On 30 January 2016, the Arts & Science Program and the McMaster Global Justice Hub hosted the inaugural McMaster Global Justice Collaboratory Workshop. The event commenced with an eye-opening and inspiring keynote address by Dr. Eug?ne Nshimiyimana, Chair of the Department of French, who challenged and encouraged the large group of students, faculty, and community members with his unique perspectives on the workshop theme of Diversity and Inclusion.
Taking valuable lessons from this talk, participants subsequently worked in smaller groups to apply the ideas raised by Dr. Nshimiyimana to important contemporary challenges, such as the social impact of #BlackLivesMatters and the implications of institutional discrimination.
The day concluded with meaningful dialogue regarding these issues in a full group setting. The lively exchange, facilitated by Arts & Science professor Dr. Gary Warner, proved to be such a welcome opportunity for energetic and collaborative discussion that future gatherings and initiatives are currently being planned by the Global Justice Hub Advisory Committee. Sincere thanks to all who participated and to key organizers Dr. Beth Marquis and Arts & Science student Maverick Chan for all they did to make this such a productive and exciting event!