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Black History Month at FIFSW

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In honour of Black History Month, the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work’s Black History Month Committee — comprised of students, faculty and staff — have organized a series of events for February. Their initiatives are part of celebrations and talks taking place across U of T. Below is an overview of what is happening at FIFSW and beyond.


FIFSW events

Blackness by Gaslight: Empire and Diasporic Memory in the Aftermath of Slavery

February 11 Lunch and Learn
12:15 – 1:15 pm, Room 320
Featuring Melanie J. Newton

Melanie J. Newton is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Toronto. She is the author of The Children of Africa in the Colonies: Free People of Color in Barbados in the Age of Emancipation and other scholarly articles and book chapters on gender, slavery and slave emancipation. +Read More

Navigating Systems as a Black MSW

February 24 Panel Discussion
6:00 – 7:30 pm, Room 320

This event will bring together four Black social workers who will share their professional experience in different sectors of the profession, including government and policy, child welfare, education, and mental health and health. +Read More

Art Wall exhibit: Canadian Black history: What do you know?

February 1 – 29

FIFSW’s current Art Wall exhibition invites visitors to contribute Canadian Black History facts toward a collective gathering of knowledge. Above a large, mural lining the Art Wall on the third floor is the question “Canadian Black history: What do you know?” Participants are encouraged to share their knowledge by posting a note or attaching printed historical facts. Together, the contributions will highlight the collective knowledge of the Faculty and the broader community about Black history in Canada.

+Learn more about FIFSW’s Art Wall.


U of T events & initiatives

From poetry slams to informative talks, there are a wide range of events to celebrate the legacy of Black Canadians taking place at U of T.

+ View a sample of events planned across campus.

Statement on equity, diversity and inclusion to eliminate anti-Black racism

In recognition of Black History Month, the Division of Human Resources & Equity has released a statement on the University’s ongoing efforts to advance equity, diversity and inclusion and eliminate anti-Black racism. +Read the full statement here.

Family Care Office resources

For those interested in resources to help facilitate discussions, enhance learning, and support celebrations for Black History Month with your family, the Family Care Office has compiled a list of resources. +Read More


From celebrating history to making it

> Community partners who are making a difference

> FIFSW faculty influencing change

> Spotlight on alumni


Hey FIFSW community! Is there anything you’d like to add to this list? Contact dale.duncan@utoronto.ca to let us know.