UVic orange t-shirt design. Artist: Carey Newman (Kwakwaka-wakw/Coast Salish)

June 1, 2021

Hello and welcome. Thank you for joining us today for the 2021 Virtual Pride Kick Off, hosted by Positive Space for the university community.

My name is Dan Cantiller, and my pronouns are he/him. I am an out and proud member of the 2SLGBTQ+ community. I have been a part of the university community here since 2012, and currently work at the Ted Rogers School of Management as a Decision Support Analyst. I have been involved and volunteering with Positive Space for many years. Positive Space is a community network for staff and faculty employed at the…

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A hand reaching out from a laptop screen, in front of a multicolour background
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Updated April 29, 2021

Students, faculty and staff who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) experience unique challenges learning and working within Canadian postsecondary institutions. Since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 as a pandemic, and with ongoing incidents of racial and political unrest, awareness about trauma impacting postsecondary communities is increasing. With prior North American research already indicating a high level of prevalence of historic trauma that many students bring with them as they enter postsecondary institutions, and the high likelihood that students will also experience some form of trauma during their postsecondary experience, it behooves…

Group of people placing this hands in the centre, symbolizing unity/teamwork/agreement
Group of people placing this hands in the centre, symbolizing unity/teamwork/agreement
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February 27, 2021

Although I somewhat enrolled in the CINT905 course last minute on a whim, it proved to be a valuable learning experience about engaging with conflict in multidisciplinary learning and team settings. Though I had previously been familiar with some of the models and strategies discussed in our course, such as active listening and the Thomas-Kilmann conflict resolution styles, the learning experience was further demonstrated through the class dynamics involving a mixed group of participants from different professions, ages and cultural backgrounds. In this final critical reflection for the course, I will examine my group work experience and…

January 28, 2021

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Canadian universities and colleges are considered to be institutions that hold and advance knowledge within our communities. Tied to their mission, institutions of higher education are expected to develop and graduate individuals who are equipped with the knowledge and skills to succeed in their careers and contribute as global citizens. Who advances and succeeds within the academy tends to reflect the identities and values that do not necessarily reflect the wider community. Overwhelming, those who are represented at the upper levels of leadership in our higher education institutions remain male and White (Smith & Bray, 2019).


July 4, 2020

Rug pattern of multicolour interlocking shapes
Rug pattern of multicolour interlocking shapes
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In their study “Building an Inclusive Campus”, Green et al. (2018) employed a mixed method approach to investigate the impacts of an interreligious and intercultural diversity program on participants’ self-perceived and actual intercultural competencies (ICC), defined by Hammer (2015) as “the capability to shift cultural perspective and appropriately adapt behavior to cultural difference and commonalities” (as cited in Green et al., 2018, p. 44). This research was intended to evaluate how the Kaleidoscope Project at the University of Calgary might be serving the need of fostering students’ ICC within an increasingly diverse post-secondary campus environment. The Kaleidoscope…

September 2, 2020

Hand holding a megaphone that is muffled by a Canadian flag
Hand holding a megaphone that is muffled by a Canadian flag
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In recent years, it appears there have been growing concerns regarding what can be said on Canadian post-secondary campuses. Beyond efforts of those within Canadian post-secondary education (PSE) to adopt more inclusive language regarding gender, sexuality and other individual and group identities, there have been tensions about political activism and discourse within classrooms and other parts of campus. If the purpose of post-secondary institutions (PSIs) is to expand knowledge and learning through teaching and research, and to serve local and broader community needs, one may assume that differences of opinion and perspective might naturally arise. Some might…

Summary of a critical annotated bibliography

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October 8, 2019

With the massification of higher education in Canada, efforts have been made to increase the diversity of student enrollment and to facilitate the access of historically underrepresented groups, such as visible minorities, Indigenous students, and students with disabilities. Although Canada is often considered to be a welcoming and inclusive nation, challenges exist for racialized students regarding their access to post-secondary education, experiences within educational institutions and access to quality employment opportunities. A review of 15 articles has generated the following themes:

· Celebrating diversity is considered foundational to Canadian identity. Bernard & Smith (2018) name that multiculturalism…

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April 17, 2020

The critical/transformative approach to research is the third major categorical type of research that we have reviewed as part of the current course in Research Methods and Designs. In contrast to quantitative (scientific realism) and qualitative (subjective/interpretism) approaches, critical/transformative research readily acknowledges that knowledge and research are not politically neutral (Cohen et al., 2002). Indeed, a primary focus of the critical/transformative approach is to investigate and expose the workings of power, with a goal of empowering and emancipating marginalized individuals. …

Forte — Toronto Gay Men’s Chorus performing in December 2014

Updated from July 2015 article, originally written for the Ryerson Student Affairs Blog

Hi. My name is Dan and I’m a choirboy — or maybe “choir nerd” is more appropriate?

The fun thing is I know I’m not alone. In a very literal sense, it’s pretty well near impossible to be a one-person choir. But also, I know there are some other vocally and musically talented colleagues working in Higher Education and Student Affairs. …

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December 1, 2019

The struggle for Indigenous rights in Canada is an ongoing endeavour. Although more attention and awareness of the experiences and inequities of Indigenous peoples in Canada has grown in the past decade, Indigenous people experience less access to economic prosperity and a poorer quality of life compared to non-Indigenous Canadians, especially if they live on reserve (Vowel, 2016). Successful completion of post-secondary education (PSE) and training may unlock some opportunities for Indigenous people to preserve knowledge and advance leadership within their own communities as well as succeed within majority non-Indigenous communities (Hampton, 2000). Given the harmful history…

Dan Cantiller

Student Affairs professional working in Canadian higher education. Recent Master of Education graduate. Queer. Baritone. Toronto is home. (he/him)

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