Plans and Institutionally-Endorsed Reports
Carleton’s commitment to Anti-Black Racism and Black Inclusion is articulated through the documents and reports listed below.
EDI Action Plan
Carleton’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan outlines ways to reimagine curricular and pedagogical practices, and commits to further enhancing student supports, research infrastructure, leadership development for academic and non-academic staff, organizational culture and more.
Carleton is among more than 40 universities across Canada that have signed and endorsed the Scarborough Charter on Anti-Black Racism and Black Inclusion in Canadian Higher Education.
UN International Decade for People of African Descent
Carleton joins the global community in recognizing the United Nations (UN) International Decade for People of African Descent.
Faculty Advisors, Anti-Black Racism and Black Inclusion
Profs. Audra A. Diptée (History) and Nduka Otiono (African Studies) were appointed as Faculty Advisors on Anti-Black Racism and Black Inclusion, effective July 1, 2022 as part of Carleton’s commitment to implement the Scarborough Charter, and in support of building faculty-specific initiatives. Profs. Diptée and Otiono collaborate with senior leaders on initiatives such as: increasing Black representation, particularly among faculty ranks; fostering a sense of belonging and supporting Black student excellence; enhancing Black Studies curriculum and pedagogy; and increasing training opportunities against anti-Black racism for members of the Carleton community.
Prof. Audra Diptée is an associate professor in the Department of History whose research focuses on Africa and the Caribbean, slavery and race relations; critical applied history and historical consciousness; children and childhood; race, power, memory and identity in Global South contexts. She is also the coordinator of Carleton’s Latin American and Caribbean Studies program.
Prof. Nduka Otiono is an associate professor in the Institute of African Studies whose interdisciplinary research focuses on popular urban narratives in postcolonial Africa and how they travel across multiple popular cultural platforms such as the news media, film, popular music and social media. He also serves as as director of the Institute of African Studies.
Departments, Programming and Spaces
Institute of African Studies
Provides fresh insights into current and historical dynamics of Africa, building on Carleton’s long history of expertise on Africa amongst its faculty and graduate students.
Latin American and Caribbean Studies
This exciting interdisciplinary academic program brings together a network of university professors and students who share common interests in the study of the region and its diasporas.
Black Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub
The BEKH is the national central hub for research, data and insights on Black entrepreneurship ecosystems in Canada. It is led by Carleton's Sprott School of Business and Dream Legacy Foundation.
Campus Resources and Initiatives
Naming of Teraanga Commons
Carleton engaged African, Caribbean and Black communities in the process to name Residence Commons, a central building that is a hub of student life on campus. The new name, Teraanga Commons (pronounced tare-ang-gah), is a Senegalese name from the Wolof language that means sharedness, civility and honour where generosity of spirit is emphasized.
Black History Month Resources and Events
During Black History Month, people in Canada celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Black people and their communities. Members of the Carleton community mark this month annually in a variety of ways. While this is an important moment to mark annually, Carleton recognizes that Black inclusion must be an everyday, year-round priority.