Building Belonging: Racism in Institutions of Higher Education (CLT)

*This session is hosted by the Centre for Learning and Teaching*


Following each Year of Belonging Speaker forum, the Centre for Learning and Teaching will facilitate a 2-hour gathering for people to learn more from leaders on campus regarding forum themes, and how to “build belonging.” These leaders will speak to the themes and then open up a conversation and provide opportunities for participants to share reflections and ask questions regarding how to apply what they’ve learned to their teaching practices. 



Building Belonging: Racism in Institutions of Higher Education

March 29th, 2018.

11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Student Union Building, Room 302

In this follow-up gathering, in response to Dr. Craig Steven Wilder’s Belong Forum talk, conversations will focus on racism in institutions of higher education, and how we advance anti-racist and anti-oppressive curricula and pedagogies. 


Campus Leaders for the Gathering:


Dr. Barb Hamilton-Hinch, School of Health and Human Performance, Assistant Professor: Dr. Hamilton-Hinch has been committed to increasing diversity at Dalhouise University since her time as an undergraduate student. She was one of several students in the early 1990’s, who were instrumental in the development of the Black Student Advising Center (a positon she later held from 2002-2008). She is a co-founder of the Imhotep Legacy Academy a program that strives to increase the number of students of African Ancestry studying Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, and is the co-Chair of PLANS (Promoting Leadership for African Nova Scotians in Health). She is said to be the first historical African Nova Scotian to graduate with a PhD from Dalhousie University.  Her teaching and research areas interest include closing the achievement gap for learners of African ancestry, increasing accessibility to public programs for individuals living with mental health challenges and increasing awareness and competence in students about all aspects of diversity and inclusion.


Dr. Kevin Hewitt is an Associate Professor, Department of Physics & Atmospheric Science, and Acting Chair of Senate (2015-16) at Dalhousie University. In February 2016 he was elected Chair of Senate for a full term (2016-2019). In the classroom, Dr. Hewitt strives to link Physics to the everyday lives of the learner. In graduate school at Simon Fraser University, he helped establish several university and community organizations and programs. He married his deep and abiding interest in science and community engagement at Dalhousie by co-founding the Imhotep’s Legacy Academy, a STEM outreach program for African Canadian students from junior high to university; a program he grew from a small room in the Physics building to a provincial program with an annual budget approaching $0.5M. These contributions have been recognized by a Youth Community Service Award (1999), Science Champion Finalist (2008, 2011, 2012) and the Harry Jerome Award for Professional Excellence (2014).



Dr. Isaac Saney, College of Continuing Education, Transition Year Program. He has taught in the Transition Year Program for over twenty years. He holds a PhD in history from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London in the United Kingdom. SOAS is recognized as one the world's premiere centres for the study of Africa. The dissertation focuses on the intersection of Cuban and southern African history. His teaching has encompassed courses on Africa, the Caribbean, Cuba, and Black Canadian history. He is the author of the widely acclaimed book Cuba: A Revolution in Motion (London: Zed Books, 2004). He is also an Adjunct Professor in history at Saint Mary’s University.