Faculty of Education Summer Institute (FESI2020) - Webinar 1

August 19, 2020 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
online webinar

This year, due to unprecedented circumstances, we will be offering: FESI 2020 - Up Close and Personal; Conversations on Anti-Oppression. This modified version of our traditional conference will be a 5 part webinar series with an action component.

As is the long-standing tradition with this conference, FESI 2020 will continue to challenge and question long-held educational beliefs, policies and practices that have become embedded and normalized in educational landscapes. It aims to disrupt the taken-for-granted assumptions, ideas and practices of what constitutes education, who has access to it, and which values are legitimated by it.

This year, we hope to engage participants in conversations on anti-oppression to move beyond theoretical learning. We will start off our series with the central actionable question, “How might a critical, community- centered approach to design thinking support decision-making, accountability and transparency for schools and school boards in Ontario?”


Webinar 1 - August 19 | 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. via online webinar

Designing for/with Criticality and Community

Who and what influences how you think about curriculum, activism, policies and structures in the education system? How might you enhance your decision-making skills to better serve students who are most marginalized in the system?

Join us for this FREE 1.5-hour webinar where anti-racism and community meet design thinking - a framework to solve complex problems with innovative solutions. Speakers Kimberley Tavares, Dori  Tunstall and Natalie Wood will guide us through action-oriented processes to disrupt longstanding patterns of educational inequities. The session will be moderated by Professor Vidya Shah.

Whether you are a classroom educator, a community partner, a district leader, an education policy-maker, or a member of the school community, you won’t want to miss this!

Kimberley Tavares is an Education Officer, cross-appointed to the Education Equity Secretariat and the System Evidence and Design Branch, in the Ontario Ministry of Education. She serves as an Educational Policy & Systems Advisor and the Equity and Literacy Lead, respectively. Kimberley has been seconded from a vice-principalship in the York Region District School Board, and prior to this was an Equity Officer in the York Region Board serving students of African and Caribbean heritage. Much of Kimberley's work in the Ministry is to develop innovative tools and resources that work to dismantle the systemic barriers faced by many students in the Ontario education system.



Elizabeth (Dori) Tunstall is a design anthropologist, public intellectual, and design advocate who works at the intersections of critical theory, culture, and design. As Dean of Design at Ontario College of Art and Design University, she is the first black and black female dean of a faculty of design. She leads the Cultures-Based Innovation Initiative focused on using old ways of knowing to drive innovation processes that directly benefit



Natalie Wood is a Professor in the Service Work Program (SSW) at George Brown College (GBC) who often describes herself as wearing 3 kinds of bowties; She is a social innovation specialist, co-founder of the GBC Social Innovation Hub who designs and performs change within institutions and communities;  A PhD student using her research time to challenge the devastating impact of anti-Black racism through documenting and developing Afro-Caribbean diasporic-inspired community organizations and models of empowerment, healing and inclusion; and she is an award-winning visual and multi-media artist.



Dr. Vidya Shah is an educator, scholar and activist committed to issues of equity and racial justice. She is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at York University and her research explores anti-racist approaches to educational leadership and school district reform. Dr. Shah has worked in the Model Schools for Inner Cities Program in the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and was a teacher in the TDSB. She is also actively involved in community initiatives.




Register online by August 17, 2020 at:

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