Skip to main content
Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Black History Month

February is Black History Month, a time to honour and celebrate the experiences, accomplishments, culture and rich history of Black Canadians. Black History Month also shines a spotlight on efforts to eliminate societal systemic anti-Black racism and provides opportunities to discuss how to advocate for and work toward change. This year, Ontario Tech will celebrate Black History Month by highlighting Black Canadian culture, promoting an awareness of history, demonstrating allyship and providing an open space for conversations.

Ruth Nyaamine, Assistant Vice-President, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging

"Learning about the histories, experiences and perspectives of the Black community, while seeking our own personal and unique ways to demonstrate active allyship, will enable and support Ontario Tech in our pursuit to advance knowledge, propel innovation and most importantly nurture a community of inclusion where we can learn and grow together. Black History Month affords us the opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of those that came before, celebrate the progress made and more critically, empowers us to seek continued progress and advancement of all voices in all spaces.”

- Ruth Nyaamine, Assistant Vice-President, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging

Here's what is happening across campus!

Anti-Racism Toolkit

Anti-Racism Toolkit

View Ridgeback Student Voices articles on allyship and anti-racism.
Allies in Equity

Allies in Equity

Thank you to everyone who came out our basketball tournament!
Basketball tournament

To kick off Black History Month and amplify the importance of allyship in sport, the Ontario Tech Athletics department and Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging hosted a basketball tournament the first weekend of February. The tournament included two action-packed days of competition between high school student-athlete teams, as well as workshops and conversations about how we can improve inclusion in sports.

Varsity basketball games

The Ridgebacks women’s and men’s basketball teams also had games the first weekend of February. Proceeds from those varsity game tickets and donations went toward the Black Athlete Association Bursary for Marginalized Groups bursary fund.

A few games remain this season! Learn more on the Ridgebacks website:

Ontario Tech and Durham College student-athletes panel

Thank you for joining us! 

Office of the Registrar presentation and campus tour

Thank you for joining us!

If you missed this opportunity for a tour but would like to schedule a visit, please visit our campus tours web page.

Student Life

Student Life

Check out our events and programming.
Afternoons with SEE: Black History Month edition

Tuesday, February 27 | 2 to 4 p.m.
Shawenjigewining Hall, Room 210

Students are invited to engage in a painting session inspired by famous artworks of Black artists like Enfant Precoce, Basquiat, Kara Walker, Faith Ringgold, Charles Gaines and Gwendolyn Knight. Students will also have the option to expand their learning with word searches and crosswords related to historical Black figures, achievements and movies. Light refreshments will be provided. 

Alumni highlight: Joe Harry and the Global Black Alliance 

Learn more about alumnus Joe Harry's business, his desire to build a company that is inclusive and centred around the Black experience, and how being a student at Ontario Tech has impacted journey.

View the article

Follow us on social media for more content!
Afrobeats

Afrobeats

Join us for an Afrobeats workshop and dance performance! 

Tuesday, February 13 | 1 to 2:30 p.m. 
Science Building, Founding Deans Atrium

Thank you for joining us! On Tuesday, February 13 our university community came together for an afternoon of dance, food and culture. 

The Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Office served up speciality patties from Patty Gyal in Ajax, Ontario and the Afiwi Groove dance team put on an amazing performance. Then, students, faculty and staff partcipated in a workshop to try out this fun and energetic dance genre themselves! 

Learn more about Afiwi Groove.

Black History Month Digital Exhibit

Black History Month Digital Exhibit

Featuring library collections and resources pertaining to Black History Month.

The theme for Black History Month 2024 is Black Excellence: A Heritage to Celebrate; a Future to Build.

Take a look at resources Ontario Tech librarians have curated which highlight those who used their talents to uplift the race, speak the truth and provide inspiration.

Visit the online exhibit

Ontario Tech Student Union

Ontario Tech Student Union

Check out what your OTSU has planned for Black History Month.
African Student Union Bake Sale 

Thursday, February 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Shawenjigewining Hall, Atrium 

For more information, check out the @asu_onttech Instagram page. 

Caribbean Student Association 

Thursday, February 1 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. | Shawenjigewining Hall, Room 247

Visit the @csa_otu Instagram page for more information!

Black Excellence in Leadership Award

Deadline to apply is Thursday, February 29.

This award recognizes a student who self-identifies as Black or Black and multi-racial who has demonstrated community-building in the Ontario Tech community and made a significant impact on the campus community through a leadership position. To apply to this award you must be a current student enrolled at Ontario Tech University. 

Please note: There is no academic standing requirement.

NOMINATE A BLACK EXCELLENCE LEADER

Digital Black Magazine 

Submission deadline is Thursday, February 29 at 4 p.m.

Complete your submission

Black Student Collective - Brown Table Talk

Friday, February 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. | Shawenjigewining Hall, Room 133

For more information, please visit the Black Student Collectives Instagram page @ot_bsc

Beyond the degree 

Monday, February 12 from 12:30 to 3 p.m. | Fireside Reading Room and Shawenjigewining Hall, Atrium

Join this info session tailored for Black students who are thinking about post graduate routes. The Fireside Reading Room will have a Career Centre presentation covering academic job search, networking and career development. Alumni students will be discussing their route from university to graduate school and the workforce.  The session in Shawenjigewining Hall will focus on practical strategies for managing finances including budgeting and student loan considerations as a Black graduate. Don't miss out!

Caribbean Students Association – Caribbean Cupid Centre

Wednesday, February 14 at 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Shawenjigewining Hall, Atrium

For more information, visit the Caribbean Students Association’s Instagram page @csa_otu.

African Student Union – PainT and Sip

Thursday, February 15 at 7 p.m. | SIRC, Room 1350

Join us for a cultural and history themed event for the month of February. Destress by getting the change to try out a new skill like painting. You'll be able to paint a tote bag and take home your creation afterwards!

PURCHASE YOUR TICKET

AfroGames Lounge

Tuesday, February 27 from 7 to 9 p.m. | Shawenjigewining Hall, Room 131 

Join us for an evening of good games and good vibes! The Afrogames Lounge will feature games from Black-owned companies, such as Black Card Revoked, #CultureTags, Urban Trivia and Lyrically Correct. It’s a place to socialize and get to know other Black-identifying students and allies at Ontario Tech. Everyone is welcome! 

Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune: Black History Month Edition

Thursday, February 29 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. | Shawenjigewining Hall, Room 131

Join us for a night of challenging participants’ understanding of Black history, culture, folklore, traditions, and achievements in a friendly competition for some great prizes! All students are welcome to join in on the laughter and gain a deeper appreciation for the significant contributions of the Black community!

Caribbean Students Association x African Students Union: The Ultimate Fete of the Year 

Friday, March 1 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. | 2200 North

Get additonal event information and purchase your ticket 

Please note: This is a 19+ event. 

Faculty initiatives

Faculty initiatives

Check out the events your faculties are hosting.
Faculty of Business and Information Technology (FBIT)

FBIT is putting a spotlight on Black-owned businesses for the month of February to showcase and bring visibility to the contributions of Black businesses in Durham Region.

For a list of businesses, please contact inclusive@ontariotechu.ca. 

Faculty of Social Science and Humanities (FSSH)

Thank you to everyone who joined us at Regent Theatre on Thursday, February 8 for Placing Africa at the Centre of History featuring guest speakers Dr. Howard French and Dr. Wesley Crichlow. The event celebrated Black History Month with a reception, entertainment and refreshments followed by a discussion from 7 to 8:30 p.m. 

During the disussion, Dr. Howard French, author of Born in Blackness: Africa, Africans and Modernity, and Dr. Wesley Crichlow delved into the historical erasure and unrecognized contributions of Africa in the making of the contemporary world.

What is active allyship, and how can we pursue it?