Training & Workshops

The Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office offers professional development courses to increase faculty and staff’s understanding of their roles/responsibilities and key strategies to advancing racial equity, diversity and inclusion at U of T. In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all training sessions will be offered virtually. Further details on the 2020-2021 training sessions are coming soon!

 

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Topic Summer Fall Winter
A Understanding your responsibility to preventing racial discrimination & harassment in the work environment

Learning Objectives:

  • Provide an overview of the race-related Ontario Human Rights Code grounds and definitions of relevant key terms
  • Explore how racial discrimination and harassment manifest in the work environments
  • Share strategies and tools to effectively identify and respond to race-related conflicts in the workplace.
  • Explain the role of the Antiracism and Cultural Diversity Office in the complaints resolution process at the University of Toronto.

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June 23, 2020
10:00am –12:00pm
November 12, 2020
10:00am – 12:00pm
January 13, 2021
1:00pm – 3:00pm
B What is Harassment? Tools to identifying and addressing racial and sexual harassment in the work environment

Learning Objectives:

  • Provide an overview of key race-related and sexual harassment terms and definitions outlined within the Ontario Human Right Code.
  • Identify manifestations of racial and sexual harassment and their impact on the individual and the work environment.
  • Explain institutional processes and the role of the Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office and the Sexual Violence Prevention and Support Centre in responding to instances of racial and sexual harassment.

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July 9, 2020
10:00am – 12:00pm
October 15, 2020
10:00am – 12:00pm
March 9, 2021
1:00pm – 3:00pm
C Addressing Racial Microaggressions: Tools, Strategies and Discussions

Learning Objectives:

  • Increase understanding of the experiences and impact of racial microaggressions – identify forms of racial microaggressive behavior and comments
  • Discuss and develop strategies for prevention and resolution of subtle discrimination within the work and learning environments
  • Increase understanding of the role of management in effectively addressing and responding to occurrences of microaggressions/subtle discrimination?

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July 20, 2020
10:00am – 12:00pm
September 17, 2020
10:00am – 12:00pm
February 16, 2021
1:00pm – 3:00pm
Advanced Courses Prerequisites Summer Fall Winter
D Anti-Black Racism Training (Module 1)
Understanding Anti-Black Racism: The Foundation**

In this introductory session, participants will:

  • Engage in discussion and information-sharing on the historical context of race and racism in Canada and its present day impacts on the Black community;
  • Discuss and learn about the fluidity of anti-Black racism within systemic and institutional structures;
  • Explore the interconnectedness of social identities, privilege and whiteness; and
  • Reflect on their personal journey with locating one’s self in the discourse of racism and anti-racism work.

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August 12, 2020
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
September 22, 2020
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
November 3, 2020
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
February 9, 2021
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
E Anti-Black Racism Training (Module 2)
Going Deeper in Addressing Anti-Black Racism: Understanding Whiteness, Internalized Racism and Debunking Myths**

In this session, participants will:

  • Engage in dialogue on the concepts of eurocentrism, whiteness and white supremacy, to increase understanding of how these concepts manifest in organizations and contribute to anti-Black racism;
  • Define and discuss the implications of internalized racism;
  • Deepen understanding of the myths of meritocracy, reverse racism and racial invisibility and how they manifest in our work and learning environments; and
  • Reflect on their personal journey and identify daily concrete actions that can be taken to engage in anti-racist behavior.

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Course D August 13, 2020
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
September 23, 2020
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
November 4, 2020
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
February 10, 2021
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
F Anti-Black Racism Training (Module 3)
Anti-Black Racism & Tools for Organizational Change**

In this session, participants will:

  • Identify and define organizational bias and systemic barriers that impact Black community from entering and/or feeling included within organizations;
  • Explore practices can help break the cycle of anti-black racism and create a more inclusive work environment;
  • Discuss the principles and tools required to establish an anti-racism strategy within their environments; and
  • Reflect and commit to practices that will evolve their organizational culture into being spaces of racial inclusion for Black and racialized communities.

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Course D & E August 14, 2020
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
September 24, 2020
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
November 5, 2020
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
February 11, 2021
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
G Deconstructing Institutional Racism for Managers*

Anti-racism is an ongoing and active process of recognizing and addressing individual, institutional, and systemic racism. In this session participants will:

  • Gain a broader awareness of how race and racism is normalized within work environments, including policies and organizational culture
  • Identify and discuss how racism manifests on individual and systemic levels within work environments
  • Develop and share concrete action items that will increase anti-racist practices in the work environment

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Course A July 13, 2020
10:00am – 12:00pm
October 29, 2020
10:00am – 12:00pm
April 12, 2021
1:00pm – 3:00pm
H Identifying and addressing attitudinal barriers to racial equity, diversity and inclusion*

Racism is a system of beliefs that manifests into actions. In this session participants will:

  • Identify and discuss common myths that perpetuate racism and invalidate EDI commitments and initiatives
  • Explore how attitudinal barriers show up in work environments and impact multiracial teams
  • Identify the risks and organizational supports to challenging racism within their environments

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Course C July 28, 2020
10:00am – 12:00pm
December 2, 2020
10:00am – 12:00pm
March 25, 2021
1:00pm – 3:00pm

*Requires the completion of prerequisite courses

**The Anti-Black Racism Training is a three part training series. Each session will be 2 hours and takes place 3 days in a row