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Diversity & Inclusion in Information Sciences Speaker Series

Throughout the entire month of November 2020, MPOC hosted three events as part of the Diversity and Inclusion in Information Sciences Speakers Series. This speaker series was led by the Accessibility Interests Working Group (AIWG) and developed in collaboration with the Diversity Working Group (DWG) at the University of Toronto’s iSchool. Across the fall and winter semesters, each organization was assigned a month where every week a talk or workshop was delivered virtually with the intent of filling in the gaps of our information studies.

November 3: In Conversation with Gendai

Petrina Ng and Marsya Maharani, stewards of Gendai, shared their experiences working in the arts sector as racialized professionals and dismantling outdated structures in cultural institutions.

November 17: A Talk with Twysted Miyake-Mugler

Twysted Miyake-Mugler, co-founder of Toronto Kiki Ballroom Alliance and legendary vogue dancer, spoke with us about QTBIPOC community organizing and how museums and galleries can better collaborate with marginalized groups.

November 24: Zine-Making Workshop & Wellness Discussion with Melina Mehr

Freelance curator, writer, community programmer, independent publisher, and MMSt alum, Melina Mehr, taught us the art of zine-making as we discussed the importance of self-care practices for mental health.

If you would like to inquire about any AIWG or DWG events and recordings, please contact them at their socials, listed below:

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