by Office of the Vice-President Research and International
This message is sent on behalf of Dr. B. Mario Pinto, Vice-President (Research and International)
And Dr. Annemieke Farenhorst, Associate Vice-President (Research)
Dear University of Manitoba Community,
Thank you for joining us at the first Strategic Research Planning Session, during which we introduced the Strategic Research Planning Committee and the engagement questions to start our conversation.
We invite you to attend the second Community Engagement Session as we continue our Strategic Research Planning process.
Facilitated by members of the Strategic Research Planning Committee, this session will allow for interactive small group discussions to address key questions related to Indigenous Research. If you are joining virtually, you will be able to move between virtual break out rooms to provide your feedback on each question.
Summaries from each group discussion will be shared with the larger group for an open conversation. Participants will also have a chance to provide their thoughts anonymously using sticky notes, which will be shared with the Committee.
We hope to see you there.
Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2023, at 10:30am
Location: Marshall McLuhan Hall, Room 204, Second Floor, UMSU University Centre, Fort Garry Campus
This is a hybrid event, with both in-person and online options to attend. Please RSVP by Thursday, March 2 by clicking the link here: https://forms.office.com/r/bnw7nYRgsb
Following the event, the questions will be posted on the Strategic Research Planning page for ongoing input from the UM community. Please continue to visit the Strategic Research Planning page<https://umanitoba.sharepoint.com/sites/um-intranet-research-services/SitePa…> for updates on our progress.
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Message from Laurie Schnarr, Vice-Provost (Students)
This has been a very difficult period for students with family, friends and loved ones in Turkey and Syria. I want to extend my deepest condolences and best wishes to those who have been affected by the devastating earthquakes in these countries. We are here for you, and we support you during this time.
As we head into the Winter Break period, I hope all students have many opportunities to relax, recharge, and enjoy some of the winter fun happening around town. Here are some events and activities you might want to check out, along with a few reminders of the resources and supports available to you throughout the break.
Louis Riel Day
On Monday we honour Louis Riel, the Founding Father of Manitoba, with events and activities across the province. At the Fort Garry campus, a celebration<https://news.umanitoba.ca/louis-riel-day-celebration-returns-to-um/> of Métis culture and community will take place on Friday, February 17 at 11 a.m. at Migizii Agamik - Bald Eagle Lodge.
From February 17-26 the Festival du Voyageur<https://heho.ca/?utm_source=travelmanitoba&utm_medium=ad&utm_campaign=fdv20…> is back in person once again, with over 200 live performances. I hope to see you there. Hé ho!
On March 8 and 9, UM welcomes Eternity Martis<https://www.eternitymartis.com/>, award-winning author of "They Said This Would Be Fun: Race, Campus Life, and Growing Up<https://www.penguinrandomhouse.ca/books/605288/they-said-this-would-be-fun-…>". Eternity is a journalist and an assistant professor in the School of Journalism at Toronto Metropolitan University. Her lecture is titled, "What does it mean to be an equity-seeking student on a Canadian campus today?"
Free books will be available at the following locations from Tuesday, February 21 on a first-come, first-served basis:
* UMSU and UMGSA offices
* Elizabeth Dafoe Library
* 8 books will be available in the Reserve Lockers for 5-day borrowing
* Jim Peebles Science and Technology Library (Faculty of Science)
* E.K. Williams Law Library
* Father Harold Drake Library (St. Paul's College)
* Architecture/Fine Arts Library
* The Eckhardt Gramatté Music Library (Music Library)
* Neil John Maclean Health Sciences Library (Bannatyne campus)
* William Norrie Centre (campus for Faculty of Social Work)
All students, staff, faculty, alumni, and members of the community are welcome to attend Eternity's lecture at the Fort Garry Campus on March 9 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Investors Group Athletic Centre. The lecture will be followed by a book signing.
Register to attend the March 9 event<https://forms.office.com/pages/responsepage.aspx?id=C92AT4wzTE6KFJBEaWL3uJd…>
Learners on the Bannatyne campus can hear Eternity's lecture on March 8 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Frederic Gaspard Theatre, Basic Medical Sciences Building.
We are here for you!
Reading Week is an excellent time to connect with Student Services.
If you are feeling stress or anxiety, or would like to connect with someone to talk about challenges you are facing academically or personally, there are many student supports<https://umanitoba.ca/student-supports> available for you and self-care tips to add to your toolkit<https://news.umanitoba.ca/14-ways-to-combat-stress-during-tough-times/>. Regardless of your level of need there is support available.
A range of academic supports<https://umanitoba.ca/student-supports/academic-supports>, including academic advising, are available online and on campus during the break - check them out!
UM has announced the launch of the Grow your Community Fund<https://news.umanitoba.ca/promote-your-initiatives-with-the-grow-your-commu…> to support students in planning and hosting events or activities for students who self-identify as minoritized, marginalized or as members of under-represented groups. Applications are now being accepted for initiatives in Fall Term 2023 that are intended to help students build a strong sense of connection, belonging and inclusion at the University of Manitoba. Please visit the website<https://umanitoba.ca/student-supports/student-affairs/grow-your-community-f…> for further information and application<https://forms.office.com/pages/responsepage.aspx?id=C92AT4wzTE6KFJBEaWL3uN-…> details.
The 2023 Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition is back in person. This year, 18 departments and 36 students will be competing in heats for the 3MT competition<https://news.umanitoba.ca/2023-3mt-challengers-announced/>. This competition gives graduate students the opportunity to present their research in plain language (in three minutes) using a single slide to illustrate their ideas. They will be assessed by judges at the heats, where three challengers from each heat will advance to the final competition taking place on March 30. Check out the schedule<https://news.umanitoba.ca/2023-3mt-challengers-announced/> and join in the fun!
Recreation Services <https://umanitoba.ca/community/sport-recreation/recreation-services> offers in-person and virtual<https://umanitoba.ca/community/sport-recreation/recreation-services/virtual…> options to help you stay active and relieve stress throughout the break week. And remember, the skating rink in the Duckworth Quad will remain open while weather permits!
We are all Bisons!
Support the Herd on February 18 at 7 p.m. as your UM Bisons men's basketball team competes in the quarter finals at Investors Group Athletic Centre. Tickets are available free for UM students on the Bisons website<https://www.showpass.com/s/events/all/?q=manitoba+bisons>. Use the promo code UMSTUDENT23 to claim your free ticket. #weareallbisons
I wish you a restful week. Be safe, keep well, and I look forward to reconnecting when you return.
Laurie M. Schnarr, MA (she/her)
Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic)
University of Manitoba
208 Administration Building
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2
Confidential Assistant - Marci Davies Marci.Davies(a)umanitoba.ca<mailto:Marcia.Davies@umanitoba.ca>
Student Affairs - Leaders in cultivating exceptional student experiences
I acknowledge, with humility and gratitude, that the University of Manitoba campuses are located on original lands of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation. As a white settler of English and German descent I am committed to walking alongside my Indigenous colleagues, friends and neighbours and doing the work that is necessary to honour the truth, right the wrongs, and contribute to lasting positive change.
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"Recognizing anti-Black Racism" Survey
Dear University of Manitoba community member
The University of Manitoba Black Association (UMBA) is an initiative dedicated to supporting the success of future and present African, Caribbean, and Black (ACB) students, staff and faculty at the University of Manitoba and in the broader Winnipeg community. The initiative purposely pays attention to the social oppression among Black U of M community members. They experience the intersectional reality anti-Black racism in the forms of sexism, gender biases, and ability. UMBA is led by a collaboration of Black alumni, staff, students and current faculty.
The UMBA committee requests your participation in the "Recognizing anti-Black Racism" survey. The fully confidential survey is for The University of Manitoba's students, staff and faculty. Your participation in this survey is completely voluntary, and all of your responses are held in confidence. None of the responses will be connected to identifying information.
The survey is to be used as a needs assessment for UMBA's approach on how to develop Afro-centric programs and initiatives that serve to challenge anti-Black racism, which is open to all U of M community members, and broader Winnipeg communities. The data collected will create pro-social and inclusive yearly programming for Black students, staff and faculty. UMBA will encourage non-African decent people to participate in its events.
The survey will take 5 to 10 minutes to complete.
To participate, please click on the following link:
If you have questions about this survey or difficulty accessing the site or completing the survey, do not hesitate to contact UMBlackAlliance(a)umanitoba.ca<mailto:UMBlackAlliance@umanitoba.ca>
Thank you in advance for providing this important feedback.
The University of Manitoba Black Alliance (UMBA)
Message from Naomi Andrew, Vice-President (Administration) and Catherine Cook, Vice-President (Indigenous)
UM community members:
As co-chairs of the Anti-Racism Task Force, we are pleased to share that today we have launched UM’s anti-racism webpage<https://umanitoba.ca/anti-racism> and released an Interim Report<https://umanitoba.ca/sites/default/files/2023-01/anti-racism-task-force-int…> that includes recommendations to address racism.
These foundational recommendations, focusing on education, policies and processes, lay the groundwork for dismantling racism in all its forms throughout our UM community.
The Anti-Racism Task Force<https://news.umanitoba.ca/dismantling-racism-um-establishes-anti-racism-tas…> was established a year ago in February 2022 - a key step in advancing racial justice.
This Interim Report reflects the progress of the Anti-Racism Task Force and presents recommendations for immediate action based on the significant work already done by community members, stakeholder groups and key offices within the university and on the expertise of the Task Force members.
Interested in sharing your thoughts? The anti-racism webpage offers an opportunity for you to provide input<https://umanitoba.ca/anti-racism#how-you-can-contribute-to-the-conversation> on questions like: What does anti-racism mean to you? What does an anti-racism strategy look like to you?
Community engagement sessions will start soon, with details to be posted on the webpage.
There will also be learning opportunities for students, faculty and staff to build capacity for anti-racist actions through upcoming events, including Black History Month activities<https://news.umanitoba.ca/february-is-black-history-month/> such as:
* Feb. 17, 7 p.m. UMBA presents: We signed the Scarborough Charter - Now what?<https://umanitoba.ca/um-black-alliance>
We thank all the Task Force members for their ongoing work and significant contributions, and we look forward to your participation as members of our UM community.