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(2010-2011 HR#35) Appointment of Professor Njoki Wane as Special Advisor on Status of Women Issues

Date:
June 1, 2011
To:
PDAD&C; Professional, Managerial & Confidential Staff and Research Associates; President of UTFA; Presidents of Employee Unions; Presidents of Student Associations
From:
Angela Hildyard, Vice-President, Human Resources and Equity
Re:
Appointment of Professor Njoki Wane as Special Advisor on Status of Women Issues

I am very pleased to announce that Professor Njoki Wane will assume the role of Special Advisor on Status of Women Issues effective September 1, 2011 for a three year term.

Professor Wane’s research interests lie in the intersectionality of gender with race and class; she has also engaged in work on indigenous knowledge practices, teacher education, spirituality and schooling, and alternative health and healing. She started her career as a teacher and Vice-Principal in Nairobi, Kenya, and then came to Canada to complete her M.Ed (University of New Brunswick) and Ph.D. (U of T). Professor Wane is highly regarded as a teacher, supervisor and a mentor of masters and doctoral students at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. She has recently completed a major SSHRC grant as the principal investigator, “Black Canadian Feminisms” and is a co-applicant on a newly approved major SSHRC grant, “Engaging Girls, Changing Communities: Examining Girls’ Processes of Civic Engagement and Leadership.” She has published extensively on race and gender; included among her many recent publications is an article in the Journal of Race, Ethnicity and Education entitled “Black Feminist Thought: Perspectives on Equity and Diversity in the Academy”.

As Special Advisor on Status of Women Issues, Professor Wane will focus primarily upon research and policy development concerning the intersectionality of gender with race, disability, sexual orientation and aboriginal status as these impact the lived experiences of women faculty, staff and students at the University of Toronto. It is my hope that the research will lead not only to a rich body of scholarship informed by the experiences of women within the University community, but also to the development of policy that will enhance and improve those experiences.

Please join me in congratulating and welcoming Professor Wane to this role.