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Tuesday, Mar. 9, 2021

#DawsonProud, Book/article/video recommendation, Homepage news

Dawson student stars in Rustic Oracle

Cinema | Communications student McKenzie Deer Robinson had been interested in acting since she was a kid.

“I was always too shy,” she recalled in an interview with the Communications Office. When she was 16 years old, her mother noticed a call for auditions at the local bank in Kahnawake. “We both thought that maybe this would be my opportunity to try it,” she said.

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From the Director General, In the news/in social media

Message from the Director General

Dear colleagues,

This Thursday will mark one year since the global pandemic was declared. A few days later, our work life was radically transformed.

Over the past year, I have been impressed by your resourcefulness and dedication despite enormous challenges. Dawson has risen to the occasion and once again proved to be a community of caring individuals who put the interests of students at the heart of its preoccupations.

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Homepage news, Student Services, Well-being for all

Peer mentor program continues to support new students

In September of 2020, Dawson’s COVID-19 Steering Committee approved the creation of a student peer mentoring initiative. The plan was to assemble and train a team of second- and third-year students who would mentor new students adjusting to the remote learning environment.

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Events, Faculty Hub, Peace Centre

Upcoming Peace Centre events

For any questions related to the upcoming events please feel free to contact Diana Rice, 

March 18 at 10 a.m.: Is the Sun Setting on Western Epistemologies? Nisha Toomey, University of Toronto, OISE will discuss how we can and should challenge the western canon and thought in educational institutions as a meaningful way to engage with decolonization. Open to Faculty & Staff Click here for more information 

March 25 at 2 p.m.: SESSION II: CURATING AND CONTEXTUALIZING CONTENTIOUS CLASSROOM MATERIALS AND CHALLENGING CONVERSATIONS with Shana Haines, David Austin and Sabrina Jafralie. Click here for more information.  Open to Faculty & Staff.

March 30 at 2:30 p.m.: Immigrant Settler Responsibilities to Indigenous Peoples in the time of reconciliation, with Deanna del Vecchio (University of Toronto), Nisha Toomey, (University of Toronto, OISE) and Jade Ho (Simon Fraser University) Open to Students, Faculty & Staff. Click here for Zoom link.

March 31 at 1 p.m.: Poetry & the Art of Black Resistance, with Shanice Nicole, Faith Pare, Lindsay Young and moderated by Deanna Smith.  Beginning with a recitation of their works Shanice, Lindsay and Faith will showcase their poetic talents. Following this, Deana Smith will moderate a discussion on the need for inclusion of Black authors and artists as a part of the western artistic & literary canon and how the art is a means of resilience & resistance. Click here for Zoom link  Open to all.

April 6 at 5:30 pm: Leanne  Betasamosake Simpson, scholar, author, activist & artist extraordinaire join us as the final speaker in the Indigenous Climate Justice speaker series  (JAC, Kativik School Board and Dawson Peace Centre).  This series seeks to launch an ongoing discussion around climate injustice. Focusing on Indigenous climate action and pursuits of justice leads us to re-imagine how we conceive of, envision, and tackle the climate crisis. For the link to this speaker talk, please visit :, it will be provided on this site starting 2 weeks before the talk. For any questions, please contact Diana Rice, . Open to all.

Ivan Freud will be offering meditation sessions on Wednesdays from 12:30 – 1 p.m.!
Here is the link to Ivan's Wednesday meditation sessions:

Campus Life, Events

International Day of Mathematics March 12

We will celebrate the 2021 International Day of Mathematics this Friday, March 12 from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join!


  • 3 p.m.-3:45 p.m.

On A Mathematical Game and Randomness - Professor Shahab Shahabi

  • 3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Mystery of Who Invented Calculus - Professor Andreea Panait

  • 4:30 p.m.-5 p.m.

3.14 Concepts in AI Algorithms - Professor Garry Chu

Zoom link:

Student Services, Well-being for all

Using the power of storytelling to support student mental health

The Counselling team of Student Services hosted an arts-based workshop on Feb. 25 to provide a safe space for Dawson College students to connect with each other, share stories and learn about resources to support mental health during this time of isolation. About 45 students attended the workshop entitled Movies for Mental Health, presented by…

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#DawsonProud, Book/article/video recommendation, Dawson Research, Decolonization, In the news/in social media

Recommended video and media coverage of FPPSE storytelling project

"Just Beyond My Front Door" was filmed and directed by Kanerahtens Bush. Kanerahtens is a former Dawson Journeys student and played on the Dawson Blues Lacrosse team. He made the film during a First Peoples’ Post-Secondary Storytelling Exchange (FPPSE) project  film workshop to show what his commute looks like from a corner of Kahnawake into Dawson College. The film workshop was held at Dawson and the Kahnawake Library in collaboration with Our World. His film has been shown at education events and festivals including ImagiNATIVE.

Click Read More to see some recent media coverage of the FPPSE project.

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In the news/in social media, Sustainability, Well-being for all

March 19 is a global day for climate action

Events are being planned all over Quebec, Canada and the world on March 19, an international day for climate action.

Dawson's Green Earth Club wanted to let the Dawson community know that there's a protest being planned in Montreal by local climate and social justice groups:

The Green Earth Club created this video to invite the Dawson community to get involved.

Dawson Professional Theatre, Events

Professional Theatre presents Harper Reagan

"If you go, I don't think you should come back."

On a startlingly bright autumn night in 2006, Harper Regan walked away from her home, her husband and daughter, and kept walking. She told nobody that she was going. She told nobody where she was going. She put everything she ever built at risk. For two lost days and nights, until it looked as though her entire life might unravel, she didn't turn back. From Uxbridge to Stockport to Manchester and back again, Harper Regan navigates the UK, exploring family, love and delusion.

Second-year students of the Professional Theatre Department perform in Harper Regan. The show will be livestreamed March 10 - 13 at 8 p.m.

Links will be posted on each day of the performance on the Facebook page entitled Dawson Theatre Productions, in the Read More link.

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DawsonAI, Events, Faculty Hub

Concepts in AI Algorithms March 12

Our colleague Garry Chu, who teaches Mathematics, will give a talk entitled “Concepts in AI Algorithms” March 12 from 4:30 PM to 5 p.m..

We are all invited to attend.

Zoom link:

Abstract: Do you know how machines sort emails? Can Toffoli score in his next NHL game? Is there any ethical issue in AI algorithms? We will explore these AI concepts together in this talk.


News from the Feb. 23 Board meeting

The last meeting of the Board of Governors of Dawson College took place Feb. 23. The selection process for the new Academic Dean was approved and the Sustainability Report was presented. Click Read More for the full news piece.

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Faculty Hub, Human Resources

New Faculty Orientation March 17

The next New Faculty Orientation will take place on March 17 from 1 - 4 p.m. Please RSVP by March 10.

Link to register and more information in the Read More link.

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#DawsonProud, In the news/in social media, Sustainability, Well-being for all

Sustainable Happiness in the news

The Sustainable Happiness course was featured in a French article in the March 8 e-newsletter Infolettre Réseau Collégial. Chris Adam (Sustainability) and Selma Hamdani (Faculty, Psychology) were interviewed.

Click Read More to go to the story.

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#DawsonProud, In the news/in social media

Two Black Changemakers connected to Dawson

Two of the people honoured last month as Black Changemakers by CBC Quebec are connected to Dawson.

Division 1 Women’s Basketball coach Trevor Williams was featured Feb. 23:

Dawson graduate Denburk Reid (Class of 2000, Marketing and Management Technology) was featured Feb. 10:

Perks for Dawson Employees, Sustainability, Well-being for all

Last three days of Wellness Weeks

There are still three more days to participate in free and exclusive lunchtime activities for Dawson employees during Week 4 of Wellness Weeks also known as the 1249 Club.

Click Read More to see the schedule and other info.

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Faculty Hub

Over at the Faculty Hub

Several pedagogical development events will be offered during the Dawson study break.

Visit the Faculty Hub website for the complete schedule!


Senate documents available

Senate documents for the upcoming meeting on March 16 are now available on SharePoint.

To access the documents, employees must log onto SharePoint through the My Dawson Portal (Omnivox) and then select Governance, Dawson Senate. Under “Meeting Documents,” select the current year to view the list of meetings and their associated documents. Likewise, to view the schedule of meetings, under “Meeting Schedule,” select the current year.

Readers must bear in mind that most of the documents that are considered by the Senate are in draft form. Program revision and development documents as well as institutional policies such as ISEP and IPEP are not final until they have been approved by the Board of Governors.


Virtual farewell to Judy De Four March 19

Judy De Four of the AEC Office will be retiring after almost five decades of service.

Please click Read More to see an invitation from Maeve Muldowney to a virtual farewell on March 19.

Read More - Virtual farewell to Judy De Four March 19

Dawson Gives, In the news/in social media, Well-being for all

In solidarity with women for IWD

On March 8, International Women's Day was marked around the world.

At Dawson College, the day is usually celebrated with special gatherings, sales to raise funds for women's causes and more. Yesterday, the Association of Dawson Professionals (ADP) and the Dawson Support Staff Union (DSSU) made donations. In honour of IWD, the ADP gave a donation to the Native Women's Shelter of Montreal and the DSSU made a donation to Chez Doris.

The Dawson Teachers Union, the ADP and the DSSU invited members to use a special Zoom background to show support for women in the community.

Well-being for all

World of Images Intercollegiate Photo Contest: enter by March 10

The CCDMD’s tenth World of Images Intercollegiate Photo Contest is open to students and all employees of the CEGEP network. Since 2012, more than 15,000 photographs have been submitted by more than 2,700 CEGEP students.

For this 10th edition, $3,000 in grants will be awarded. Files must be uploaded in maximum resolution and submitted for approval directly through the World of Images website by March 10, 2021. Each participant can submit up to 10 photographs. The results will be announced in April 2021.

For further details about the contest rules or to see the participants’ photo albums, please go to


DawsonITE Newsletter # 503

DawsonITE is your weekly curated news related to IT and Education prepared by Dawson's Rafael Scapin. In this issue:

• Stanford study into “Zoom Fatigue” explains why video chats are so tiring

• 7 Top Tools To Help Record Your Lessons For Remote Teaching

• The Future Includes Human Teachers

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