Academic researchers are facing an ever-expanding range of threats that have not been previously addressed.
The Globe and Mail examines the growing issue, using research and statistics to shed light on the threats faced by academics and how to deal with them.
By Rachael RachlinierThe GlobeAndMail Staff 2,924 students from a wide variety of disciplines, including medicine, business, law, history and sociology, are represented in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, where the research faculty provides academic and cultural expertise.
The Faculty has also established a committee that coordinates the academic and social activities of the department.
In 2017, the Faculty received a letter from the provincial government’s Office of the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, informing the Faculty that it will be closing down the institution’s programs, including the Institute of Academic Research.
In February 2018, the Office of Ontario Universities announced that the Faculty would no longer be accredited to teach academic subjects.
The Globe and the Mail spoke to professors, graduate students and students at the Faculty, as well as researchers from across the province.
In a recent interview, one of the faculty members said he was frustrated by the response of the Ontario government to his concerns.
The Minister of Science and Technology said there is no such thing as a racist faculty.
McGlone said there are many factors that contribute to academic racism, including discrimination on the job, racism in the classroom and in the workplace, lack of cultural diversity in research groups, and the lack of an academic identity for academics.”
It’s not just about academics, it’s about everybody else in society.”
McGlone said there are many factors that contribute to academic racism, including discrimination on the job, racism in the classroom and in the workplace, lack of cultural diversity in research groups, and the lack of an academic identity for academics.
He added that there are also problems of privilege in academia, as black, female and Indigenous people often receive less credit than white and male colleagues.
“It’s a systemic problem, it doesn’t happen in isolation,” he said.
“There’s so much that can happen in the academic community that is completely ignored.
I don’t think there’s any way to ignore that.”
While there have been a number of recent reports about racism in academia in Canada, such as a survey of nearly 700 professors by the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) that found that two-thirds of respondents felt the situation was still unacceptable, McGlon said the issue is not new.
He said it is important to have a dialogue with professors and to educate students about racism, but he said the government has been slow to address it.
“I think we need to be careful about what we say, and not just say, ‘Oh, the problem’s not with you.’
It’s about this system that is stacked against you, and that is racism,” he explained.
The province also needs to increase the number of academics on campus to combat academic racism and the “systemic racism” that exists.
“We need to have more academic leaders and more researchers on campus who can actually have real impact on the climate,” McGlo said.
He also noted that a new law in Ontario that requires universities to publish statistics on student racism, harassment and hate speech is “very important.”
“We need it because it’s just the tip of the iceberg,” he added.
“When people feel safe and respected, they tend to become more willing to speak out.”
McLennan, the professor of history, added that in order to prevent further academic racism on campuses, more people need to know what to expect.
“We can’t let them get away with this, so they have to start talking about it,” he told the Globe and one of his students told him she had recently experienced racism on campus.
“I was scared.
I was scared of being called a racist and a racist.”
McClintock, the graduate student, said the problem has been getting worse.
“My colleagues have always been great, but it’s gotten worse,” he recalled.
“Some of them are getting fired.
They don’t know what they’re doing.”
Mcclintock said he has received several threats in the past few years, which has made him feel more vulnerable than he ever has before.
“For me, I’m scared,” he continued.
“And I’m afraid of the repercussions.”
McGowan, the sociology professor, said she feels the threat of racism has reached new levels in the province’s recent budget, which was released just a few weeks ago.
“This budget is very scary,” she said.
“People are talking about this.
It’s not an isolated incident, it seems to be a trend.”
McQueen, the associate professor of political science, said many people in the field have been intimidated and harassed by professors over the past year.
McQueen said she was concerned that she was going to be left alone to speak