Race, Equity & Action Speaker Series

The Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office works with its University partners to host local and international experts, academics and advocates to increase dialogue and understanding of racial equity, diversity and inclusion in postsecondary environments. See the upcoming sessions listed below.


 

November 25, 2020 - 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Critical Conversations on Anti-Asian Racism and Xenophobia and the Implications for Postsecondary Environments

Objectives

  • Increase understanding of anti-Asian racism and the relationship to xenophobia
  • Deepen exploration of the overt and subtle manifestation of xenophobia and anti-Asian racism and its impact on community members with a focus on students
  • Tools and strategies universities can employ to immediately address anti-Asian racism and foster inclusive environments

Speaker

Avvy Go, Clinic Director, Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic
Avvy Go
Barrister & Solicitor
Clinic Director
Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic

Avvy Go is the Clinic Director of the Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic and a co-founding steering committee member of Colour of Poverty – Colour of Change. Since her call to the Bar in 1991, she has worked exclusively in the legal clinic system, serving the legal needs of low income individuals and families. Immigration, human rights, and employment law are some of the main areas of law that she practices in. Between 2001 and 2019, Avvy served as a bencher of the Law Society of Ontario. She also served on the LSO’s Access to Justice Committee, the Equity and Aboriginal Issues Committee and the Human Rights Monitoring Group. Apart from her legal practice, Avvy spends much time doing community organizing and advocacy work. Avvy has received numerous awards, including OCASI Life Time Achievement Award, Senate of Canada 150 medal, SOAR Medal, Order of Ontario, the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers’ Lawyer of Distinction Award, City of Toronto’s William P. Hubbard Award for Race Relations and President’s Award of the Women’s Law Association of Ontario.

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Format: Virtual – Zoom Platform
Audience: Students, staff, faculty (please note that external community may join the session free of cost)

 


Past Events

 

October 14, 2020 - 10:00 am – 11:30 am
The Way Forward: Deconstructing Systemic Racism

Objectives

  • Explore how systemic racism manifests within institutions and the impact of systemic racism on the lived realities of Black, Indigenous, and racialized communities;
  • Identify tools and strategies that can be incorporated to dismantle systemic racism within institutions particularly within the postsecondary environment;
  • Learn about the current initiatives of the Ontario Anti-Racism Directorate with a focus on the successes and challenges of addressing systemic racism.

Speaker

Kerry-Ann Douglas-Powell, Manager of Policy and & Systems Transformation within the Anti-Racism Directorate for the Province of Ontario
Kerry-Ann Douglas-Powell
Manager, Policy & Systems Transformation | Anti-Racism Directorate
Ontario Ministry of the Solicitor General

Kerry-Ann Douglas-Powell uses the pronouns she/her. She is currently the Manager of Policy and & Systems Transformation within the Anti-Racism Directorate for the Province of Ontario and has the privilege of leading a team responsible for identifying and addressing organizational and cultural systemic race barriers within the OPS in addition to supporting leaders as they navigate through their anti-racism leadership journey.She is a graduate from Ryerson University’s Human Resources Management Program with over 15 years of experience in HR, Change Management, L&D and most recently equity within both the private & public sectors. Before going to the ARD in June 2019, Kerry-Ann led technical and leadership development learning initiatives within the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services, served as a member of Board of Directors of AMAPCEO, the union for Ontario’s Professional Employees, and was the Networking Committee Chair for the Institutes for Performance and Learning’s Toronto Chapter until earlier this Spring.

As an HR professional, an organizational educator and a change leader, Kerry-Ann thrives on designing innovative solutions that allow for people and organizations to navigate their way through the chaos, especially during times of change (whether those changes are operational, cultural or technological) – all under the guise of learning.

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Format: Virtual – Zoom Platform
Audience: Students, staff, faculty (please note that external community may join the session free of cost)

 


 

October 31, 2019
Increasing racial equity, diversity and inclusion in hiring, admissions and culture

Objectives

To provide key tips and strategies to senior academic and administrative leaders to support efforts to increasing racial equity, diversity and inclusion in employment, student admissions and institutional culture.

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Speaker

Portrait of Dr. Lisa Coleman
Dr. Lisa Coleman, Senior VP for Global Inclusion and Strategic Innovation and Chief Diversity Officer, New York University  Dr. Coleman has served as the Chief Diversity Officer and Special Assistant to the President at Harvard University from 2010 – 2017. Prior to Harvard, Dr. Coleman had worked in a similar capacity at Tufts University from 2007 to 2010. Prior to becoming Tufts’ first senior diversity officer, she directed the Africana Studies Program and taught in American Studies, English, and Women’s Studies.

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November 25, 2019
Responding to race-based human rights complaints: Understanding institutional responsibility

Objectives

To increase knowledge on the roles and responsibilities of leaders in education institutions in responding to racial discrimination and harassment.

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Speaker

portrait of Dr. Shaheen Azmi
Dr. Shaheen Azmi, Director of Policy, Education, Monitoring, and Outreach of the Ontario Human Rights Commission  Dr. Azmi previously held positions as Senior Policy Analyst and Manager of the Mediation Office for the Commission. In his policy work he helped research and draft the Commission’s Policy and Guidelines on Racism and Racial Discrimination released in June 2005, which was the first such human rights policy in Canada.
* This event is co-sponsored by Hart House.

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Addressing Anti-Semitism in 2020: Increasing an inclusive postsecondary environment

Objectives

To identify strategies and share resources to address antisemitism in postsecondary environments.

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Speaker

portrait image Julia Appel
Rabbi Julia Appel  Rabbi Julia Appel has served as the Senior Jewish Educator and Campus Rabbi at Hillel at the University of Toronto since 2016. Rabbi Appel is on the Executive Team of the Toronto Board of Rabbis and is a regular contributor to the Canadian Jewish News. She has studied contemporary antisemitism and trained in diversity and inclusion, focusing on progressive methods and “calling in” to combat antisemitism.