Most of it was pretty basic, updates on improvements to campus facilities during the past 18 months of COVID lockdown. Notably however, tucked between the new "all-gender washroom" and the refurbished office for the director of the Student Centre was a note on the removal of alumni class photos:
"In the hallways of D and B building, the picture of graduating classes from the early Nova Scotia Technical College and TUNS days showed an engineering history of mostly white male students. We had received many comments about this not being consistent with the vision of a welcoming campus for all students. These class pictures have now been removed, archived with the help of Dal Libraries and will be available online in the future to alumni and others. Many of these wall spaces are now empty, but we will look for opportunities in the future to project a more diverse and inclusive vision of engineering."
TUNS, or Technical University of Nova Scotia, was originally founded as the Nova Scotia Technical College in 1907, and merged into Dalhousie University in 1997. The Faculty of Engineering is housed in Sexton Campus, named after Dr. Frederick Sexton, founder of the NSTC.
This decision to pull alumni class photos runs counter to the paradigm for the cancellation of figures considered "problematic" in the jargon of social justice theory.
Usually, a public figure—a politician like Sir John A. Macdonald, for example,–is associated with a former social evil, in Macdonald's case the misbegotten residential school system, so statues of him or institutions named for him are considered so offensive they must be removed or renamed. In the case of Dalhousie, one would, according to this strain of logic, expect a demand for a name change to Sexton Campus, on the grounds that its founder presided over an educational institution that only served white males.
That is not the paradigm in this case. Here we have a form of collective disappearance inside the institution of men who studied there in complete social innocence. These former students are being symbolically humiliated and retroactively shamed as though they had personally barred the door to female students begging to be let in, when in fact they were simply present at what would in the future be adjudicated a de facto social-justice crime scene.
Since the 1970s, when the drive for gender equality quickly produced dramatic results, women have excelled in all the areas of study that interested them. Almost every field of study has become majority female - and organically so, without "equity" programs, i.e. affirmative action. Except for STEM, the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.