Hadiya Roderique pushes the power of diversity and inclusion in the workplace as part of the University of Regina’s You Belong Here speaker series

Media Advisory Release Date: February 11, 2020 1:15 p.m.

As a young, black woman working as a lawyer in Toronto in 2017, Hadiya Roderique delivered her first wake-up call to corporate Canada in the form of her Globe & Mail feature essay, “Black on Bay Street.” Roderique’s opinion piece sparked discussions in boardrooms across Canada and she has continued making those wake-up calls ever since.

On Thursday, February 13, as part of our You Belong Here campaign, the University of Regina will host Hadiya Roderique at a free event open to the entire community. In her thought-provoking talks, she discusses barriers and challenges to diversity and inclusion, and counters those common arguments to show the power of a diverse and inclusive workplace.

 “Like so many organizations and institutions, the University of Regina has work to do in developing a truly diverse and inclusive workplace,” says President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Vianne Timmons. “Our University is not just a reflection of who we are, but who we want to be; and the University of Regina wants to reflect a diversity of people, ideas, opinions and perspectives.” 

The event will also feature University of Regina doctoral student and recipient of a 2019 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, Merelda Fiddler-Potter. Fiddler-Potter is a former CBC journalist whose research project is an exploration of mainstream media’s role in reconciliation in Canada. She will moderate a question and answer session with Roderique.

This speaker series is part of the University’s You Belong Here, Racism Doesn’t campaign which reinforces the message that our campus is a welcoming and inclusive place for all.

Thursday’s presentation is open to students, faculty, staff and members of the community. Media are invited to attend. Limited portions of Roderique’s presentation and the Q&A can be recorded. She will also be available for brief interviews following the presentation. Arrangements can also be made for interviews with Roderique in advance of the event via the listed media contact.

When: Thursday, February 13 at 7:00 p.m.

Where: Education Auditorium – located in the Education Building on the University’s Main Campus.
Public parking will be available in Lots 7 and 8. Building and parking information can be found here.


About Hadiya Roderique:

A graduate of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law, Roderique is a researcher, consultant, broadcast commentator, and former podcast host. An award-winning writer, she has bylines in the Globe and Mail, The Walrus, The National Post, This Magazine, and Elle. She also holds an M.A. in Criminology, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Organizational Behaviour and Resources Management at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. As a researcher, she broadly examines how race, gender, and parenthood shape perceptions and relationships in the workplace.

In 2018, Hadiya was named one of Canadian Lawyers’ 25 Most Influential Lawyers, and she was recognized with the Rising Star award from the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers.

About The University of Regina:

The University of Regina—with campuses located on Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 territories, the ancestral lands of the Cree, Saulteaux, Dakota, Lakota and Nakoda nations and the homeland of the Métis—is a comprehensive, mid-sized university that traces its roots back to the creation of Regina College in 1911. Today, more than 16,500 students study within the University's 10 faculties, 25 academic departments/schools, 18 research centres and institutes, and three federated colleges (Campion College, First Nations University of Canada, and Luther College). The University of Regina has an established reputation for excellence and innovative programs that lead to undergraduate, master, and doctoral degrees.


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