the 2020-21 academic year, the Task Force reviewed existing University policies, processes, and practices and considered others that would address anti-Black racism. The Report of the University of Toronto Anti-Black Racism Task Force was delivered to the President, Vice-President Human Resources and Equity, and Provost on March 31, 2021, and provided actionable recommendations to further Black inclusion and excellence at the University.

Since the Report’s release in 2021, students, staff, faculty, and librarians across the University community have collaborated to develop initiatives that directly address the Report’s recommendations. Learn about some some of the initiatives that have been launched as a result of the Anti-Black Racism Task Force Report.

Review U of T’s Equity Commitments and its progress in addressing recommendations that were developed to respond to the needs of campus communities experiencing racism and/or discrimination. 



February 1
February 29
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