This year, the UGDSB launched ‘UGTalks about’ – an initiative inspired by TED Talks, to centre student voice.
The Upper Grand District School Board would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the Muslim community following the horrific violence in London, Ontario, which killed four family members and sent another family member to hospital with serious injuries. Officials are reporting that this is an apparent hate crime and that the victims were targeted because of their Muslim faith.
The Anti-Racist Educator Reads podcast has been nominated for a 2021 Canadian Podcast Award. The podcast is hosted by Colinda Clyne, the Upper Grand District School Board’s Indigenous Education Curriculum Lead.
The Guelph Black Heritage Society (GBHS) is hosting a multi-day, virtual Anti-Racism Summit. The summit is part of the GBHS’s Change Starts Now initiative, an anti-racism project “aimed at preventing and responding to racism in Guelph and Wellington County.”
Grade 12 Canada and World Politics students at John F. Ross Collegiate Vocational Institute were given the task of identifying an issue of importance to them and creating a plan to do something about it for their culminating assignment.
This year, Upper Grand DSB board and school staff groups have continued organizing and participating in book studies, focusing on furthering learning in anti-racism and anti-oppression. Check out some book recommendations focused on Indigenous education and knowledge.
This month, the Upper Grand District School Board’s Equity Team shared with staff a resource on addressing anti-Asian racism. We all have a role to play in learning, unlearning and working to dismantle racism and oppression in our communities.
Throughout Black Heritage, Black Brilliance and Black Futures Month, many schools have been celebrating the lives and accomplishments of Black individuals in Canada and beyond. One individual had a direct connection to the school board and our region, although much of this history was not widely known until a few years ago.
Students in the Black Chapter student group at Centre Dufferin District High School recently released a video as part of Black Heritage, Black Brilliance and Black Futures month, the topic of this video – Hair Love.
Students from across the country were invited to submit original artwork and photographs to be included in the Black History Month digital exhibition “Solidarity in My Community.”