students getting tour of campusTours Plus offers future Lancers an enhanced campus experience Feb. 2, 4, 18, and during March and April breaks.

Tours to welcome high schoolers to campus

Students from Ontario high schools are invited to join the student recruitment team in person for Campus Tours Plus and spend their teachers’ Professional Activity Days exploring the University of Windsor. If you see them, be sure to give a welcoming wave!

Tours Plus offers future Lancers an enhanced campus experience, providing a chance to explore buildings and facilities through a student-led tour, along with the opportunity to connect with UWindsor representatives. Sessions will be held Feb. 2, 4, 18, and during March and April breaks.

Students and their guests will be treated to a $25 UWindsor gift card to put towards the start of their Lancer gear collection from the Campus Bookstore or refreshments from an on-campus restaurant. A $25 gas gift card will offer an incentive for students outside of Windsor-Essex to attend.

Before joining the tours, all students and guests will be required to show successful completion of a ‘green’ badge from the Safe Lancer App COVID 19 Self-Assessment Tool (Apple Store Download here, Google Play Download here), or complete a printable version of the questionnaire upon arrival and wear a non-medical mask while on campus.

Space is limited. If you know someone who may be interested, encourage them to register now.

Afshin RahimiEngineering professor Afshin Rahimi is the subject of a video profile by the Southern Ontario Smart Computing Innovation Platform.

Computing group shines spotlight on engineering professor

His partnership with a local startup to advance industrial automation has won notice for a UWindsor professor.

Afshin Rahimi is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical, Automotive and Materials Engineering, and the subject of a profile by the Southern Ontario Smart Computing Innovation Platform.

Videos on Dr. Rahimi are part of SOSCIP’s Spotlight series showcasing original and thoughtful perspectives from leading entrepreneurs and innovators. It focuses on his work with i-50, employing computer vision, machine learning algorithms, and artificial intelligence to improve quality check inspection on assembly lines, production lines, and even service work.

Rahimi praises the partnership, which won a Community Fellowship Award from SOSCIP.

“I think we have one of the best industry-academic relationships because they are a startup, I am younger faculty, and we are helping each other move forward in our objectives,” he says.

The videos profiling him consist of six segments:

Rahimi says he was honoured by the recognition for working to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion.

“As young faculty in engineering, I hope that it can help improve these practices in future as the graduates move on to the workforce and apply their learnings to their practices,” he says.

Learn more in the SOSCIP newsletter, Platforms.

Black History - Black Futures logoProfessor Rosalind Hampton of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education will deliver a lecture entitled “Plotting Black Studies in Canada” on Friday, Feb. 4.

Friday lecture to explore role for Black studies in Canada

A lecture by Rosalind Hampton, assistant professor of Black studies in the Department of Social Justice Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto, is the second in the Distinguished Speaker Series in Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression Pedagogies, presented by the Office of the Vice-President for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

“Plotting Black Studies in Canada” will run on the Microsoft Teams platform at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 4. Attendance is free and open to the public; join the live event on MS Teams here.

Dr. Hampton’s areas of teaching and graduate student supervision include Black radical thought; arts and creative practice; Black women’s life writing; Black learners in Canada; and critical ethnographic and arts-informed methods of inquiry. Her 2020 book Black Racialization and Resistance at an Elite University examines racialized social relations in Canadian higher education through a study grounded in Black people’s experiences at McGill University since the late 1950s.

Her presentation Friday will examine the conditions through which Black studies has intervened in relation to the academy and might intervene in the neoliberal university of today.