Panel Discussion: Equity and Inclusion in Internationalization


Arig al Shaibah

Associate Vice-President, Equity and Inclusion
McMaster University

Dr. Arig al Shaibah is McMaster’s inaugural Associate Vice-President, Equity and Inclusion. In addition to overseeing the Equity and Inclusion Office, she is currently responsible for championing inclusive excellence and leading the development and implementation of institution-wide strategic equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) priorities at McMaster.

Arig has worked in higher education for over 20 years, bringing EDI principles and practices to bear in all of her accountabilities. Prior to arriving at McMaster, Arig held the roles of Vice-Provost (Student Affairs) and Acting Executive Director (Human Rights & Equity) at Dalhousie University, and, before that, Assistant Dean (Student Life and Learning) at Queen’s University.

Arig holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration and a PhD in Education (Cultural and Policy Studies). Her doctoral research involved a study of the perspectives of senior-most administrators with respect to the barriers to and enablers of equity in higher education.

Arig is an interdisciplinary EDI scholar-practitioner and administrator who has held active teaching appointments in Interdisciplinary Studies, Gender Studies, Public Administration, and Sociology, and she has been actively engaged in EDI action research to elevate the efficacy of her various EDI leadership practice. Her areas of academic and professional interest are intergroup relations, race and racism, social inequality, as well as questions of how to foster inclusive leadership and mobilize organizational EDI change.

Arig currently sits on several EDI Advisory Committees at the local, provincial, and national levels. More information on her work to advance EDI at McMaster can be found below.

Yasmin Razack

Director of Global Citizenship Education & Inclusion
Centennial College

Currently Yasmin Razack is the Director of Global Citizenship Education and Inclusion at Centennial College. She works with a team to strategically lead the integration of principles and practices for a college community that reflects the valuing of global citizenship, social justice, and equity and inclusion. Yasmin has worked at several other post-secondary institutions including University of Toronto, Seneca College and York University. She was also the Program Director for the Harmony Movement, a non-profit organization that works to develop youth as active agents for positive social change and most recently founded her own business named Limitless Women, where she works with for women of diverse backgrounds to discover their limitless potential in all aspects of life through coaching. She has obtained her Master’s of Education, a Professional and Personal Coaching Certificate and is currently working towards her Masters Certificate on Adult Training and Development.

Elizabeth Buckner

Assistant Professor, OISE
University of Toronto

Elizabeth Buckner is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. Her research examines how global trends affect higher education policies, practices, and students. Her major research projects focus on internationalization, privatization and sustainable development. She is currently the Principal Investigator on two major research grants from SSHRC, including a 4-year Insight Grant and a 3-year Partnership Development Grant examining how COVID is affecting universities’ internationalization efforts. Her book, Degrees of Dignity: Arab Higher Education in the Global Era, is forthcoming from the University of Toronto Press this summer. She has published dozens of articles in journals such as: The Sociology of Education, Comparative Education Review, and Higher Education. Dr. Buckner holds a PhD in International and Comparative Education from Stanford University. Previously, she taught at Columbia University, and is a former Fulbright Fellow to Morocco.

Alyssa Lai

Communications Consultant, Former Civic Action Diverse City Fellow
International Student Alumni

Alyssa Lai is a cross-sectoral communications professional who’s worked in nonprofit, public and private sectors to lead end-to-end communications strategy and planning. Working for a national insurance and financial services organization, Alyssa manages internal communications strategies for the organization’s key strategic priorities. As a former Civic Action Diverse City Fellow, she strives to create and make space for new and underrepresented voices to exercise leadership.

Since arriving to Canada in 2008, Alyssa has worked and volunteered for more than 15 non-profits. She continues to provide strategic counsel as a board member for YMCA of Hamilton, Burlington and Brantford, Telling Tales and Good Shepherd Centres. Alyssa was awarded Top 40 Under Forty Business Achievement, YWCA Hamilton Woman of Distinction in Public Affairs and McMaster University’s Hamilton Community Impact.

Bonny Ibhawoh

Senator William Chair in Global Human Rights and Director
Centre for Human Rights and Restorative Justice
McMaster University

Bonny Ibhawoh (M.A. Ibadan; Ph.D Dalhousie) teaches Human Rights History and African History in the Department of History and the Centre for Peace Studies. He also teaches in the McMaster Arts & Science Program and the Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition. He is the Director of the McMaster Centre for Human Rights and Restorative Justice. He has taught in universities in Africa, Europe and North America. Previously, he was professor at Brock University, Canada; professor in the Department of Political Science at University of North Carolina at Asheville; Human Rights Fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics and International Affairs, New York; Research Fellow at the Danish Institute for Human Rights, Copenhagen and Associate Member of the Centre for African Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. He was Visiting Professor of Human Rights at The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, University of Texas at Austin. He has also taught at Ambrose Alli University, Covenant University, and the University of Lagos. Dr Ibhawoh currently chairs the United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Right to Development.

His research interests are global human rights, peace/conflict studies, legal and imperial history. His articles on these themes have appeared in historical and interdisciplinary journals – Human Rights Quarterly, The Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights, the Journal of Global History, and Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology (Journal of the American Psychological Association).

He is the author of Human Rights in Africa (Cambridge University Press, 2018); Imperial Justice (Oxford University Press, 2013) and Imperialism and Human Rights (SUNY Press, 2007) [named Choice Outstanding Academic Title]. Dr Ibhawoh is member of the College of New Scholars of the Royal Society of Canada, a recipient of the McMaster Student Union Teaching Award and the Nelson Mandela Distinguished Africanist Award.

Anver Saloojee

Professor and former Assistant Vice President, International
Ryerson University

Dr. Anver Saloojee provides university-wide strategic direction to Ryerson’s international activities and guides Ryerson’s evolution into a global urban university.

Dr. Saloojee had led the development of the first law school here at Ryerson University as the Dean of Record. Ryerson Law School will be the first new law school in Toronto since 1949 and opened its door to students in fall of 2020.

A member of the Ryerson community for almost 30 years as sessional instructor, lecturer and professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration, Anver has earned a number of awards including Ryerson Professor of the Year and the Alan Shepard Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Award. In 2005, he took on the role as special advisor to the presidency of the Government of South Africa, returning to Ryerson in 2008 and in 2014 was named special advisor to Ryerson’s President and Provost.

Anver has an extensive record of service including a number of roles at the Canadian Association of University Teachers including vice-president as well as chair, equity committee. He has also served as president, Ryerson Faculty Association; president, Laidlaw Foundation; and president, Community Planning Council of Toronto. Currently, Anver is serving as co-chair on the Presidential Implementation Committee to Confront Anti-Black Racism.