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Saturday, November 3 • 10:10am - 11:55am
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Open Research and Education

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While the Open Access, Open Data, and Open Education movements often lean on rhetoric around social justice, equity, and the democratization of knowledge, in many ways, the movements continue to marginalize underrepresented scholars and students. Mainstream efforts to advance Open centre digital solutions and dominant (often Western) ways of knowing.  At the same time, they fail to acknowledge issues salient to marginalized social and geographical contexts, such as the digital divide, non-Western ways of knowing, and the colonization of information. This OpenCon panel session aims to prompt critical discussions around the ways in which the Open movements have replicated some of the same systems of power and oppression in higher education that they were originally meant to address. Audience members should leave with a more critical view of openness, and be encouraged to reflect on the following questions:
  • How do the solutions put forth by the Open movements reinforce Western dominance, colonialism, as well as barriers on the basis of race, class, gender, etc...?
  • How does exclusion and a lack of diversity impact their own Open advocacy work in their communities and/or institutions?
  • How might they begin to address this in their own communities?

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Denisse Albornoz

The Knowledge GAP, University of Toronto Scarboorugh / Open and Collaborative Science in Development Network
Denisse is a Research Associate for the Open and Collaborative Science in Development Network (OCSDNet) and part of the Knowledge G.A.P. project, a research collective investigating the geopolitics of academic knowledge production. She is interested in inclusive and transgressive... Read More →
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Leslie Chan

Associate Professor, University of Toronto Scarborough
I am an Associate Profess, Teaching Stream, in the Centre for Critical Development Studies, University of Toronto Scarborough. My research and teaching interests have been centered on the nature of knowledge production and whether open access and open science could disrupt the current... Read More →
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Deetta Jones

Founder & CEO, DeEtta Jones Associates

Saturday November 3, 2018 10:10am - 11:55am EDT
Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan Theatre Ian MacDonald Blvd, Toronto, ON M3J 2S5, Canada