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Updated: 2022-05-16

The Equity Myth: Racialization and Indigeneity at Canadian Universities

Document type Book
Author Dua, Enakshi
Author Henry, Frances
Author James, Carl E.
Author Kobayashi, Audrey Lynn
Author Li, Peter
Author Ramos, Howard
Author Smith, Malinda
Publisher UBC Press; Vancouver
Date 2017
ISBN 978-0-7748-3488-9
Pages xiv, 374 pages: illustrations


The university is often regarded as a bastion of liberal democracy where equity and diversity are vigorously promoted. In reality, the university still excludes many people and is a site of racialization that is subtle, complex, and sophisticated. This book, the first comprehensive, data-based study of racialized and Indigenous faculty members' experiences in Canadian universities, challenges the myth of equity in higher education. Drawing on a rich body of survey data, interviews, and analysis of universities' stated policies, leading scholars scrutinize what universities have done and question the effectiveness of their employment equity programs. They also make important recommendations as to how universities can address racialization and fulfill the promise of equity in the academy. --Publisher's description