While EDI initiatives have been commonplace in the academy for years, the events of 2020 have forced institutions to refocus their initiatives and tackle the issues of anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism more aggressively.
Watch as Alex Verdecchia, McDermott + Bull Principal, and guest speaker Dr. Barrington Walker, Associate Vice President of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at Wilfrid Laurier, explore and discuss the state of EDI in academia.
As Principal with McDermott + Bull, Canada, Alex brings 16 years of experience in executive search. At McDermott + Bull, Alex’s practice is focused on post-secondary education, life sciences, NPOs, healthcare, and municipalities. A champion of Equity, Diversity + Inclusion, Alex leads the charge for EDI with his clients and for the firm.
Dr. Walker is the Associate Vice President of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University. A historian of Modern Canada, Dr. Walker’s work focuses on the histories of the Black community, race immigration, and the law. His current research includes the histories of the Canadian racial state through multiple perspectives, archives, and lenses. He is currently finishing a study of colonization, race, and the Canadian state.