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Open debate on issues minority groups face in society to feature participation from renowned individuals

OSHAWA, Ont. - In celebration of Black History month, three open debates on issues facing minority groups in society will be held on February 28, March 1 and 2 at the Oshawa campus of Durham College and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT).

Scheduled speakers include: Dr. Wesley Crichlow (UOIT associate professor in the Faculty of Social Science); Dr. George Dei (researcher at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education); Dr. Patrick Case (chair of the Board of Governors with the Canadian Race Relations Foundation); Dwayne Morgan (founder of Ajax-based, Up From the Roots); Dr. Patrick Hung and Dr. Anjum Siddiqui (assistant professors in the Faculty of Business and IT at UOIT); Penny Boyce Chester (representative of the Parent Voice in Education Project); and members of the Durham Regional Police Service.

The public is invited to attend these free sessions:

Blacks in sports and entertainment
February 28
Noon to 2 p.m.
Room UA2230 of the Science building

Minorities in education
March 1
Noon to 2 p.m.
Room UA1240 of the Science building

Interracial dating
March 2
Noon to 2 p.m.
Room C113 of the Gordon Willey building

For more information on the event, please contact Stacee Samuels via e-mail at


About the University of Ontario Institute of Technology
As the province's newest university, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology provides a unique combination of academic knowledge, vibrant student life, leading-edge research, and hands-on skills. The university offers career-focused undergraduate degree programs in the fields of business and information technology, sciences, engineering, nursing, social science, and education. It is also developing leading-edge research and graduate programs, and is Ontario's first laptop-based university. Sharing facilities and selected services with Durham College, UOIT has attracted over 1,800 students since its inception in 2003. To find out more, visit or call 905.721.8668.

About Ontario Tech University
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