Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) Solidarities: Honouring BIOPOC Women, Feminisms, and LGBTQ2IA+ Communities

Description of activities, leadership, contact information

Description of Activity

What does it mean to bring academic theorizations, concrete grassroots organizing, and community-building into active, lasting relationships in meaningful, material ways?

What brings BIPOC communities together, but what is currently holding us apart?

What principles should we uphold as we aim to work in solidarity?

The BIPOC Solidarities working group is open to anyone interested in respectfully and collectively working towards dismantling colonialism. The working group will provide a space for members to develop research goals, enhance their scholarship, and further bridge the relationship between academia and community organizing. We will meet once a month from September 2020 to April 2021 to engage with readings, films, theories, and scholarship emerging from diverse disciplines, a wide array of grassroots organizations, and from community-based voices and perspectives. To develop our skills as scholars and organizers, each member of the working group will have opportunities to select literatures to ground our monthly discussions, facilitate monthly meetings, share research in progress, and organize events and excursions that guide the field of BIPOC solidarities.


  • Sewsen Igbu, Ph.D. student, OISE Adult Education & Community Development
  • Lance McCready, OISE Adult Education & Community Developmemnt
  • Ashley Caranto Morford, Ph.D. candidate, FAS English and Book History
  • Shana Peltier, Ph.D. student, OISE School & Clinical Psychology
  • Kaitlin Rizarri, M.A. student, OISE Social Justice Education


Faculty, University of Toronto

  • Jeffrey Ansloos, OISE Applied Psychology & Human Development
  • Jennifer Brant, OISE Curriculum, Teaching & Learning
  • Jill Carter, FAS Drama, Theatre & Performance Studies
  • Maria Hupfield, UTM Visual Studies and UTM English & Drama
  • Anna Thomas, UTM English & Drama

 Faculty outside University of Toronto

  • Conely de Leon, Sociology, Ryerson University
  • Eugenia Zuroski, English & Cultural Studies, McMaster University

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto

  • Erin Soros, SSHRC postdoctoral fellow

Graduate Students, University of Toronto

  • Corinn Gerber, Comparative Literature
  • Arun Jacob, Faculty of Information
  • Rozanne Korpan, Study of Religion
  • Alexandra Sarra-Davis, English

Graduate Students outside University of Toronto

  • Monica Batac, Social Work, McGill University