This story is written in honour and recognition of a Canadian hero: Canada's first black university graduate and our country's first black lawyer, Robert Sutherland (1830-1878). Today, Mr. Robert Sutherland's legacy lives on through a memorial room at Queen's University and scholarships established in his name.
Many university professors are great teachers. Many are not. I'm baffled that those who are great teachers are saddled with research. And those who are great researchers are saddled with teaching. More importantly, why do universities saddle students with these subpar teachers? Some argue that professors must be able to do both. Yet, professors at Canadian universities are generally promoted based primarily on their research abilities -- on how many publications they get, and how much research money they bring to the university. Teaching is only superficially acknowledged as important.
Today we are launching our new book: "Too Asian?": Racism, Privilege, and Post-Secondary Education. This collection of essays grew out of the dialogue and frustration that many of us had concerning the Macleans magazine feature titled: "Too Asian?" I don't really want to talk about the book itself in this post, but rather, I want to voice something that might actually be somewhat missing in the book.