Shades of Brown conference explores South Asian experience

The growth of the South Asian populations around the world has dramatically increased, yet there is little reflection in Canadian school curricula about who South Asians are, where they come from and what their experiences are.

To address that lack, York’s Faculty of Education has co-organized a conference on South Asian issues called Shades of Brown: Challenges, Myths and Promises to be held July 8-12 on the Keele campus.

The conference aims to improve understanding of the South Asian diaspora and provide educators especially with resources and strategies for integrating South Asian content into classroom curricula and policies.

The conference will be presented in two parts:

  • Sunday, July 8 – South Asian Community & Youth: The Future We All Want

      Parents, students and community members will have a chance to see educational films, listen to prominent speakers, attend a variety of workshops (on health, education, volunteerism, activism, careers, culture, religion, and leadership) and enjoy music and performances by young artists.

  • Monday-Thursday, July 9-12 – Educators & Service Providers: Challenges, Myths & Promises

      Educators, administrators, researchers and community agencies who serve South Asians and South Asian youth will hear speakers and attend workshops aimed at giving them a better understanding of South Asian experience. They will have a chance to network and hear classical music at a variety of social events.

See the Shades of Brown conference Web site for complete details about the program, keynote speakers, registration and fees, and contact information.