The Wire
The Wire. Group of students, studying.

Share The Wire

Contact Us

About The Wire

Your one-stop online destination for upcoming deadlines, current events, innovative training, and more to help you navigate the many exciting opportunities available to you as a Western graduate student, postdoctoral scholar, faculty member, or staff member.

Acceptable Use Policy

We welcome all constructive comments to the weblogs hosted by the University. Individuals who post content on Western's weblogs are subject to the terms of Western's Acceptable Use Agreement. Content which constitutes clear cases of abuse of the medium will be removed from the weblogs.

May 18, 2022

REGISTER NOW | Compassion: A Key Element of Effective Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Work - May 25, 2022


DATE: Wednesday, May 25, 2022
TIME: 11:00 a.m. - 12 noon
LOCATION: Zoom, register for link

This session will introduce the construct and practice of compassion into Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) work for students, staff, and faculty interested in EDI at Western University.

Participants will be invited to a professional learning community by reading and discussing the book "Deep Diversity: A Compassionate, Scientific Approach to Achieving Racial Justice" by Shakil Choudhury from June-November 2022. Previous knowledge of the book is not mandatory.


In his book, Deep Diversity, Choudhury uses "a trauma-informed approach that removes shame or blame, and offers us the tools to recognize, take authentic responsibility, and enact deep change.

Readers will come away from the book with practical tools and an understanding of:

  • How to become a systems thinker by developing "racial pattern recognition" skills in order to challenge racism and other forms of systemic discrimination when we encounter them, while minimizing the tendency to shame or blame ourselves or others.
  • How to recognize when the unconscious influence of bias, identity, emotions, or power contradicts our beliefs about equality, and how to realign our thoughts/words/actions.
  • How to break the racial "prejudice habits" we have all been socialized into since birth, using research-based strategies.

This event is open to all Western students, staff, and faculty involved, or interested in, EDI work on campus.

For more information, please contact Raghad Ebied at

Facilitated by: Raghad Ebied, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Education Coordinator, Student Experience, Western University and Dr. Jennifer Valtos, Co-Executive Director with the Center for Compassion, Integrity, and Secular Ethics.

Dr. Jennifer Valtos is the Co-Executive Director with the Center for Compassion, Integrity, and Secular Ethics. She has been working in higher education, specifically in the area of student affairs, for more than 25 years. With a broad background in all areas of student affairs, she has facilitated programs and training for students, staff, and faculty including training facilitators for large and small group experiential learning activities. Jennifer holds an EdD in Educational Leadership and Management. Her capstone project was titled "Bridging the Gap: Fostering Collaboration between Student Affairs and Academic Affairs". Jennifer is the proud mother of two daughters and lives in New Jersey with her family.

*Please note: It is not mandatory to join the professional learning community and you are welcome to attend the event on May 25. Books will be provided for members of the professional learning community.

RESOURCES | Western stands in solidarity with Ukraine


Western University joins the world in responding with shock and outrage at the aggression and unprovoked violence in Ukraine, at the hands of Putin’s government. We stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine against this war and all unjust and unprovoked acts of war. Many Western experts are playing an important role in the public conversation, providing commentary and analysis to help make sense of this devastating situation as it continues to unfold. This is a critical role for universities to play. Just as importantly, we are looking inward and seeking to support our community. View full statement.

Special Response Fund for Trainees (Ukraine)

Support for Current Students, Staff, and Faculty

April 29, 2022

REGISTER NOW: Local Contexts: Supporting Indigenous Rights and Interests in Data and Collections | May 10, 2022


Local Contexts: Supporting Indigenous Rights and Interests in Data and Collections

DATE: Tuesday, May 10, 2022
TIME: 3:00 p.m. (EST)
LOCATION: Zoom, register for link


Every Indigenous community has cultural and biological knowledge within educational systems, archives, libraries, and museums that they do not own, do not control, and cannot govern circulation over. Significant information about that knowledge, including individual and community names and proper provenance information, is absent. Issues of responsibility, ownership, as well as incomplete or significant mistakes in the metadata extend to every other knowledge asset or digital record building upon this information. Increasing digitization continues to disregard Indigenous rights affecting cultural memory; the accuracy of historical narratives; present day Indigenous culture, health, and well-being; and is also a critical matter pertaining to Indigenous knowledge and data sovereignty.

Local Contexts offers a robust decolonial information system of labeling as digital markers to intervene in the structural colonial legacy of Indigenous erasure. The Traditional Knowledge (TK) and Biocultural (BC) Labels and Notices work to enhance and legitimize locally based decision-making and Indigenous governance frameworks for determining ownership, access, and culturally appropriate conditions for sharing historical, contemporary, and future collections of cultural heritage and Indigenous data.

This presentation will give an introduction to the Local Contexts initiative and demonstration of the newly launched Local Contexts Hub. ​​The Local Contexts team will explore the Traditional Knowledge and Biocultural Labels and Notices and the practical implications for Indigenous communities, researchers, and institutions.

Speaker Bios

Dr. Janette Hamilton-Pearce
Janette is from the Te Whānau Ā Āpanui iwi in Aotearoa New Zealand. She is the Local Contexts Programme Lead recognizing the inherent sovereignty that Indigenous communities have over knowledge and data that comes from our lands, territories, airspace and waters. She has a Ph.D. and over 21 years background as an academic in information systems for Indigenous communities. Janette works for Te Kotahi Research Institute at the University of Waikato on the homelands of the Tainui iwi. She specializes in supporting Indigenous communities in managing intellectual and cultural property rights and data within information systems.

Felicia Garcia
Felicia Garcia, a member of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians (Samala Chumash), is the Local Contexts Community Outreach Manager. In her role, she supports Indigenous communities' use of the Traditional Knowledge and Biocultural Labels as well as access to the newly launched Local Contexts Hub. Felicia earned her BA in Psychology at Willamette University and her MA in Museum Studies at New York University. Her master’s thesis focused on the need for Indigenous land acknowledgements in United States museums and led to the development of a guide to land acknowledgements for cultural institutions ( Felicia strives to use her position as a museum professional to carve out space for Indigenous people to tell their own stories so that our communities both see themselves in these spaces and feel seen.

Corrie Roe
Corrie is the Local Contexts Institution Outreach Manager. In her role, she supports staff at collecting and research institutions who are interested in applying Traditional Knowledge and Biocultural Notices, joining the newly launched Local Contexts Hub, and engaging with Indigenous communities about the appropriate use of the TK & BC Labels. She earned a BA in Anthropology from the University of Vermont (2014) and a MA in Museum Studies from New York University (2018). Her roles in cultural and arts institutions in Lenapehoking (New York) have involved project management, community building and support, and collection and exhibition research and management.

REGISTER NOW: In Conversation With - Maïka Sondarjee | May 3, 2022


"How to Integrate Gender and Race Studies in the Classroom"

DATE: Tuesday, May 3, 2022
TIME: 2:00 p.m. (EST)
LOCATION: Livestream


The next installment of In Conversation With, a series of public talks organized by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) in partnership with The Conversation Canada, will feature an interview and live Q and A with Banting postdoctoral fellow and assistant professor Maïka Sondarjee, moderated by Vinita Srivastava, podcast producer at The Conversation Canada.

Maïka Sondarjee is an assistant professor at the School of International Development and Global Studies at the University of Ottawa and recipient of SSHRC’s 2021 Talent Award. She obtained her PhD in political science in 2020 from the University of Toronto, and is already considered an expert in development studies, including issues related to gender, governance and solidarity.

April 06, 2022

SOCIOLOGY COLLOQUIUM | Living on the Edge: An American Generation’s Journey through the Twentieth Century


DATE: April 22, 2022
TIME:  12 noon - 1:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Please email for the Zoom link

Based on lifelong data drawn from the iconic Berkeley Guidance Study, Living on the Edge tells the story of the rarely studied 1900 generation as they navigated a century of revolutionary change. Most surprising is how relevant and relatable the lives and experiences of this generation are today, despite the gap of a century. From the reorganization of marriage and family roles and relationships to strategies for adapting to a dramatically changing economy, the challenges faced by this earlier generation echo our own time. The book offers an intimate glimpse into not just the history of the United States, but the feelings, dreams, and fears of a generation remarkably kindred to the present day.

Dr. Glen H. Elder, Jr. is a prominent figure in the development of life course theory, methods, and research and Dr. Rick Settersten is a specialist in life-course studies, with expertise spanning adolescence, adulthood, and aging. For this colloquium, we have the opportunity to hear them speak briefly about the research that culminated in the book,Living on the Edge, and then have an interactive discussion.

We would love to see you all there! RSVP to for Zoom link.

Contact if you require information in an alternate format, or if any other arrangements can make these events accessible to you.

Previous Page | Next Page



Graduate Community News