“I grew up in a very different time. I was the only Black in my class in high school [and] there weren't many Blacks in university when I went.”

Charles C. Smith is a poet, playwright and essayist who has written extensively on race, equity and diversity, including Anti-Racism in Education: Missing in Action (2010). Charles teaches at UTSC and is the Cultural Liasion. In the conversation he speaks about the impact of systemic racism and discusses the changing diversity on campus.

 

Most people think of racism as the overt acts of harassment

 

I've been blown away by the lived experience of my students

 

I had never imagined a campus as diverse

Interview Participant: Charles Smith

Interviewer: Jennifer Lee

Location: UTSC campus

Photographer: Ken Jones

Date of Interview: June 12, 2015

To hear the full audio of the oral history interviews visit: Scarborough Oral History Project