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Tuesday, May. 4, 2021

#DawsonProud, Academic News, Dawson Grads, Dawson Talent, Events, Homepage news

Vernissage Season 2021 begins May 26

One of the beloved springtime traditions at Dawson College is Vernissage Season when the graduating students exhibit their work to the Dawson community, alumni, industry players and potential employers.

Click Read More for all the dates and find out what's new this year.

Read More - Vernissage Season 2021 begins May 26

#DawsonProud, Awards Office, Dawson Blues, Homepage news, In the news/in social media

Dawson Blue, volunteer & activist Niice Gédéon receives Lieutenant Governor of Quebec’s Youth Medal

Maintaining high grades while playing for the Dawson Blues Division 1 women’s basketball team is an achievement that would make many students very proud. Dawson General Social Science student Niice Gédéon achieved that and much more and is now one of two Dawson students to be awarded the Lieutenant Governor of Quebec’s Youth Medal.

Click Read More for the homepage news story, which features an interview.

Read More - Dawson Blue, volunteer & activist Niice Gédéon receives Lieutenant Governor of Quebec’s Youth Medal

#DawsonProud, Awards Office, Homepage news, In the news/in social media

Hard-working student committed to social justice awarded Lieutenant Governor of Quebec’s Youth Medal

Within her first month of arriving at Dawson College, Enriched Health Science student Sara Boubekri had become a class representative and was recruiting students to join her efforts to support education for girls in developing countries.

Click Read More for the homepage news story, which features an interview.

Read More - Hard-working student committed to social justice awarded Lieutenant Governor of Quebec’s Youth Medal

#DawsonProud, Academic News, Dawson Talent, Homepage news, Sustainability, Well-being for all

Illustration students capture flight of migratory birds

The Illustration Program, the Sustainability Office and Taking Root Inc. collaborated on a project to capture key events of the migratory flight of two species of native Quebec birds from urban forests near Dawson College to the newly replanted forests of Nicaragua.

Click Read More to see the illustrations and for more about the project.

Read More - Illustration students capture flight of migratory birds

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

Dawson’s achievement to be Carbon Neutral Forever recognized by CRE-Montréal

The Carbon Neutral Forever commitment of Dawson College won an award as a réalisation championne at the Conseil régional de l’environnement de Montréal (CRE-Montréal) Gala on April 29.

Click Read More for the homepage news story.

Read More - Dawson’s achievement to be Carbon Neutral Forever recognized by CRE-Montréal

Dawson Grads, Events, Faculty Hub, Homepage news, Peace Centre, Sustainability, Well-being for all

Keynote Earth Week talk addressed struggles for environmental justice in Indigenous and Black communities

Earth Week organizers were able to take advantage of our current online reality by virtually bringing in Keynote Speaker Dr. Ingrid Waldron of Dalhousie University, who is also a graduate of Dawson (Class of 1983, Social Science).

Click Read More for the report prepared by Diana Rice of the Peace Centre and the Office of Academic Development.

Read More - Keynote Earth Week talk addressed struggles for environmental justice in Indigenous and Black communities

Faculty Hub, Human Resources, Well-being for all, Workshops

Exercising our equity muscles

Dawson College opened what Dr. Sabrina Jafralie called a “brave space for courageous conversations” when the educator and McGill University lecturer spoke virtually at Dawson College on the topic of anti-racism on April 28.

Click Read More for a report on the event sponsored by the Human Resources Department and links to resources.

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Dawson Research, Decolonization, Faculty Hub, Well-being for all

Learn from Inuit Elders Lizzie Irniq & Mary Kiatainaq

Lizzie Irniq and the late Mary Kiatainaq of Kangisujuaq, Nunavik share stories of life on the land, the brilliance of dog teams and their experiences learning and teaching for the First Peoples Post-secondary Storytelling Exchange.

Watch their video! (scroll down the page to find it)

Academic News, Events

Liberal Arts students stage “Philosophy Play” May 14

Never ones to be daunted by a pandemic, a group of Liberal Arts students have been busy this past year writing and rehearsing a Zoom version of the annual "philosophy play."  The result is an uproarious comedy called B.A.B.O.O.N., set to premiere on YouTube at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 14.

Using utilitarian algorithms, an AI called BABOON (Beneficent Analytics Behavioural Optimization and Operationalization Network) has determined that a worldwide COVID lockdown will be made permanent. In order to address discontent with its decision, BABOON has convened a townhall meeting of "luminaries" from various areas of expertise. Hilarity ensues... until the discovery of a paradox in BABOON's programming leads to a dark and cataclysmic turn.

For a preview:

Dawson Remembers, Milestones

In memoriam Gordon Peffer

Gordon Peffer passed away recently and peacefully.

Gordon was among the first cohort of teachers hired by the College before opening day in September 1969. He was an English teacher and co-founded Reflections with Marie Crossen. Gordon retired in February 2002.

Click Read More for his obituary.

Read More - In memoriam Gordon Peffer

Human Resources

Help us recruit occasionals

Dawson College is seeking to replenish its occasionals pool, especially in the lead up to the final exam period.

Please help spread the word to people in your network who may be interested in casual employment.

Click Read More for the job posting, which is shareable.

Read More - Help us recruit occasionals

Events, Sustainability, Well-being for all

Earth Week report

The Sustainability Office, in collaboration with departments at Dawson, enjoyed hosting two weeks of Earth Week events from April 19-30, 2021.

Events included:

  • Spring beehive opening
  • Climate action panel
  • Environmental racism
  • Eco-anxiety short plays
  • Well-being hobbies
  • Bike workshop
  • Illustration project showcase
  • Dawson hidden world tour
  • and many more!

Although our in-person plans had to be adapted, we were still able to touch on all 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Our 20 presentations and events attracted close to 400 participants both within the Dawson community and externally.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions we could not have gatherings, therefore, Sustainability Office staff and interns planted 300+ vegetable and herb seedlings and recorded the Spring beehive opening.

We want to thank the Earth Week planning committee, Dawson faculty, support staff and students who led activities throughout the weeks. Although Earth Week is done, we encourage everyone to continue the conversations and raising awareness on all the issues discussed.

Please support our local eco-friendly vendors by shopping here!

You can also purchase donated student Artwork:

All funds raised will go towards the Peace Garden fund of the Dawson College Foundation.

Both links will be accessible throughout the month of May - great ideas for Mother’s Day gifts!

Submitted by Jennifer de Vera of the Sustainability Office. 

Decolonization, Events, Student Services

Highlights of First Peoples Week 2021

First Peoples’ Week, the annual celebration of Indigenous peoples’ histories and cultures, returned to Dawson College after being pre-empted by the initial COVID-19 lockdown. The weeklong event took place March 29 to April 1 and featured a great selection of Indigenous knowledge keepers, representing many of the various Indigenous peoples in Quebec.

Event organizers included The First Peoples’ Centre, Campus Life and Leadership, The Decolonization and Indigenization Studies Certificate, and the Dawson Peace Centre. This year’s edition was hosted virtually. While it was different from previous years; it was no less of a success.

There were 16 activities in total, ranging from traditional knowledge sharing, painting, musical performances, and a comedy show featuring Dawson graduate Tai Leclaire, who has recently made his television-writing debut on the Peacock network sitcom Rutherford Falls.

Other highlights include a presentation from Aronhiaies Herne from Akwesasne, Mohawk Territory, on the ceremony cycle of the Haudenosaunee peoples. In addition, an Indigenous Fashion and Arts Roundtable was held featuring Anishnabe artist Cedar-Eve and Eeyou Elder Joanie Saganash. The round table was moderated by Metis-Salteaux artist Dayna Danger.

Student and faculty participation exceeded expectations, thanks in no small part to faculty who welcomed virtual presentations into their classes. The number of attendees was similar to what we would’ve expected if we were able to be in person. There was excellent student participation as well, which is what makes the programming worth the hard work.

Submitted by Tiawenti:non Canadian, Coordinator of the First Peoples’ Centre, Student Services

DawsonAI, Faculty Hub, Workshops

DawsonAI presents 2-part workshop on intelligent tutoring systems May 7

The DALC, DawsonAI, and Korbit Technologies invite the entire Dawson community to a talk by the CEO of Korbit Technologies (Iulian Serban), followed by a hands-on interactive workshop on the theme of intelligent tutoring systems.

Click Read More for all the details.

Read More - DawsonAI presents 2-part workshop on intelligent tutoring systems May 7

Sustainability, Well-being for all

John F. Kennedy High School partnering with Dawson to be a Living School

John F. Kennedy High School has just signed an agreement with the Sustainability Office at Dawson College to be a Living School.

A number of schools have already adopted the Living School approach with Dawson and this is the first school in the English Montreal School Board.

They will be planting fruit trees, growing vegetables and implementing composting and recycling among other projects. In addition, they will develop a climate action plan.

Attributes of a Living School can be found here:

When the health situation permits, tours will resume of Dawson’s Living Campus for elementary and high schools. More info to come!

Well-being for all, Working from Home Wellness

Meditation: part of working from home wellness

Practicing meditation belongs in your self-care strategy. A simple technique is to go to a calm place, set a timer for 10 minutes, close your eyes and focus only on your breathing.

Here are some resources recommended by the College Nurses that can help you:

Faculty Hub

Over at the Faculty Hub

Check out the upcoming events at the Hub!

Two great resources:

Communications Office

Two more D News issues before summer

The last two issues of D News before the summer break are scheduled for:

Tuesday, May 18 (deadline May 14 at 12 p.m.)

Tuesday, June 1 (deadline May 28 at 12 p.m.)

Members of the Dawson community are welcome to submit ideas, news and information to share.

Share your news:
Use the submit news form here:

or email

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

10% BIXI discount for Dawson community

Dawson aims to keep you healthy and simplify your urban journeys. In hopes of getting you to consider cycling as part of your daily routine, we are offering employees a free one-month membership to BIXI.

If BIXI is already your choice for simple, fun, healthy, efficient, environment-friendly and affordable transport, Dawson is offering you the chance to subscribe to BIXI at a reduced rate! You can get a 10% discount on a yearly or monthly BIXI pass.

For more info on biking to Dawson, check out:

Dawson Research, Faculty Hub

Submit your research for Dawson’s annual research report

This is a friendly reminder that should you wish to submit your research activities for the past year (between April 1 2020 and March 31, 2021) to the Annual Research Report, please email your contributions to (a point-form list is fine or updated CV) by Monday, May 10. 


DawsonITE Newsletter # 511

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

• How to Set Up Zoom's New 'Immersive View'

• Pros and cons of technology in the classroom, and which tools to use

• Respecting Copyright in Distance Education

Read More - DawsonITE Newsletter # 511

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