Weekly Update – September 11

September 11, 2020

Weekly Update – September 11

Save the Date: Fall GMM

We will be holding the Fall 2020 General Membership Meeting on Friday, September 25, from 10:00am-12:00pm. The GMM will take place online over Zoom.

The agenda and connection details will be released closer to that date.

Combatting anti-Black racism in the academy: A primer for faculty

The OCUFA Status of Women and Equity Committee is hosting a training workshop “Combatting anti-Black racism in the academy: A primer for faculty”. All CUASA members are eligible to attend. Please register for the workshop here as soon as possible.

The workshop will be facilitated by Paige Galette and will aim to give participants tools to combat anti-Black racism in their roles as faculty, in their associations, on campus, and beyond. Participants will be given time to reflect and ask questions throughout the session. In order to help Paige tailor the session to meet the needs of participants, we encourage you to register early and to fill out the short questionnaire on the registration page.

You’re re-invited to Worldviews 2020

We have a new date for Worldviews 2020! Now taking place on September 18, the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations and the Centre for the Study of Canadian International Higher Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto are proud to be hosting the sixth annual Worldviews Lecture on Media and Higher Education as a live online event.

The Myth of Meritocracy: From satire to social inequality

Speaker: Professor Jo Littler

Date and time: Friday, September 18, 2020, 11am (EST)
Location: Online
Registration: This is a free public event but advance registration is required.


The concept of meritocracy suggests that anyone can ascend the social and economic ladder if they work hard enough, regardless of their social position. This rather ambitious claim originated as a satirical take on social mobility in the 1950’s.

And yet meritocracy is now embedded at the heart of our economic, social, cultural, and academic institutions in a way that obscures the role meritocracy plays in social exclusion.

This year’s Worldviews lecture will attempt to make meritocracy satire again.

The discussion will open with a talk by Professor Jo Littler of City, University of London and author of Against Meritocracy: Culture, Power and Myths of Mobility. Her talk will be followed by a conversation with a dynamic panel of experts and academics, featuring Rupa Banerjee, Carl James, and Wayne Lewchuk.

Moderated by Trish Hennessy, panelists will explore the ways merit creates social and economic barriers and address its intersections with class, race, gender, and immigration status.

The event is free and open to the public but registration is required. We hope you will join us for what promises to be an engaging conversation.

For more information and to register, please visit: http://worldviewsconference.com

Tri-Council Slides on Impact of COVID-19

As we told you back in May, CAUT held a virtual town hall with Tri-Council representatives on the impact of COVID-19 on research activities. You can view the slides from SSHRC here, from CIHR here, and from NSERC here. You can also find CAUT’s summary of the event here.

CUASA Business and Events

Nominations for Steering Positions

We are still accepting nominations for the following Steering positions:

  • Communications Officer
  • Chair, Nominations and Elections
  • Chair, Internal Affairs
  • Instructor Representative

Information on the nominations process can be found on our How to Volunteer page. The work of the Association continues, despite the current environment we find ourselves in. Remember that our Association is only as strong as its membership, so we count on the time and commitment of our members to achieve our goals. Some of these positions come with a course release subject to the availability of funds.

Call for Volunteer: JCEE

We are seeking one CUASA member to serve on the Joint Committee on Employment Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JCEE). Details on the mandate of this important committee can be found here. If you are interested in serving on the JCEE, please email cuasa@cuasa.ca.

Committee Volunteers

Are you curious who’s representing you on CUASA’s committees? You can find a complete list of the membership of all of CUASA’s internal committees on our website.

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