HEC Montréal students involved in blackface incident complete sensitivity training

December 7, 2011

A group of about 30 HEC Montréal students who covered themselves with black paint and chanted in mock Jamaican accents at a frosh-week event in September has completed courses in racial sensitivity training. The students took part in 3 sessions totalling 10 hours in a customized racial awareness program. In these sessions, students talked about why the incident sparked an uproar, were shown what such an incident could mean for the community at large, and explored what racial sensitivity means in daily life, especially for future managers working in a multicultural environment. HEC will require student associations and groups that organize activities to participate in the sessions in the future. The business school will launch next term an awareness campaign projected on video screens throughout campus on the issue of respect, focusing on racism and sexism. Montreal Gazette