2015 Black History Month Forum

Friday, February 20, 2015
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

The OPSEU Workers of Colour Caucus invite you to a Black History Month Forum “OPSEU’s Social Mapping and the Precarity of Racialized Labour” on February 20, 2015 at the OPSEU Toronto Wellesley Office between 6-9 p.m.  with guest speakers  Peter Thompson and Dr. Carl E. James.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP Workers of Colour Vice-Chair, Elizabeth Ha at 1-519-919-0852 or via e-mail at opseuwoc@gmail.com.

Carl E. James is Director of the York Centre for Education and Community, and a Professor in the Faculty of Education and the Graduate Program in Sociology at York University. In the early 2000s, he worked as the Affirmative Action Officer for the university. His research interests include examination of issues of equity and social justice pertaining to access, inclusion and retention of racialized individuals in education and employment. He is keenly interested in questions relating to the opportunities, possibilities and limits of equity policies and programs that are developed to address the needs, interests, expectations and aspirations of racialized group members. James is currently working with other colleagues on research that examines the experiences and precarious work situation of Aboriginal and racialized faculty members in university. Two of his publications are: Life at the Intersection: Community, Class and Schooling (2012), and Seeing Ourselves: Exploring Race, Ethnicity and Culture (2010).

Peter Thompson is Chair of the OPSEU Workers of Colour Caucus and a member of the OPSEU Social Mapping Implementation Task Force.  He has been a long-time union activist instrumental not only in launching OPSEU’s Workers of Colour Caucus, but in 1993, he was also the first human rights representative elected to OPSEU’s  Provincial Human Rights Committee (PHRC). He has also since acted in the role of Vice-Chair of the PHRC and has been engaged in local leadership and MPAC collective bargaining.

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