Shirley A Tate

Canada Research Chair in Feminism and Intersectionality

Tier 1 - 2020-04-01
University of Alberta
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

Research summary

Institutional racism is racism that is embedded as normal practice within a society or organization. Dr. Shirley Tate, Canada Research Chair in Feminism and Intersectionality, is exploring this form of racism at universities in Canada, Finland, Sweden, Brazil and South Africa. As settler colonial states, these countries’ universities have varying approaches to equity, and all struggle with racism, Indigenous rights and challenges to their commitments to social justice.

Drawing on BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of color) faculty and students, Tate and her research team are gathering comparative data about the structures, policies and practices of marginalization and applying Black feminist decolonial analyses to inform transnational collaborations. Their work will lead to publications, toolkits, graduate training, curricula for decolonial anti-racist teaching, and knowledge that has relevance for policy.