Teachers for Global Awareness (with members from Greater Essex County District School Board, Windsor Essex Catholic District School Board, Faculty of Education -University of Windsor, Ontario Secondary Schools Teachers Federation & Can-Am Indian Friendship Centre) is proud to present the 10th Annual High School Social Justice Forum- Social Justice Media (R)Evolution on Wednesday February 17, 2016 at the University of Windsor- Ambassador Auditorium and Dillon Hall.
Our keynote presenter this year is Nancy Pansheshan, a local environmental activist, who has recently garnered a lot of media attention in her fight for the Ojibway Prairie Complex.
Through a full day of workshops and group discussions, students will learn about social justice issues relating to the theme of Social Justice Media (R)Evolution on topics such as #blacklivesmatter, Saving Ojibway, Because It’s 2016: Feminism & Media, health hazards of social media on teens, politics, and LGBTQ+ and the media. Students must select four workshops in order of preference from which two will be assigned. Please encourage students to select a variety of workshops so that the school as a whole can participate in all the forum has to offer. The cost for the forum is $5/student which will include a breakfast and lunch (teachers are free).
As participants in the Annual High School Social Justice Forum, we encourage all students to complete a social justice project at their school. In preparation for the event’s final activity, students should come to the forum with several ideas for social justice projects. These could include starting a Students for Global Awareness group, organizing a Diversity Assembly, hosting a fundraising dance, running an awareness/fundraising/outreach campaign (i.e. White Ribbon campaign, World AIDS Day Awareness, Day of Silence), environmental art installations, or any project that touches on topics such as human rights, poverty, health, and the environment.
We are looking forward to sharing our 10th Anniversary with you!
Nancy has been part of Windsor’s environmental community since the 1990’s and has participated in various environmental groups: Essex Region Conservation Authority Board (provincial appointee), Earth Day, Friends of Ojibway, Natural Habitat Restoration Program, Friends of Marshfieldwoods, City of Windsor’s Environmental Policy Advisory Committee, and Friends of Save Ojibway.
In 2005, she was active on trying to protect Ojibway Prairie from the City’s proposed Schwartz Truck Route through Ojibway. The City of Windsor approved Coco Paving’s Big Box development in 2007, Nancy appealed the decision to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) in the hopes of reversing the decision. Nancy has been embroiled in developing the case: raising funds ($40 000), finding legal/experts (planning, traffic, hydrogeologist, herpetologists, botanist), researching, and educating the community at large.
Nancy is a wife, mother of 2 children, and currently teaching at Academie Ste. Cecile International School in the English as a Second Language (ESL) program.
“In order to know the person, you need to know the family.”
Theresa’s father was Delaware and her mother was Upper Mohawk. She has been a volunteer, Board Member, staff member since the Friendship Centre movement was in its infancy.
She has worn many hats, Court Worker, Literacy Coordinator, Healing and Wellness, Health Outreach and Executive Director. An area where Theresa has excelled is online training for cultural teachings. The Ontario Native Literacy Coalition has archived the cultural teachings and the thanksgiving address that she developed and delivered to the 26 Aboriginal Programs in Ontario.
As a resource person, Theresa has worked in the Penitentiaries in Kingston as a teacher, counselor and traditional healer. She continues to work as a traditional resource person for:
- Ontario Native Literacy Coalition
- Regina Saskatchewan’s All Nations Hope conferences
- Ontario Provincial Police, Aboriginal Relations Team
- Ontario Police college
- Past President of Ska: na Family Learning Centre
- Vice President /Treasurer of The Ontario Native Literacy Coalition
- Board member of Indigenous Education Coalition
- Chief Executive Officer for the Native Women of Windsor
- Elder for Wayne State Native Students
- Elder for Native American Indian Association in Detroit
- Elder for American Indian Health and Family Services in Detroit
“One thing that is always consistent is to make a difference. I hope in some small way, I can give someone else choices to make a difference in their life. Some did that for me, and I hope I can do the same for someone else.
Nya: weh, Thank you”
Eric Hill is the current Executive Director at Can-Am Urban Non-Profit Native Homes. He is the Co-Chair of the Aboriginal Education Council at the University of Windsor and also sits on the Homeless Coalition of Windsor-Essex County Community Advisory Board.
Enver Villamizar is an Occasional Teacher with the Greater Essex County District School Board. He was a candidate in the Federal Elections in the riding of Essex and has been politically active since he was in high school. His main work has been to involve the youth in politics and in defending the rights of all in society.
Dr. John Cappucci
Dr. John Cappucci completed his doctorate from Carleton University in Ottawa. He also holds a Master of Arts degree from Queen's University in Kingston and a Combined Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Windsor. John currently teaches at the University of Windsor where he has taught an array of courses across several disciplines. In his five years of teaching at the university, John’s average student evaluation of teaching score ranks as one of the highest in the entire faculty. He recently received an award from the Office of Human Rights, Equity, and Accessibility for his work in cultivating an accessible and inclusive classroom environment. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, John maintains an active research agenda and has published refereed articles in internationally-recognized journals. John’s research interests include religion and politics, multiculturalism, immigration policy, religion in America, and modern Islam. John is also an active member of the Knights of Columbus and has prepared several lectures on the lives of the modern popes for his local council.
Michelle Soullière is a new generation multidisciplinary artist, educator and arts administrator living and working in Windsor, Ontario. Her practice is collaborative, research based and community engaged. Michelle is a founding member of Broken City Lab and has worked for Media City Film Festival, Windsor Public Library, University of Windsor, Arts Council Windsor & Region and National Film Board of Canada. Aside from her position as Cultural Animator for the Ontario Arts Council, she is also currently Artiste-en-résidence at École Secondaire L’Essor. Michelle’s passion is building community and encouraging civic engagement in Windsor with a focus on socially-engaged and feminist practices.
Jodi Pearce is employed at the Windsor Essex Community Health Centre - Teen Health for the past 25 years, currently as a Health Promoter.
- Born and raised in Windsor Ontario – attended Riverside Secondary School
- Graduate of the University of Windsor, BA., Hons.
- Completed Masters in Education program at the University of Phoenix May 2009.
- As a health promoter has had several years’ experience facilitating programs in local schools such as self-esteem programs, anger management, Portable Ropes Course and team building activities, healthy relationships and adolescent sexual health.
- In her spare time she likes to go to the gym and spend time with friends and family but most of all watch her kids play hockey and baseball.
Staff Sgt. Maureen Rudall - CANCELLED
Staff/Sgt. Maureen Rudall was among the first female officers hired by the Windsor Police Service as a cadet in 1984. Over her 30 year career she initially was deployed for 13 years as a patrol officer and accomplished ground breaking initiatives for women in policing. She was promoted to the rank of Detective in 2002. Maureen pioneered innovations in Domestic Violence investigations. She created provincial standards for videotaped statements and the gathering of forensic evidence. In 1998 she founded and procured funding for the first domestic violence treatment centre in the province of Ontario. She is a widely respected investigator in domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. Maureen facilitates numerous community and professional workshops and has taught at St. Clair College and the Ontario Police College. She also has an extensive long standing relationship with the Windsor-Essex County School Boards presenting seminars on relationship violence annually with the goal to end dating violence. Maureen is considered an expert witness in domestic violence and has testified at provincially at inquests included the May/Illes inquest. She has lectured throughout Ontario and created training videos that have been and are still being used across the country. Within the last two years she was responsible for bringing the first GPS personal alarm to women of domestic violence who are at risk for serious bodily harm or death. In April of 2014 she was promoted to the rank of Staff/Sgt. in charge of police training, community services and the safety village. Even though she does not work as an investigator, she still teaches and does training for several community agencies in domestic violence including victim services. She has been a long standing activist and a voice for the rights of women and children.
Dr. Scott Mattson
Dr. Scott Mattson is a professor at the University of Windsor, where has taught in the Departments of Psychology and Sociology & Anthropology since 1994. He has also served as the Director of Health Promotion and Community Education at the AIDS Committee of Windsor, a diversity trainer for the Centre for Addiction and Mental health, and a program evaluation specialist at the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit. In addition to pursuing his research interests in epistemology, sex, gender, sexuality, and their histories, Scott has attempted to integrate theory and practice by working with several organizations and committees in the community since arriving in Windsor, Ontario in 1992. He earned his Doctorate in Applied Social Psychology in 2013 with a study on gay and bisexual male youth in Windsor and Essex County.
Dr. Kael Sharman
Kael Sharman has been a high school teacher for 14 years. He has been an active member in the GSA for staff at the Greater Essex County District School Board since its inception. Recognized locally and provincially for his work on supporting transgender people, Kael has led workshops on transgender issues for local high school students at the GSA conference (GECDSB) and fellow educators at the Provincial Leadership Conference (OSSTF). Dr. Sharman is the recent recipient of a PhD on the topic of Gender, Class and Curriculum at W.D. Lowe Technical Secondary School, 1923-1973.
Jesse Gardner Costa and Tom Preney
Tom Preney, assistant naturalist at Ojibway Nature Centre and Jesse Gardner Costa, president of the Essex County Field Naturalists, have organized the 2014 & 2015 Bioblitz for the Ojibway Complex- an event that brought over 100 citizens volunteers and expert scientists together to identify as many species as possible in a 24 hr period. Both the 2014 & 2015 Bioblitz resulted in the identification of over a dozen species new to Canada.
Dane Macri and David Robbins-Singh
Dane Macri is an educator, advocate and activist who has traveled to Haiti and Uganda working to create equitable opportunities for impoverished families, former child soldiers and people with disabilities in developing countries. His passions for equity stem from his own experiences overcoming a speech impediment. He initiated the "Give a S#@%" project for accessible toilets for persons with disabilities in Uganda and coached wheelchair basketball for landmine survivors. Dane is a graduate of the Faculty of Education at the University of Windsor, a member of the Advocacy Project in Washington DC and currently works for Community Living Windsor.
David Robbins Singh aka 'Squeaky Wheelz" is a comedian who has traveled all across Ontario and Michigan performing his hilarious stand up routine, making light of disability and pretty much anything else in his comedic path of destruction. Dave's wit and clever analysis of society forces the audience to think critically about injustice while simultaneously laughing at the absurdity of discrimination. He is a communication student with a lot of experience in community development, such as his work with Assisted Living Southwestern Ontario.
Shantelle Browning-Morgan was born and raised in Windsor, Ontario. She is a teacher at Westview Freedom Academy. She began teaching with the Greater Essex County District School Board in 2001. In December of 2011, Shantelle was awarded the Governor General's Award for Excellence in Teaching History for her work in piloting an innovative course at Walkerville called The History of Africa and Peoples of African Descent and for contributing to the development of materials--African Canadian Roads to Freedom, elementary and secondary curriculum documents-- which highlight the history of African Canadians in the Essex Kent region. This is the top teaching honour in all of Canada. In 2009, she was a member of a team of teachers who helped pilot the Native Studies courses in various secondary schools. Shantelle takes great pride in community involvement, particularly around issues of social justice and Black history. Shantelle is the Secretary of the Essex Count Black Historical Research Society and she’s also involved in other organizations including: Friends of Women’s Studies, the African Youth Diaspora Conference, and Sister to Sister Think W.I.S.E. She is the mother of three children.
Remy Sirls-Boulbol is the Director of Community Engagement and Development at the Welcome Centre Shelter for Women, and has worked in the not for profit sector with marginalized communities for more than 15 years. An advocate for women, children, at risk youth and social justice, Remy has worked and volunteered with dozens of agencies provincially, and in Windsor and Detroit.
Sarah Mushtaq is a recent political science graduate interested in the themes of community building, outreach, and diversity. She was formerly a Student Trustee and a Diversity Office intern for the Greater Essex County District School Board. She currently sits on the Diversity Committee for the City of Windsor. These experiences, as well as those of being a visible minority herself, have given her unique insight on issues minority students may face in situations such as at school, during interactions with law enforcement, and in the online world. She writes monthly columns for the Windsor Star on topics of interest for the community pertaining to Muslims in Windsor and Essex County, and appears regularly on a panel for CBC Windsor Morning discussing news issues of the day.
Dr. Suzanne Bouclin
Professor Suzanne Bouclin is a lawyer and tenured professor at the University of Ottawa She teaches social justice and feminist theories, has a PhD from McGill, and is completing a book on Criminalized women in popular culture from Caged to Orange is the New Black. In 2014, she founded a free legal clinic for homeless people. She has received numerous awards for her community service and for her research.
1. First Nations Women Resilience in the Face of Media Stereotypes
Though we hear and see First Nations’ women portrayed in the media as victims and prostitutes, the reality is quite different. First Nations’ women have outperformed every other labour group in Canada since 2007 and they are fierce leaders in the fight against systemic oppression and change. This workshop will dispel many myths about the current lives of First Nations’ women and look at the importance of women’s traditional roles in First Nations’ societies.
Presenter: Theresa Sims
2. I Am A Kind Man: Kizhaay Anishinaabe Niin
Kizhaay Anishinaabe Niin was created to provide an opportunity for communities to engage Aboriginal men and youth in understanding violence against women and to support them in joining together to end the violence. It is designed to offer Aboriginal men and youth a safe place to begin to understand their roles and responsibilities to end violence against Aboriginal young girls and women. It recognizes the challenges youth and men face and encourages opportunities for them to reconnect to their traditional roles within families and communities. It provides a supportive, wholistic model for community healing and can be easily adapted to suit individual communities.
Presenter: Eric Hill
3. We Want an Informed Vote! The role of media in elections.
Free and fair elections are said to be the hallmark of a democracy. However in Canada the media decides whether Canadians are able to cast an informed vote or not. It is not guaranteed. Participants will discuss current proposals the government is considering for electoral reform from the angle of how to guarantee the right to an informed vote.
Presenter: Enver Villamizar
4. The Principled Pontiff: Pope Francis, the Media, and Social Justice
The unexpected election of Pope Francis in 2013 marked a sharp turning point in the history of the Roman Catholic Church. Not only did Pope Francis’ election mark the first time someone from the developing world ascended to the See of Saint Peter, but his humble personal style, progressive attitude, and peaceful and benevolent demeanour has been met with both supporters and detractors from both inside and outside of the church. The session will examine how Pope Francis has furthered the causes of several social justice issues through the use of various types of media. This session will argue that Pope Francis is steadfast to his namesake by preaching through his actions and teaching with simple and accessible lessons. The facilitator will present various types of media to the participants and assist them in deconstructing their meaning and analyzing their potential effect for various groups around the world.
Presenter: Dr. John Cappucci
5. Reclaiming Media: D.I.Y. ‘Zine Making
After workshop participants collectively decide on a theme, a collaborative 'zine will be created with each student contributing one page. The finished product from each workshop session will be reproduced in limited edition via photocopy and distributed throughout the community post-workshop. Original copies will be donated to theArts Council Windsor & Region's In-Office Resource Library under the category of Local Artist Publications. This workshop includes a brief history of 'zines with hardcopy examples and resources.
More info [via wikipedia] : A zine (/ˈziːn/ zeen) is most commonly a small circulation self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images usually reproduced via photocopier. A popular definition includes that circulation must be 1,000 or fewer, although in practice the majority are produced in editions of fewer than 100, and profit is not the primary intent of publication. They are informed by anarchopunk and DIY ethos. [...] Topics covered are broad, including ... politics, poetry, art and design, ephemera, personal journals, social theory, riot grrrl and intersectional feminism [...]
Presenter: Michelle Soullière
6. Is Social Media Bad for your Health?
We all have our own reasons for using social media. Some of us like to browse at other people's status updates and photos, while others use the sites as a way to vent their emotions but did you know the use of social media can be bad for your health?
This interactive workshop explores real concerns doctors are having about how social media can affect our mental health, how we feel about ourselves and what we can do to help ourselves and others.
Presenter: Jodi Pearce
7. Healthy Relationships: Recognizing Dating Violence - CANCELLED
Students will be introduced to dating violence; the warning signs. They will participate and observe a forensic police investigation, including a crime scene video and a true version victim statement that will highlight the issues of dating violence. The workshop will explore the power of language, media, and social media that assist in perpetuating gender stereotypes and inequality.
Presenter: Staff Sgt. Maureen Rudall
8. Paper Pansies, Celluloid Closets, & Digital Denizens: A Brief Overview of Sexual Minorities in and Using Media
In this workshop, attendees will be introduced to how sexual minorities have both been depicted in and also used media, as individuals and collectively, for personal needs, social wants, and political goals.
Presenter: Dr. Scott Mattson
9. Trans* Tropes in Cinema: The Power of Media
The power of media representation will be considered in this workshop. Attendees will participate in the analysis of 5 tropes of trans* people using media clips. In conclusion, the workshop will have attendees consider the power they have to critically question tropes of all kinds and not shy away from discussing media images with friends and family.
Presenter: Dr. Kael Sharman
10. Saving Ojibway: Citizen Scientists, Media and the Ojibway Complex
Environmental conservation and protection is dependent on two critical aspects: science and public support. Public support not only assists scientific inquiry, but can generate long term support for habitat protection and enhancement, a key component of environmental sustainability. In Windsor-Essex, decades of human impacts have left few ecosystems unaffected. The Ojibway complex remains, diminished, but a rare example in Canada of biodiversity and environmental conservation through citizen activism.
Presenter: Jesse Gardner Costa and Tom Preney
11. Super Heroes & The Tragic: Media Stereotypes of People with Disabilities
This workshop will look at how media and social media portray or sometimes don’t portray people with disabilities. Through the telling of humorous personal stories and interactive discussions, students will learn to challenge some of their stereotypes of people with disabilities.
Presenters:Dane Macri and David Robbins-Singh
#BlackLivesMatter became a hashtag in the summer of 2013, when a labour organizer responded on her Facebook page to the acquittal of George Zimmerman, the man who gunned down Trayvon Martin. Since then, it has become a global movement for change. In this workshop, students will explore the role social media has played in the movement`s fight against police brutality and inequality in the justice system
Presenter: Shantelle Browning-Morgan
13. Utilizing Social Media - Community Based Impact Strategies for Social Justice and Change
This workshop will look at how social media has shaped our conversations from a societal perspective, the impact it has had, and how we can utilize it in the most effective way to impact social change.
Presenter: Remy Boulbol
14. Behind the Lens: the Struggle of Muslims in the Media
Since 9/11, Muslims around the world have felt increasingly scrutinized in many spheres. One of the most prominent areas is that of the media. This interactive workshop will touch on the themes of Islam in the media, and discuss how and why it happens by using real-life examples both from Canada and the world. By giving a background on how the media works, it will also provide students with greater insight in tackling this issue on their own. It will also include hands-on activities for students to to discuss common questions such as the following: can stereotyping, racism, and bias be absent from media coverage? What role has social media had on how events such as the Chapel Hill shootings were covered? Where do we draw the line between discussing differing opinions online and cyber-bullying? What solutions, if any, are there?
Presenter: Sarah Mushtaq
15. Because It’s 2016: Feminism and Media
This workshop will explore the complex way that feminism and women have been portrayed in the media. Prepare to be challenged!
Presenter: Dr. Suzanne Bouclin