Racial Justice Summit 2020

The UARR Racial Justice Summit  hosted virtually on

September 28, 29, 30 and October 1st and 2nd

 The event aimed  to bring together advocates from diverse fields to strategize collectively and to make meaningful connections. The Summit will also be an excellent opportunity to network with like-minded community partners, and will open up avenues for future collaboration. 
There was a total of 10 sessions with 2 per day, pertaining to addressing racism in and through academic institutions, community services, education, health, justice & more.

Sept 28 - Session 1 :Role of Labour in addressing racism  

10am to 12pm 


Tyler Downey, SEIU Healthcare Canada

Christine Maclin, UNIFOR

Amira Elghawaby, Canadian Labour Congress

Sept 28 - Session 2 :Role of Community Services in addressing racism

2pm to 4pm


Firdaus Ali, Canadian Council of Muslim Women (CCMW) 

Hodan A. Mohamed, Local CUPE 2137

Lucy Nyarwai, Confronting Anti-Black Racism Unit, City of Toronto

Sept 29- Session 3 :Role of Academic Institutions in addressing racism

10am to 12pm


Vidya Shah, York University

Jodie Glean, University of Toronto

Azinwi Kien Saningong, Canadian Federation of Students

Sept 29- Session 4 :Role of Media in addressing racism

2 pm to 4 pm


Angelyn Francis, Toronto Star 

Shree Paradkar, Toronto Star


Sept 30 Session 5 : Addressing Racism in and through Education

10 Am to 12 pm


 Jaclyn Wong, York Region District School Board

 Nigel Barriffe, Elementary Teachers of Toronto

Nora Hindy, Peel District School Board


Sept 30 - Session 6 :Addressing Racism in and through Health

2 pm to 4 pm


 Samiya Abdi, Public Health Ontario

Baldev Mutta, Punjabi Community Health Services (PCHS)

Liben Gebremikael, TAIBU Community Health Centre

Oct 1- Session 7 :Addressing Racism in and through Justice 

10 Am to 12 pm


Vincent Wong, Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto 

Fareeda Adam, Black Legal Action Centre

Andrea Vásquez Jiménez, Latinx, Afro-Latin-America, Abya Yala Education Network

Shalini Konanur, South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario (SALCO)


Oct 1 - Session 8 :Addressing Racism in and through Employment 

2 pm to 4 pm


Deena Ladd, Workers' Action Centre

Grace-Edward Galabuzi, Ryerson University 

Paulina Corpuz, Philippine Advancement Through Arts and Culture (PATAC)


Oct 2 - Session 9 :Centering Racial Equity in COVID Recovery 

10 Am to 12 pm


 Peter Flegel, Anti-Racism Secretariat, Government of Canada

 Nosa Ero-Brown, Ontario Anti-Racism Directorate

Oct 2 - Session 10 :UARR’s Youth Fellowship: Shifting Power through Meaningful Representation

 2 pm to 4 pm


Mohammed Hashim, J, UARR

Jared A. Walker, UARR


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