Disorientation York Roundtable: Un-Mapping the Academic Industrial Complex

When: Back to Calendar September 25, 2017 @ 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Where: YUGSA Room 325 Student Centre York U
[4700 Keele Street]
Cost: FREE
Contact: Siva Sivarajah
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Centre for Women and Trans People (CWTP York) Disorientation roundtable for Black, Indigenous, and people of colour (BIPOC) in academia [and/or interested in pursuing a career in academia].

Through this roundtable discussion, we aim to create a space for critical conversation and relationship building amongst BIPOC academics who are similarly positioned and critically engaged with the academic industrial complex. We hope to hold a space for deep engagement with our strategies of resistance and the ways in which we can mindfully navigate a system that was not created with our bodies in mind

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***This is a QT2SBIPOC only space.***

** This is a space for BIPOC identified people ONLY. We ask that white people respect the space required for BIPOC people and not attend. You can support BIPOC people by sharing this event with your networks. ***

Date: Monday, September 25, 2017

Time: 2:30pm-5:30pm

Location: YUGSA Room 325 Student Centre York U [4700 Keele Street]

Access info:

Please arrive to the event fragrance-free. For more information on our fragrance-free policy:

Wheelchair accessible building. There are elevators below the spiral stairs that can bring you to the 3rd floor. Accessible and all-gender washroom located on the same floor as the event room.

Refreshments provided: Vegan and Gluten-free options available.

If you require ASL or have any other access needs, please contact Siva at siva.cwtptork@gmail.com by September 15th, 2017

Facilitator Bio:

Kayla Carter:

Kayla Carter is a multidisciplinary artist, educator, and healer. She is a Toronto-based black, disabled, femme survivor who is of Jamaican, Cuban, and Maroon ancestry and believes that her existence is not accidental, but very deliberate. Her work focuses on ancestral and intergenerational trauma, shame, healing, queerness, race, gender, disability justice and what it means to be unabashedly human. As a healer, Kayla’s work focuses on mental health, self-care, self-love ancestral and intergenerational trauma, sustainable forms of healing, and radical reproductive justice/healing

Nadia Kanani:

Nadia Kanani is a disabled muslim femme of colour, community organizer, and graduate student in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies at York University. She approaches her community organizing and research from a queer, anti-racist feminist, and disability justice perspective. Her work as a researcher and educator explores the intersections of race, sexuality, disability, gender and status in a Canadian settler state context. Nadia is a treaty person who lives and works in Toronto, land that is subject to the Dish with One Spoon Covenant.

Chantal Persad:

Chantal Persad is anti-violence community organizer, advocate and educator and recent graduate of the Masters of Environmental Studies program at York University, with a background in Life Sciences and Equity Studies from the University of Toronto. Her professional experience includes developing and delivering community-based programming, trainings, and workshops, crisis intervention and peer support, advocacy, and policy analysis. Her anti-violence work centres anti-colonial, disability justice and survivor-centred approaches. She currently works as the Policy and Initiatives Coordinator at the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Support Line and Leadership at York University and is on the Board of Directors at Students for Barrier-Free Access at the University of Toronto. She is passionate about advocating with marginalized communities to access health, safety and well-being, and developing anti-colonial and anti-imperialist approaches to community education and organizing.


Siva Thangeswary Sivarajah:

Siva is a healer, writer, community organizer and a recent graduate from York University in Critical Disability Studies. He strongly believe in self and community healing through storytelling to commit to our ancestral memory. He is a Tamil Saivite individual from Tamil Eelam currently living on Huron-Wendat and Petun First Nations, the Seneca and the Mississaugas of New Credit territory.

The full Disorientation schedule can be found here