Cultural Diversity Programs and Events

We offer intentionally designed programming, events, and environments for students to engage in meaningful cultural dialogue, learn to navigate complex environments, and expand the understanding of racial and ethnic diversity on campus through a social justice lens.


BIPOC Networking Event

Woman sitting at a table listening to others speak.

The BIPOC Networking (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) Event is an opportunity for students and professionals to come together for an evening of networking and community building. The BIPOC Networking Event happens in the Fall and Winter Semesters as a means of highlighting representation on, and beyond the campus.

Find out about upcoming events by visiting the Cultural Diversity Office on GryphLife.ca.


BIPOC Student Social 

Students listening to another student speak in the Grad Lounge.

A social event held semesterly for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) students. Students have the opportunity to become familiar with resources, services, and identity-based student groups on campus in a cozy setting at the 5th, an on-campus restaurant. Cultural groups have the chance to connect with first-year students and share information about their clubs and any upcoming events.

 


Black History Month

Black History Month opening ceremony with Zaki Ibrihim.

Every February, Canada participates in Black History Month. During Black History Month, we celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Black Canadians throughout history, who have made countless contributions to the growth and development of Canada including towards the ongoing advancement of human rights. Some of featured events include Internationally acclaimed guest speakers, workshops, events and performances.


Documentary Screening & Discussion Series

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Our Documentary Screening & Discussion Series highlights the lived experiences of marginalized identities and communities in Canada. The purpose is to highlight the unique experiences of issues in areas that directly affect us (challenging the focus on climates outside of Canada). Events conclude with a discussion with the director or producer of the featured work.


Guelph Black Student Association (GBSA) Weekly Discussion

A discussion program where members of the GBSA and students from racialized communities discuss issues of identity, marginalization, and culturally relevant topics.


International Women's Day

On March 8th, the University Guelph celebrates International Women’s Day with countless others across the globe. International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements and contributions of women across the world. It also marks a call to action for advancing women’s rights and equality. Along with the celebration of all women, the University of Guelph highlights the experiences, advancement and equality of Black and trans women.


International Day for The Elimination of Racial Discrimination

On March 21st, the University of Guelph observes the UN’s International Day for The Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The UN’s International Day for The Elimination of Racial Discrimination on addressing and removing barriers to equality for People of African descent across the Globe.  For more information please visit https://www.un.org/en/observances/end-racism-day.