29 June 2018

In Canadian universities, black, Indigenous, and other non-white students increasingly turn for support to faculty members of colour. These professors’ disproportionate – and unpaid – emotional labour often weighs on their prospects for promotion and tenure. In an article published on 3 June 2018 in The Globe and Mail, 2018 Foundation fellow Ayesha S. Chaudhry argued that recognizing racism as a fact would be a first step to improve university culture and the experiences of non-white faculty on the job. 2018 Foundation fellow Malinda S. Smith echoed Chaudhry’s remarks, emphasizing that non-white professors’ emotional labour also “tends to be highly gendered.” “The skills that go into performing this kind of work are undervalued,” she asserted, “in part because they’re invisible and ignored.” Chaudhry and Smith concluded that universities need to acknowledge the extra load that negatively impacts the career trajectories of non-white faculty – and of non-white women particularly.

Read the full article here.

Ayesha S. Chaudhry

Engaging the academic, policy, and public spheres, Professor Ayesha Chaudhry (gender and Islamic studies, University of British Columbia) sparks a conversation on Islamic legal reform through a Feminist Sharia.

2018 Fellows

Malinda S. Smith

By excavating and foregrounding often-hidden histories, Professor Malinda Smith (political science, University of Alberta) aims to address the virtual absence of Black women in many of the stories that Canadians tell about themselves.  

2018 Fellows