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C ENTRE FOR STUDIES IN SOCIAL JUSTICE

N EWSLET TER
V OLUME 2, ISSUE 1 M AY 2006

F ORGING P ARTNERSHIPS , A DDRESSING COMMUNITY NEEDS


A NNOUNCING A N EW G RANT
The Centre for Studies in key objective of these Anthropology and various
Social Justice was activities has been to create community and student
established in July 2002 an on-going dialogue assistants will attempt to
with a commitment to the between and among identify obstacles Windsor
production and researchers and members immigrants with physical
mobilization of knowledge of the community. Out of and mental disabilities
through interdisciplinary these gatherings and experience in their access
research in collaboration meetings a few common to community services and
with community partners. areas of research interest explore both why these
Over the past four years emerged. One of these obstacles exist and ways of
the Centre has worked to areas was how community overcoming them. Colleen
bring together researchers services in the Windsor Mitchell of the
across disciplines and area are adapting to an Multicultural Council of I NSIDE THIS ISSUE :
institutions to share increasingly diverse Windsor and Essex
knowledge and identify community, which, County, a partner in this M OBILITY FOCUS OF P H D 2
areas where research is according to Ontario’s project states that this S TUDENT ’ S R ESEARCH
needed through a variety Minister of Immigration research is necessary W INDSOR P ERSON OF THE 3
of activities. These and Citizenship, is second because “many immigrants Y EAR A WARD
activities have included only to Vancouver for new still do not access
C AN T HEATRE B RING R EC- 4
guest lectures, brown bag arrivals per capita. traditional health service ONCILIATION BETWEEN
seminars, performances, organizations.” P EOPLE ?
A team of researchers and
photo exhibits, a community partners led by The research project has W INDSOR A IR P OLLUTION 4
community-University Dr. Tanya Basok, director secured funding from the
partnership workshop, an of the Centre for Studies in Joint Centre of Excellence I NDIGENOUS R IGHTS AND 5
international human rights Social Justice, has come for Research on O IL C OMPANIES IN E CUA-
conference, and a social DOR
together to start work on a Immigration and
justice forum on the state research project tackling Settlement (CERIS) which
of social justice teaching C ENTRE L AUNCHES N EW 5
this question. Dr. Ben is based in Toronto. CERIS O N -L INE J OURNAL
and research at Canadian Kuo of the Department of is a part of Metropolis, an
universities. Besides Psychology, Dr. Uzo international forum for C ENTRE HOSTS STUDENT 6
raising the profile of the Anucha of the Department comparative research and FORUM
Centre and the Social of Social Work, and Dr. public policy development
Justice pinnacle on Rudhramoorthy Cheran of about population
T HE C OORDINATING C OM- 7
MITTEE
campus, in the community the Department of ABOUT THE CENTRE
and at other universities, a (Continued on page 2) 8
Sociology and
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N EW R ESEARCH G RANT FOR THE C ENTRE FOR S TUDIES IN S OCIAL


J USTICE
(Continued from page 1) Department of Citizenship and Findings from this research will be
Immigration Canada. disseminated at conferences and in
migration, cultural diversity and the Tanya Basok hopes that this one-year academic journals as well as
challenges of immigrant integration grant from CERIS will “lay the community newsletters and on the
in cities in Canada and around the ground work for larger collaborative Centre for Studies in Social Justice
world. CERIS is funded by Social website.NN
studies on immigration in Windsor.”
Sciences and Humanities Research
Council of Canada and the

Mobility focus of PhD student’s research BY HEATHER GRAYDON

The City of Windsor’s history as the academic line of inquiry, studying


and writing critiques on how motor
ples’ perceptions and mentalities to
shift with regard to our unsustainable
automotive manufacturing capital of vehicle production and automobile practices and culture of heightened
Canada has led to its development of dependency interconnect with con- mobility, and that the key lies in re-
unique social and economic power sumerism, urban spatial design, so- imagining how we live our lives and
relations with regard to automobile cial exclusion, inequality, and global- utilize our social and geographic
production, consumption, and use. ization. spaces. Toward the aim of fostering
Maya Ruggles, a doctoral candidate such social change and collective
in Social Justice with the University Her numerous non-academic activi-
ties further engage this reflective critical thinking, Maya conceived and
of Windsor’s Department of Sociol- coordinated the first annual City
ogy, has made this subject, referred theorizing on the social, cultural and
Street Celebration – an expo for al-
to as automobility, and its diverse ecological implications of prioritizing
ternative transportation, held here in
impacts, the focus of both her aca- car use over alternative forms of mo-
Windsor last September. This festival
demic research and community- bility and ways of living. For in-
stance, Maya sits on the transporta- will see its second year on Saturday,
based activism. September 23rd, 2006. Individuals,
tion subcommittee of the Windsor
Working for the parking branch of Essex County Environment Commit- artists, activists, students, local vol-
the City of Vancouver’s transporta- tee, a city council advisory commit- unteers, and various organizations
tion division initially led Maya to tee that responds to and makes rec- invest their time, energy, and re-
problematize patterns of mobility ommendations based on all docu- sources to help realize this event and
and discursive practices with regard ments and proposals the city council ensure its success. Overall, Maya’s
to driving. She has since transferred has to deal with regarding transporta- work exemplifies the potential of
this analytical perspective into her tion. She is also a board member of social justice in action.
the Citizens Environment Alli- If you would like to contact Maya,
ance of Southwestern Ontario she can be reached at:
and Southeastern Michigan, a maya_ruggles@hotmail.com
policy research and advocacy City Street Celebration website:
group that seeks to educate and www.citystreetcelebration.org O
encourage ecologically sensitive
living. Heather Graydon is a Master’s student in
Sociology at the University of Windsor.
The conclusions she has arrived
at, based on her work, are that
there is a critical need for peo-
City Street Celebration participants
V OLUME 2, ISSUE 1 P AGE 3

S OCIAL J USTICE P ERSON OF THE Y EAR A WARD


B Y B LAIRE S KALNEK
On Tuesday, March 7, in learning to solve their sented by Dr.
2006, the Centre for Stud- problems by cooperating Tanya Basok, di-
ies in Social Justice hon- with others, and develop- rector for the Cen-
oured two individuals for ing skills to cope with life tre for Studies in
their contribution to social stresses and peer pressure. Social Justice who
justice – Kenny Gbadebo He is particularly commit- emphasised the
and Sandi Curtis. The ted to promoting cultural importance of
award ceremony, hosted diversity and anti-racism at Kenny Gbadebo’s
annually by the Centre, schools and in society as a and Sandi Curtis’s
was attended by about 50 whole. Dr. Ocheje, pro- work. Racism exists at all victims to recover their
faculty, staff, and commu- fessor of Law at the Uni- levels of the educational dignity and confront their
nity members who came versity of Windsor and system as evidenced by the abusers.
to celebrate the work of friend of Kenny Gbadebo lack of ethnic representa- Dr. Ross Paul, President
both award recipients. explained, "sometimes tives in schools, school
of the University of Win-
Kenny Gbadebo, a Uni- speaking for those who officials expressing racism
dsor commemorated the
can’t speak for themselves and subtle biases and cur-
award recipients for
is a lonely job," but "I riculum with racist under- “living what we try to
never cease to be amazed tones. Dr. Basok ex- preach” at the University.
by the level of Kenny's plained that Kenny
He went on to explain that
exertion on behalf of the Gbadebo was awarded the
both Kenny Gbadebo and
youth of Windsor." Person of the Year award
Sandi Curtis “represent the
Dr. Sandi Curtis, head of for challenging these ideals we all strive for”. By
the School of Music, is a harmful factors in the Ca- challenging racist and vio-
nadian educational system.
clinician, a dedicated edu- lent trends in our society
Dr. Basok continued by
cator and a passionate ac- both award recipients are
noting several Canadian
tivist. She accepted the examples of what we all
person of the year award and American studies that need to be, “people of so-
“in memory of those have focused on the trends cial change”.O
of violence against
women who have lost Blaire Skalnek worked at the
versity of Windsor alum- women. Sandi Curtis re-
their lives and in recogni- Centre for Studies in Social
nus, was awarded for his tion of those who have ceived the Person of the
lifelong commitment to Year Award for working Justice during the Winter
survived domestic vio-
ensuring young people tirelessly to end the trends 2006 term and is a student of
lence.” Sandi Curtis is
(particularly immigrant of male violence against Criminology.
committed to stopping
and racialized minorities) violence against women women and for assisting
complete their education, and assisting victims to
learn social skills and avoid heal through music ther-
conflict with the law. apy. Dr. Sally Bick
Kenny Gbadebo has praised Sandi Curtis for
worked with many organi- bringing “music therapy to
zations and formed non- those who cannot afford
profit programs within it.”
the Windsor, Essex
County area to assist youth The awards were pre-
V OLUME 2, ISSUE 1 P AGE 4

C AN T HEATRE B RING R ECONCILIATION B ETWEEN P EOPLE ?


On March 30th, The Centre for Company of the University of Win-
dsor, a company of Drama in Educa-
Fox was invited to Burundi by an
American NGO to teach the tech-
Studies in Social Justice hosted a
tion and Community students. Play- nique there. The Tubiyage Theatre
presentation by Jonathan Fox, foun-
back Theatre is an interactive theatre Association of Burundi learned the
der of the School of Playback Thea-
form in which audience members method and used it with refugees
tre in New York State. Fox spoke
describe a feeling that is then acted and community groups around the
about the technique of improvisa-
out by the actors. There is no set and country. Tubiyage ('Let's talk about
tional theatre known as Playback
any person or group can speak about it,' in Kirundi) travels to refugee
and his work with theatre compa-
their experience and then see it acted camps, in order to promote human
nies in Burundi. He was accompa-
out. rights through theatre. They use
nied by the Random Act Playback
Playback Theatre techniques as a
Jonathan Fox presented some facts
about the conflict in Burundi and way for people to mourn loss and
asked audience members to describe empathize with the suffering of oth-
ers. “It is a way of telling your story
their feelings upon hearing this infor-
so that it means something to oth-
mation. The Random Act Playback
ers” says Fox.
group then acted out the audience’s
reactions on stage.
(Continued on page 7)

A SSESSING THE E XPOSURE OF W INDSOR R ESIDENTS TO


A IR P OLLUTION
If you live in Windsor you know tionship between exposure and the the distribution of pollutants and pos-
activity patterns and home character- sibly find the source. “It is like put-
that the city’s air quality is poor.
istics of the individuals. ting together puzzles” she says.
The number of smog days an-
nounced in the local media through- Engineering Professors Iris Xiaohong Professor Seth’s expertise lies in
out the summer is an obvious indi- Xu, Rajesh Seth and Edwin Tam of multi-media modelling - how chemi-
cator that there’s something bad in the Department of Environmental cals move from one medium to an-
the air. But do you know exactly Engineering at the University of other (such as from air pollution to
what you are breathing? Windsor are halfway through this acid rain). Professor Tam’s perspec-
three-year study with Health Canada. tive is on environmental sustainabil-
A team of engineers at the Univer-
The current phase of the study in- ity: how the community at large is
sity of Windsor is currently study-
volves identifying the types of pollut- affected.
ing just how bad the air is in Win-
ants in the air. This involves teams of
dsor and where the pollutants are The participation of local residents is
student research assistants testing the
coming from. crucial for this project and the team is
air in homes around the city, as well extremely appreciative of their sup-
The Windsor, Ontario Exposure as asking residents to use personal port. To keep the community con-
Assessment Study is being con- exposure monitors (PEM), a back- nected with the progress of the
ducted by the Health Canada Air pack instrument that samples air study, open houses are hosted after
Health Effects Division and Univer- throughout their daily activities, to each sampling period where informa-
sity of Windsor. The primary pur- detect common air pollutants. tion sessions are held and participants
pose of this study is to monitor per-
The project leader, Dr. Xu, then uses receive a report on the findings in
sonal exposures to a variety of air
computer-based modelling to study their own home. NN
pollutants and understand the rela-
V OLUME 2, ISSUE 1 P AGE 5

I N D EFENCE OF I NDIGENOUS R IGHTS IN E CUADOR


B Y S YBILA V ALDIVIESO

Sybila Valdivieso is a member of the tional oil companies. exchange, AGIP gave the Waorani a
Centre for Studies in Social Justice. She In 2001, the Italian oil company modest allocation of food and medi-
completed her last semester of Law cal supplies for the month of May
AGIP signed an agreement with the
through an internship at the Inter- 2001, a $3500 school house, kitchen
Waorani indigenous peoples in the
American Development Bank where she utensils for that month consisting of
Ecuadorian Amazon for access to
worked on issues of indigenous law, envi- 15 plates, 15 cups, 15 spoons, 2
tribal lands for oil exploration. The
ronmental law and economics. In this agreement stipulated that the pots and 2 ladles, a flag of Ecuador,
issue she shares her concerns about the Waorani give up their future right to a blackboard, 2 soccer balls and a
abuse of indigenous peoples by interna- (Continued on page 6)
sue for environmental damage. In

Centre to launch new on-line journal


In the Fall of 2006 the Centre for scholars in the area of social justice
are on the editorial board: Liz
for the launch of this journal.
Studies in Social Justice will be The journal will be published on-line
Curran (La Trobe University), Nancy twice a year using Open Journal
launching the first issue of a brand
Fraser (New School for Social Systems (OJS), a journal
new electronic journal entitled
Research), Carol Gould (George management and publishing system.
“Studies in Social Justice”.
Mason University), Robert Hackett OJS is open source software, which
Studies in Social Justice will be an (Simon Fraser University), David the University of Windsor’s Leddy
interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed Harvey (City University of New Library will manage. The use of OJS
journal that will serve as a forum to York), Engin Isin (York University), means the journal will be freely
share knowledge on a wide range of Cecilia Menjivar (Arizona State accessible on the web. Making
social justice issues, including racism, University), Arun Mukherjee (York research freely available to the public
poverty, sexuality, gender, health University), Jackie Smith (University supports a greater global exchange of
and class inequalities. It will also of Notre Dame), Gary Teeple knowledge. Such access is associated
explore the legal, environmental and (Simon Fraser University), Sylvia with increased readership and
cultural challenges of restructuring Walby (Lancaster University), increased citation of an author's
the global economy. This electronic Gordon Walker (Lancaster work.
journal will publish high quality University) and Daiva Stasiulis
scholarly research that addresses (Carleton University). According to Dr. Jeff Noonan of the
ways to promote social justice and Department of Philosophy and one of
David Harvey, an internationally the journal’s editors, “The Centre for
offer recommendations on policies or
recognized geographer and Studies in Social Justice is emerging
strategies to diminish existing
distinguished professor of as a focal point for research in social
injustices. The journal will be edited
Anthropology at CUNY is the author justice at the University. The journal
here at the University of Windsor by
of numerous books and articles will increase the global profile of the
Dr. Tanya Basok, Dr. Suzan Ilcan and
including: The Postmodern Condition, Centre and contribute to the
Dr. Jeff Noonan with the support of
Justice, Nature and the Geography of pioneering research it sponsors.”
many others at the Leddy Library and
Difference. Dr. Harvey will be
at the Centre for Studies in Social If you would like to learn more about
coming to Windsor in the fall 2006
Justice. A number of renowned the journal, including how to
contribute, please contact the Centre
for Studies in Social Justice.NN
V OLUME 2, ISSUE 1 P AGE 6

E CUADOR R ESEARCH R EPORT


(Continued from page 5) on some of the largest oil reserves lands. This negotiation is done be-
in the world. The issue of oil is not tween the indigenous communities
referee’s whistle. In November of new to Ecuador. Since the 1960s and the oil companies. It is easy to
2005 an Ecuadorian lawyer and national and international oil com- deduce who has the most to gain or
congressional adviser, Bolivar Bel- panies have left behind environ- lose. There is an assumption of an
trán, filed a disclosure lawsuit in mental disasters and poverty. [Re: equal bargaining position between
the name of three congressmen and Texaco, Chevron http:// the two parties. Such unsophisti-
agreements such as this one were www.texacorainforest.org/] How- cated assumptions do not consider
exposed publicly. On December 8, ever, in the last few years there has differences in culture, spirituality,
2005, Oswaldo Jarrín, the Ecua- been a distinct pro-oil government social order, languages, under-
dorian Minister of Defence de- policy whereby the Ecuadorian standing of sovereignty, or an ac-
clared all contracts with foreign oil government has placed almost 80% knowledgement of varying eco-
firms to be null and void. At pre- of oil reserve lands up for bids. Oil nomic systems and, as such, it is
sent, he is designing a new military companies receive block conces- difficult not to see these negotia-
unit that’s responsible for the pro- sions that give them subsoil rights, tions as nothing more than theft by
tection of oil operations. Ecuador but under Ecuadorian law they deception.O
has some of the world’s richest must negotiate with indigenous
rainforests and they happen to be peoples who hold the title to those

C ENTRE H OSTS 2 ND S OCIAL J USTICE F ORUM FOR L OCAL


G RADE E IGHT S TUDENTS
In December 2005, the Centre for Studies in Social Justice hosted the second annual Student Social Justice Forum
for grade eight students in Windsor and Essex County. The event was co-sponsored by the Holocaust Education
Committee of the Windsor Jewish Community Centre, the CAW Local 200 Human Rights Committee, the Greater
Essex Country District School Board and the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board. The forum, which
took place in the Odette Building of the University of Windsor, was attended by over 70 area grade eight students.
The students separated into groups to discuss the rights of the child,
the environment, the Holocaust, and poverty. They also had the
opportunity to create art work with a social justice theme.
Given the success of the last two forums, the organizers have de-
cided to make this an annual event with both the public and separate
school boards participating. In addition, plans are underway to host
a social justice forum for area high school students in Spring 2007.
If your child will be in grade eight during the 2006-2007 school year
and is interested in participat-
ing, please contact the school
principal. NN
(Photos by Tory James, ©2005
University of Windsor)

Students’ Art Work


V OLUME 2, ISSUE 1 P AGE 7

P LAYBACK T HEATRE IN B URUNDI


(Continued from page 4) ple. Playback companies now exist
on five continents.
Fox also discussed the challenges In addition to Fox’s work in Bu-
and limitations of using a theatre rundi, The School of Playback Thea-
technique developed in the U.S. in tre is participating in a major initia-
different cultural contexts and re- C ENTRE FOR STUDIES IN
tive to bring playback theatre to
ceived feedback from audience SOCIAL JUSTICE
residents of the US Gulf region dev-
members from the region. astated by Hurricane Katrina. NN 251 Chrysler Hall South
Despite the challenge, the Playback University of Windsor
Theatre idea has inspired many peo- Windsor, Ontario N9B 3P4
Canada
THE CENTRE FOR STUDIES IN SOCIAL
JUSTICE COORDINATING COMMITTEE Tel.:(519) 253-3000 ext. 2326
E-mail: socjust@uwindsor.ca
Tanya Basok Director of Centre for Studies in Social Justice
Paul Boin Communication Studies
Gail Campbell Designate for the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and WWW. UWINDSOR. CA/ SOCIALJUSTICE
Social Sciences
Rupp Carriveau Civil and Environmental Engineering CONTACT US
Sandi Curtis School of Music
Tanya Basok, Director
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Anne Forrest Women’s Studies Tel: (519) 253-3000 ext. 3498
Email: basok@uwindsor.ca
Vivian Herzenberg Jewish Community Centre
Suzan Ilcan Sociology and Anthropology Irene Arseneau,
Administrative Assistant
Gilbert Iyamuremye Diocese of London Refugee Office
251-1 Chrysler Hall South
Brian Mazer Faculty of Law Tel: (519) 253-3000 ext. 2326
Linda Morrow United Way Email: socjust@uwindsor.ca

Jeff Noonan Philosophy Nicole A. Noël, Co-ordinator


Josette Reaume Faculty of Science 251-2 Chrysler Hall South
Tel: (519) 253-3000 ext. 3492
Leigh West Designate for the Dean of the Faculty of Law Email: nnoel@uwindsor.ca

Newsletter Editor:
Membership Nicole A. Noël

If you are interested in joining the Centre for Studies in Social Justice you can Assistant Editor for this issue:
join on-line by visiting our website, www.uwindsor.ca/socialjustice, and Blaire Skalnek
following the links to Membership. Membership gets you invitations to our
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newsletter at: nnoel@uwindsor.ca
V OLUME 2, ISSUE 1 P AGE 8

A BOUT THE C ENTRE FOR S TUDIES IN S OCIAL J USTICE


Following two years of planning by a steering committee, headed by
the Deans of Arts and Social Sciences and Law, the Centre for Stud-
ies in Social Justice came into existence on July 1, 2002. In so doing
"social justice" joined "automotive education and research" and
"environmental research" as one of three "pinnacle programme ar-
eas" in which the University of Windsor sought to develop an inter-
national reputation for excellence. The Centre is committed to inter-
disciplinarity in research and teaching, and to advocacy.

The Centre for Studies in Social Justice provides a place for research-
ers from the University of Windsor and other universities, centres Visit our website often to
and institutes, policy makers and community members to: address
the causes and impact of widespread social and economic changes; learn more about past and
research the elements that promote or impede social justice; access
resources, training, and knowledge; stimulate discussion and debate
future events organized by
on social justice issues; and to formulate recommendations on poli- the Centre for Studies in
cies or strategies that could diminish existing injustice.
Social Justice.
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