Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Virtually Via Zoom
Location Details
Format: Virtual – Zoom Platform.

Audience: Faculty, Staff, Students, and External Community Members

Participation: Participants will be invited to ask questions of panelists towards the end of the session.

Accessibility: If you have any accessibility questions or are looking for further information on how we might support your participation including accommodation requests, please contact s.baig@utoronto.ca, and we will work with you to make appropriate arrangements.
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Understanding Black Disability Justice: Advancing Disability Justice in Postsecondary Contexts.

This session will explore disability justice and its principles with a particular focus on conversations of intersectionality and Blackness. Participants will learn practical strategies within teaching and learning to embed disability justice within various environments. Dr. Schalk will join a panel of U of T community members to critically analyze how ableism manifests and can be disrupted in working and learning environments.

Speaker: Dr. Sami Schalk

Dr. Sami Schalk (she/her) is an associate professor of Gender & Women's Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the author of Bodyminds Reimagined: (Dis)ability, Race and Gender in Black Women's Speculative Fiction (Duke 2018) and Black Disability Politics (Duke 2022). Dr. Schalk’s academic work focuses on race, disability, and gender in contemporary American literature and culture. She also writes for mainstream outlets, including a monthly column called “Pleasure Practices” in TONE Madison. Dr. Schalk identifies as a fat, Black, queer, disabled femme and a pleasure activist.