The Equity Myth:
Racialization and Indigeneity at Canadian Universities
By Frances Henry, Enakshi Dua, Carl E. James, Audrey Kobayashi, Peter Li, Howard Ramos and Malinda S. Smith
UBC Press, 2017
The university is often regarded as a bastion of liberal democracy where equity and diversity are promoted and racism doesn’t exist. In reality, the university still excludes many people and is a site of racialization that is subtle, complex, and sophisticated. While some studies do point to the persistence of systemic barriers to equity and diversity in higher education, in-depth analyses of racism, racialization, and Indigeneity in the academy are more notable for their absence. The Equity Myth is the first comprehensive, data-based study of racialized and Indigenous faculty members’ experiences in Canadian universities.
A landmark study on racism in Canadian universities, The Equity Myth shows how the goal of achieving equity in higher education has been consistently promised, but never realized for racialized and Indigenous faculty members. It further reveals that the policies and diversity initiatives undertaken so far have only served to deflect criticism of a system that is doing little to change itself.
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Frances Henry is a professor emerita of anthropology at York University.
Enakshi Dua is the director of the Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies at York University.
Carl E. James teaches in the Faculty of Education and is the Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community & Diaspora at York University.
Audrey Kobayashi is a professor of geography at Queen’s University, Kingston.
Peter Li is a professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Saskatchewan.
Howard Ramos is the associate dean of research in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and a professor of sociology at Dalhousie University.
Malinda S. Smith is a professor of political science at the University of Alberta.
Celia Haig-Brown is the Associate Vice-President Research at York University.
Alissa Trotz is a Professor of Caribbean Studies/Women and Gender Studies, University of Toronto.
Co-Sponsored by the Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community & Diaspora and the Tubman Institute.
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