Academic Well-Being of Racialized Students
Canadian universities have an ongoing history of colonialism and racism in this white-settler society. Racialized students (Indigenous, Black and students of colour), who would once have been forbidden from academic spaces and who still feel out of place, must navigate these repressive structures in their educational journeys. Through the genres of essay, art, poetry and photography, this book examines the experiences of and effects on racialized students in the Canadian academy, while exposing academia's lack of capacity to promote students' academic well-being. The book emphasizes the crucial connections that racialized students forge, which transform an otherwise hostile environment into a space of intellectual collaboration, community building and transnational kinship relations. Meticulously curated by Dr. Benita Bunjun, this book is a living example of mentorship, reciprocity and resilience.
About this Author
Dr. Benita Bunjun is an Associate Professor at Saint Mary's University in the Department of Social Justice and Community Studies, where she coordinates the Racialized Students Academic Network. Her research examines organizational and institutional power relations with a focus on colonial encounters within academic spaces. Dr. Bunjun is deeply committed to the academic well-being of Indigenous, Black and students of colour and to her responsibilities and responsiveness regarding the complexity of Indigenous-settler (of colour) relations and South Asian and Black Diaspora relations.
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