Christine DaigleThe Office of Research Services has announced the recipients of two internal awards that recognize outstanding research at Brock.Christine Daigle, associate professor in Philosophy and director of the Women’s Studies program, has been named the 2010 Chancellor’s Chair for Research Excellence.Dorothy Griffiths, associate dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, and professor, Child and Youth Studies, has been named the recipient of the 2010 Brock University Award for Distinguished Research and Creative Activity.The Chancellor’s Chair for Research Excellence recognizes active scholars who demonstrate excellence and will continue to contribute significantly to the advancement of their field of scholarship and creative activity. With the award, recipients undertake a specific three-year program of research, and must present one public lecture on this research.Daigle’s research will contribute to the field of study on French feminist Simone de Beauvoir by clarifying the philosophical foundations of existentialist ethics and politics. Her project, entitled “Beauvoir’s phenomenology as a ground for an ethics and politics of difference,” will investigate how it is possible to articulate and conceive sexual difference from the point of view of lived experience and from the point of view of its ethical and political meanings.Dorothy GriffithsDaigle, who also studies German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, came to Brock in 2003.The Distinguished Research and Creative Activity award recognizes individuals who show outstanding research achievements, contributions toward the training of future researchers, and consistency in scholarly or creative performance. The one-year award is not attached to a specific research activity or proposal, but the recipient is required to give one lecture to the Brock community.According to the supporting letter from fellow Brock colleagues, Griffiths “has devoted her life to developing and researching evidence-based therapeutic interventions and support systems for persons with intellectual disabilities who experience serious mental health challenges in Ontario, across Canada and internationally.”Her accomplishments in teaching, research, awards and publications have been developed during a career that includes 17 years at Brock.Daigle will receive formal recognition for the Chancellor’s Chair at the time of her lecture, while Griffiths will receive recognition at Fall Convocation.
“The lack of disaggregated data has led to a serious information gap that limits the effective identification of population groups that are suffering discrimination,” the UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, Mutuma Ruteere, said after presenting his latest report to the UN General Assembly.“It also hinders adequate policymaking at the national, regional and international levels and promotes impunity,” Mr. Ruteere said.He noted that, although there is no clearly stated international obligation to collect ethnic data, the human rights legal framework provides a strong mandate to gather this kind of data.“The right to be free from discrimination includes the right to access information that could serve as evidence to prove discrimination,” he said.The human rights expert acknowledged the fears and anxieties expressed by some states and vulnerable groups regarding the collection of sensitive data, but he said that these concerns can be overcome if strict human rights rules are observed, including the right to privacy, the protection of data, the establishment of participatory processes based on informed consent as well as the self-identification of respondents. “The collection of data disaggregated by ethnicity on economic, social, cultural, civil and political indicators is a pre-requisite if we are to identify patterns of discrimination and existing gaps,” Mr. Ruteere said. “Through better data collection, discriminated groups will become more visible and get better protection.”Equality is at the heart of the newly adopted sustainable development agenda which, under Goal 17, calls for the collection of disaggregated data to measure progress while leaving “no one behind,” to promote and foster non-discrimination while upholding the universality of human rights, he said.“At a time where the international community is discussing how to measure progress on the new agenda, the adoption of indicators capturing levels of discrimination will demonstrate States’ commitment,” Mr. Ruteere said.Mr. Ruteere was appointed by the Human Rights Council as Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance in November 2011. As Special Rapporteur, he is independent from any government or organisation and serves in his individual capacity. He is not UN staff and does not receive a salary for their work.