Western’s vice-president of researchand international relations since2005. Hewitt is a sociology professorwith a specialty in Latin Americanstudies.
Former MPP and current AttorneyGeneral of Ontario. Bentley is a crim-inal and labour lawyer who hashelped to provide high quality legalassistance for low-income clients.
A combination of biologist andanthropologist, Davis is consideredto be one of the most knowledge-able and influential advocates forindigenous cultures.
An environmental journalist with afocus on changes in Earth’s life-sup-port systems, she has written numer-ous books, as well as newspaper andjournal articles on environmentalconcerns.
Western’s research chair in cognitiveneuroscience and imaging, Owenhas pioneered breakthroughs in cog-nitive neuroscience and residualbrain function after injury.
Renowned poet, musician and free-lance journalist, Keteku uses his work in various media outlets to promotepeace, action and critical thought.
The entire speaker list can be viewed at tedxuwo.com.
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Speaker event focuseson being out at work
The Student Success Centre is team-ing up with PrideWestern in an eventto educate the queer communityabout being in the workforce.The event, titled “Out in theOffice: Being Queer in Your Career,”will be held March 16 throughout theday. It will feature several presenta-tions about the challenges facingthose who are open about their sex-ual and gender identification in theworkplace.The event started as an opportu-nity for the SSC to explore how itcould be more inclusive to queer stu-dents, which is why it teamed up withPrideWestern for the seminar. It’s thefirst time the group has done a pro-fessional development event, accord-ing to Johnathan Sawicki, finance co–ordinator for PrideWestern.The keynote speaker will beMichael Bach, the national directorof diversity, equity and inclusion forthe Canadian branch of one of thelargest professional services firms inthe world KPMG. Bach said hehopes to offer queer individualsadvice based on his experience as anout employee.“We certainly hear a lot from stu-dents about ‘Should I be out?’ or ‘CanI be out?’” Bach said. “And you’dthink in 2011 that those questionswould be ones we didn’t need to askanymore, but it is and I think that’simportant.”Bach said openly queer individu-als face different challenges in theworkplace than they used to. “I thinkthat the majority or homophobia hasgone underground so that no onewill say to your face, ‘I’m not hiringany gays.’ You have to ask yourself whether or not there is an underly-ing bias at play when you’re apply-ing for a job or at your employment.”The seminar will focus on dis-crimination. “Probably the biggestthing that LGBT individuals face inthe office is the heteronomartivity,the assumption that everybody isstraight,” said Michelle Boyce, theprofessional trainer for the London-based group Diversity Training Live.“Even in an accepting office, whereeveryone is okay if someone isLGBT, the language that they use ona day-to-day basis excludes.”She noted this happens both inan official and unofficial capacity.“Even accepting people in the officesay things like, ‘All of our husbandsare going out, does yours want tocome?’ It’s not that they’re beinghurtful; it’s the language and theassumptions.”While the conference is meant toadvise individuals on being out inthe work place, Boyce also believedthat businesses must be educated onhow to ensure that all individualsfeel comfortable in the office.“When you’re in an office tryingto cope with having an LGBT indi-vidual in the workplace […] bothsides have to take steps to make thatwork,” Boyce said.Likewise, Bach said the mostimportant message of the event isthat everyone should be allowed tofeel comfortable in the workplace.“I’m a big proponent of being outin the workplace. I think that if I goto work for an employer that wouldnot be okay with me being out in theworkplace, do I really want to workfor that person?
Western students entice TED Talks to London
Popular conference makesfirst appearance in London
London will play host this weekendto its very own independent TEDTalk.The conferences occur all overthe world with the goal of spreadingimportant knowledge and ideas.TED Talks are uploaded to the inter-net and are free for all to view.On March 12, some of the area’sbest and brightest will congregate atThe Grand Theatre to speak abouttheir specific fields for TEDxUWO,an independent version of the TEDconference, which has been entirelyorganized by Western students.Many of the people involved inbringing TEDx to London are confi-dent London is an appropriate placefor the younger version of the well-known speaker series.“London is a huge area forgrowth and innovation,” said Sabri-na Nurmohamed, who was involvedin gathering student support forTEDxUWO.“London is a great intersection of academia, industry and non-profit,so it’s a great place to hold this kindof conference that has such a broadrange of interest.”Speakers at TEDxUWO will rangefrom national figures, such as Attor-ney General Chris Bentley, to peoplemore intimately connected with theWestern such as Ted Hewitt, vice-president research and internation-al relations for the university.The Grand Theatre seats over800, only 200 pre-approved atten-dees will be in attendance.“An important part of our day isthe conversation period, where thespeakers mingle with the audience.It’s very much one integrated day,and that’s not really feasible if you’vegot 800 people in attendance,” ArjunGupta, co-chair of the student com-mittee responsible for organizingTEDxUWO, said.“We’re not trying to be elitist oranything.”Fortunately for the majority of students, the organizers of the eventare making efforts to ensure TEDx-UWO is accessible to a far largerdemographic than just those inattendance.“This about so much more thanjust the people in the room. We’rerecording the talks for post-produc-tion, we’re live streaming the eventwith a full video crew on a bunch of different websites and we’re provid-ing satellite feeds to a number of dif-ferent locations on campus,” CraigHunter, event co-ordinator of thecommittee, explained.Live feeds will be available at TheSpoke, Perth Hall and Huron Col-lege, with more to potentially follow.The City of London’s website, the
London Free Press
will also stream the conference.“We also have live Twitter feedsrunning our TEDx hashtag, so peo-ple can follow along and ask ques-tions through social media as well,”Hunter added.TEDxUWO is being funded by anumber of different sourcesthroughout the London communi-ty, including the University Stu-dents’ Council. According to USCpresident Mike Tithecott, $6,000worth of funding for TEDxUWO iscoming from the USC. Another$6,000 of funding is coming fromthe Student Legacy Challenge thepool of unclaimed bus refundcheques set aside for approved stu-dent projects.“We thought this was an appro-priate use of the Student LegacyChallenge money due to the fact thatthis is an event organized by West-ern students, affecting all Westernstudents and because of how grandof an event this whole thing is,” PatSearle, senator-at-large for the USC,said.“On the whole, this is an impor-tant event in which all students canbe engaged if they want to be, so it’sa great use of the money.”
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Some professors at Western show their support or identification with the queer community byusing a rainbow triangle. Being openly gay at the workplace is the subject of an upcoming event by PrideWestern.
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