Newly launched Black studies programs fill longstanding curriculum gap

November 3, 2021
Universities in Canada are launching Black studies programs that are filling a “longtime curriculum gap,” writes Jenna Benchetrit of CBC. Benchetrit describes how institutions have slowly begun to add Black studies programs, beginning with a Black African Diaspora minor that was launched at Dalhousie University in 2016, followed by programs at York University and Queen’s University. New programs are also forthcoming, with Ryerson University set to start a Black studies minor in Fall 2022 and institutions such as Concordia University, University of Waterloo, Queen’s, and Dal discussing new and expanded programming. Benchetrit says that students, who are more vocal about not seeing their experiences reflected in the curriculum, are pushing for the changes. CBC (National)