School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

A Message from the Vice Provost and Dean School of Graduate Studies

4th June 2020

The recent uprising in the United States and other parts of the globe, including Canada, reminds us that the world in 2020 remains divided along the lines of race, ethnicity, and class. It confirms the imperfectness of the existing social order that continues to produce and reproduce inequalities by systematically depriving marginalized communities of their basic human rights. What is remarkable about these street protests, however, is their ability to demonstrate how a horrific incident in one city—namely, the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis—can reignite passion for broader socio-political change across the world. As the global community raises its voice, a rare opportunity emerges for post-secondary institutions of every nation to join forces in their fight against all forms of racism and discrimination.

Echoing Principal Deane’s statement, the School of Graduate Studies reiterates its commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. It calls attention to the transformative power of liberal graduate education in creating a global cosmopolis and a sense of belonging to a common humanity that wholly transcends race, color, and ethnicity.

I encourage you to reach out to your support network, including the university, which offers wellness resources through Student Wellness Services, the Ban Righ Centre, Four Directions, QUIC, and the Office of Faith and Spiritual Life. You can also access the support of a counsellor through Empower Me or good2talk. Further, in the coming weeks, the School of Graduate Studies will be offering bi-weekly information and wellness support sessions. Details will be posted on our Summer-Fall 2020 page and social media. Please, reach out if you wish to talk. We are here to support you and to listen.

Fahim Quadir
Vice Provost and Dean
School of Graduate Studies