About Equity Studies

The Department of Equity Studies (DES) offers a learning environment that values cultural diversity and supports social equality. It provides students with understanding of the social issues that shape their interests, introduces them to diverse communities within Canada, develops understanding of social justice, and raises awareness of our multiple identities. Students gain a critical grounding in theories, and research methods in ways that allow them to link their education with several degrees and certificates. DES welcomes students who are interested in Indigenous Studies, Anti-Racist Research, Human Rights, Diaspora Studies, and other Equity seeking efforts.

Apart from Indigenous Studies, the Department of Equity Studies also offers the Human Rights and Equity Studies (HREQ) program. Some of our students choose to do a double major combining MIST and HREQ. Alternatively, you can do a double major with a program outside DES in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies.

Along with the Indigenous Studies degree, you have the option of pursuing a number of certificates, including the Certificate in Anti-Racist Research and Practice and a Certificate in Refugee and Migration Studies (in conjunction with the Centre for Refugee Studies).

You have all these options to consider and we are here to help you explore these opportunities. Please feel free to contact us at 416 736 5235 or email to deqs@yorku.ca or just drop-in and see us in 302 Atkinson.

Many students in Indigenous Studies are affiliated with the Aboriginal Students’ Association.  Although Aboriginal Students meet at the Centre for Aboriginal Students (CASS), we have a room in the Department of Equity Studies for students to meet with an Elder or traditional person on a weekly basis. DES also has  a very vibrant student association (Equity Studies Student Association, ESSA) They will be very happy to hear from you and have you join them. Feel free to contact ESSA at 416 736 2100 extension 33835 or email them essayork@gmail.com. Find them on Facebook.

DES faculty in Indigenous Studies includes Bonita Lawrence, Liz Brule, Maggie Quirt, David McNab, and Mona Oikawa.  Other faculty in our department include Professors Claudio Colaguori, Tania Das Gupta, Minoo Derayeh, Lorne Foster, Merle Jacobs, Haideh Moghissi (holding the prestigious Trudeau Fellowship), Awalou Oudraogo, , Walter Perchal, and Saeed Rahnema. Feel free to google them to find more information about their research.