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AU academics featured on Black History Month panel

By: Bryan Alary

Dr. Veronica Fynn Bruey and Dr. Chika C. Daniels discuss Black history, racism, equity, diversity and inclusion, and more on Real Talk with Ryan Jespersen

Two well-respected Athabasca University (AU) academics—and Black women—joined Real Talk with Ryan Jespersen for a special Black History Month panel.

Dr. Veronica Fynn Bruey and Dr. Chika C. Daniels shared their perspectives on Black history and culture, their experiences with racism as immigrants to Canada, and issues such as equity, diversity, and inclusion, during the 45-minute conversation on the popular Alberta podcast.

They also reflected on the importance of learning about Black history and cultures year-round.

“Honestly, we all want the same thing: to be happy, to be accepted, to be respected. If you can’t see that because your skin colour is white or whatever colour you want to define it as, you have a serious problem.”

– Dr. Veronica Fynn Bruey, assistant professor, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Fynn Bruey holds six degrees from four continents and has more than 25 years of research experience in 30 countries. She identifies as an Indigenous Liberian war survivor and a migrant to Canada.

Daniels, who teaches at AU and the University of Calgary and has two decades of experience in the architecture, business and finance, and community development sectors, said there’s quite a bit of fanfare about Black history during Black History Month. Unfortunately, that attention goes away after February, she said.

“Black history is not just in February. It’s in February and forever. It needs that aspect of longevity.”

– Dr. Chika Daniels, academic expert, Faculty of Science and Technology

Watch the Black History Month discussion

Listen to the episode

You can also listen to the podcast episode on Apple, Spotify, and more.

Learn more about Black culture and history

Athabasca University’s Library and Scholarly Resources has provided a selection of materials that pay homage to Black history and honour the Black legacy in our world.

Check out the Black History Month resources

  • February 16, 2024
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Bryan Alary