ACADEMIC STAFF OF COLOUR

Of all of the equity groups at Carleton (with the exception of women), the largest is made up of
individuals from visible minorities. Visible minorities are a wide ranging group including, but not limited to, persons of colour, Aboriginal and Inuit individuals.

According to the CAUT Almanac , in 2006 14.9% of academic staff identified as being from a visible
minority.

WHAT IS RACISM/RACIAL DISCRIMINATION?

Racism (or racial discrimination) is discrimination based on race, colour, descent or national or ethnic origin. Discrimination based on race continues to be an issue throughout Canadian workplaces. Generally, workers from visible minorities tend to work in lower paying jobs in less secure employment situations.

Although many organizations have taken great strides to eliminate visible racism, an increase in a subtle form of racism has been noted. As Mistry and Latoo note, “[it occurs] in people who possess strong egalitarian values, and who believe they are not prejudiced, but have negitive racial feelings and beliefs that they are unaware of… [this] leads to an inconsistent pattern in their behavior.” This discrimination is far more difficult to identify and address than its more visible counterpart and presents a new challenge to academic staff.

HOW DOES RACISM/RACIAL DISCRIMINATION IMPACT ACADEMIC STAFF?

The impact of racism on academic staff is primarily the same as discrimination in any other workplace. Racial discrimination can impact everything from an academic’s feeling of belonging in their
department to their career progression. Discrimination of all kinds limits the scope of scholarship for marginalized groups as a result of the privliege given to traditional forms of research.

WHERE CAN I GET HELP WITH EQUITY ISSUES?

If you are an academic staff member and the issue relates to your employment at Carleton, you can contact CUASA. In addition, Carleton’s Equity Services maintains a list of resources available for members of equity seeking groups. If you are on campus and are facing an immediate threat to your physical safety, contact Campus Safety at 613-520-4444.

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