< Events | Friday, October 08, 2021

BRN Launch Recordings

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BRN Introduction and Opening Remarks

Introduction to the BRN launch from Dr. Nicole Kaniki, land acknowledgement, and opening remarks from BRN inaugural director, Professor Beth Coleman.

BRN Steering Committee

Introduction and remarks of founding members of the Black Research Network Steering Committee:

Dean Rhonda McEwen: Motivation (BLM, COVID, etc.) for the formation of BRN; Professor Maydianne Andrade: BRN and the sciences; Professor Alissa Trotz: BRN histories of black research excellence and activism; Professor Lisa Robinson: BRN and innovation in medical research and mentorship of black researchers

Message from the President

Comments from President Meric Gertler, University of Toronto

University of Toronto Leadership

Introduction and remarks from University of Toronto Leadership:

Christine Allen, Inaugural Associate Vice-President and Vice-Provost Strategic Initiatives at the University of Toronto; Dean Dexter Voisin, Faculty of Social Work: Comments on the importance of the “Report of the University of Toronto Anti-Black Racism Task Force”​; Professor Jamie Stafford, Provostial Advisor on Data Sciences: Comments on value of BRN collaboration on DS research; Professor Justin Nodwell, Vice Dean, Research & Health Science Education, Temerty Faculty of Medicine: Comments on value of BRN collaboration on medical research and mentorship with the FoM.

Keynote Speakers: Black Technoscience

Introduction of program focusing on Black Technoscience with keynote speakers Dr. Ruha Benjamin, Princeton University, and Dr. Timnit Gebru, co-founder of Black in AI, and former co-lead of Ethical AI research team at Google. Further followed by discussion with Professor Beth Coleman and Q+A session.

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