Sheridan celebrates Black History Month | Reconciliation. Solidarity. NOW.
Date: Feb. 1, 2023 – Feb. 28, 2023
Black History Month 2023
Throughout history, the collective struggle and efforts of equity deserving communities, allies and change makers have paved the way for change. Unfortunately, some individuals have had to take personal sacrifices. From the blueprint created by the civil rights movement, informing the women's liberation movement, strengthening 2SLGBTQ+ rights, to our current focus on truth and reconciliation for Indigenous Peoples - progress has been rooted in collective agitation, advocacy, actions which have resulted in collective progress for all.
In recognizing the lasting impacts of colonialism, we believe that reconciliation and solidarity are the high-water marks of our time. By reconciliation we mean - a call for shared healing and an ongoing commitment to the restoration of relationships. Solidarity unites us to work towards a common purpose to actualize equitable outcomes.
As anti-Black racism persists worldwide, we must continue to reinforce the importance of educating ourselves on our privilege and power and recommit to greater reconciliation and solidarity every day.
True reconciliation and solidarity demand real, structural change. As a learning institution, we recognize that much more remains to be done. It is our commitment to create a safe and inclusive space for everyone to unite, learn, grow, and engage in meaningful dialogue.
With this in mind, we unite as a community for Black History Month 2023 with a focus on:
Reconciliation. Solidarity. NOW.
Sheridan Celebrates Black History Month with Exclusive T‑Shirt Collab
February 1 – February 28
Sheridan Alumni is proud to collaborate with Sheridan graduate, designer and entrepreneur, Sandra Hamilton on a design for the Sheridan community in celebration of Black History Month.
Black History Month Coffee Chat with Akil McKenzie
February 1 | 12 p.m.
We invite you to join Sheridan Alumni, Sheridan Student Union, and the Centre for Equity and Inclusion for a series of 30-minute coffee chats on Instagram Live.
We are very excited to introduce our next guest speaker in the series: director, producer, cinematographer, editor, public speaker, and poetic artist, Akil McKenzie.
Reconciliation. Solidarity. Now. with Larissa Crawford
February 16 | 1 p.m.
Explore how we can build our capacity (today!) to ethically and sustainably contribute to reconciliation and solidarity within and between communities. Tangible tools and practices will be shared with the purpose of empowering the participants to reflect and articulate the value and wisdom they carry, regardless of age, status, or education.
Larissa Crawford, York U alumni 2022 ‘One to Watch’ awardee and founder of Future Ancestors Services, will be delivering this presentation in dedication of her two beloved mentors and accelerators of anti-racist change at York University, Dr. Lorne Foster and Ruth Green. In an effort to humanize and exemplify the three skills explored, Larissa will weave storytelling from her 14+ years of experience in anti-racism and Indigenous research, policy, and community engagement.
Black History Month Coffee Chat with Danielle Norris
February 22 | 12 p.m.
We are very excited to introduce our next guest speaker in our Black History Month series: Founder of Love of Literature, Danielle Norris (Corporate Communications ’06).
West African Drum & Discussion
February 22 | 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
The Den | Davis Campus
Presented by Peter Amponsah, Associate Dean, FAHCS & Joseph Darlington Theodore, Djembefola
Celebrating Black Excellence: Panel Discussion
February 23 | 7 p.m.
In celebration of Black History Month, we invite the Sheridan community to join us in a conversation featuring alumni who are modern-day heroes, making history right now with their work.
Our panelists have each been named to the 2022 list of 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women, or the 2022 list of 100 Most Influential Black Canadians. Their achievements, both personal and professional, are unparalleled, and they continue to excel in their fields while contributing to the vibrancy of Canada’s culture.
Film Screening: Ninth Floor
February 23 | 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
You are invited to a screening of Ninth Floor, a documentary by filmmaker Mina Shum that presents a watershed moment in Canadian Race Relations, ‘The Sir. George Riots’. A debrief will follow the film.
For more events and programming, visit the Sheridan Student Union website.