68th Spring Conference
Carleton University

Diversity
April 28 – April 30, 2017

More information to follow

Friday, April 28, 2017

4:00-6:00 p.m. Arrival and registration
6:00-8:00 p.m. Dinner
8:00 p.m. Welcome, Themes and questions
8:15-9:30 p.m. Scholars at Risk and related issues
Angelo Mingarelli (Mathematics and Statistics; CUASA) Scholars at Risk is a new joint venture between Carleton University, the University of Ottawa, and CUASA with the purpose of providing sanctuary for threatened scholars around the world. We’ll review its
history and our hopes for the future and also address another recent
initiative, the Scholars Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF), another NGO that deals
with finding placements for scholars in a precarious state due to their
beliefs, the nature of their work, or simply breaches of academic freedom.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

7:30-8:45 a.m. Breakfast
9:00-10:10 a.m. The READ Initiative: Fostering a “culture of accessibility” at Carleton University
Dean Mellway (PMC) An overview of the READ (Research, Education, Accessibility and Design) Initiative, which builds on the level of involvement and expertise that Carleton already has in the disability/accessibility field and brings the expertise in all academic disciplines and service departments into collaboration.
10:10 a.m. Coffee break
10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Trans-Script
Tom Sherwood (Sociology-Anthropology/Religion) and Rosemary Nolan (teacher, playwright, actor, director)Questioning the comfortable assumptions our society makes about loving relationships, Tom and Rosemary will discuss the development and production of Trans-Script, a theatre piece that deals with the challenges faced by friends, lovers, parents, and adult children as they navigate the stormy waters of sexuality, gender, and identity.
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Indigenous traditional knowledge and climate change
Tim Patterson and Nawaf Nasser (Earth Sciences) We are collaborating with northern indigenous communities as a way to calibrate and cross validate western scientific reconstructions of past climate against their oral histories and experiences. The results of this cooperation will permit policy makers and planners to more broadly and respectfully include indigenous traditional knowledge into decision making, including in environmental assessments, resource management, and advancing our understanding of climate change in the north and how best to manage its effects.
2:45 p.m. Coffee break
3:15 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Free afternoon
6:30-8:30 p.m. Dinner
8:30 p.m. Social time

Sunday, April 30, 2017

7:30-8:45 a.m. Breakfast
9:00-10:15 a.m. From buckets to rainbarrels
Troy Anderson (Sprott) and Onita Basu (Environmental Engineering)Faculty members and students from three Carleton departments (Business, Environmental Engineering, and Industrial Design) teamed up with an NGO in Tanzania in a project to address water quality and access issues..
10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Diversity – No question. Inclusion – Substantial doubt
Merridee Bujaki (Sprott)Drawing on her own research and experiences in academia and the accounting profession, Merridee Bujaki, Director of Carleton’s Centre for Research and Education on Women and Work, argues that universities and other large Canadian organizations have done a very good job so far in reflecting diversity, but still have a long way to go to achieve meaningful inclusion.
12:00-12:30 p.m. TBA
12:30-2:00 p.m. Lunch and check out