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Laurier Brantford’s annual Social Justice Forum is where the campus community, the local community and external activists come together. This two-day forum features a free public lecture by an experienced activist and/or researcher from outside Laurier who is doing work in the broad area of social justice. As part of the forum, interactive workshops are held to compliment the key note speaker's area of expertise.

Planning is led by Laurier’s Social Justice and Community Engagement program who receive support from the Faculty of Liberal Arts as well as national and community organizations, including:

  • Sexual Assault Centre of Brant;
  • Brant Response Against Violence Everywhere (BRAVE);
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research;
  • Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada;
  • Laurier Brantford Grants Program; and
  • Women’s Faculty Colleague (Brantford).

Past Events


At the third annual Social Justice Forum in September 2016, Mapuche educator, advocate and activist Silvia Ancan Painemilla gave a talk titled, “Indigenous Sovereignty and Solidarity: Taking Action for Indigenous Sovereignty, Standing in Solidarity with Indigenous Communities.” Two interactive workshops were also held about Indigenous sovereignty and solidarity.


At the second annual Social Justice Forum in September 2015, Vancouver-based activist, therapist and professor Vikki Reynolds gave a talk titled, “Social justice activism and community work: Tensions, points of connection and hopeful scepticism.” In addition, Reynolds facilitated a full-day professional development workshop that addressed matters of concern for those who work with people experiencing poverty, violence and oppression.

At the inaugural Social Justice Forum in February 2015, scholar-activist Aziz Choudry of McGill University gave a talk titled, “Rethinking research for social change: What can we learn from activist research practice.” Choudry facilitated a graduate student and faculty workshop and met with student organizations that focus on social justice issues on campus.

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Where to Find Us

The Faculty of Liberal Arts is located on the second floor of the East Wing of the Research and Academic Centre, Brantford (corner of Dalhousie and Charlotte streets).


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