Sandbox: Training & Workshops 2022-2023

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.

Please Note: We offer educational programming that is open to the external community which can be found on our website under Education & Events.

The Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office does not offer trainings or workshops to the external community.

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Feature Workshops

Open to Students, Staff, Faculty/Librarians

Disrupting Anti-Asian Racism: Tools for Change
Facilitated by: Maria Lo, Training Coordinator, Hong Fook Mental Health Association

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore and discuss the historical and current-day realities of anti-Asian racism;
  • Deepen understanding of how anti-Asian racism interacts with other forms of discrimination;
  • Share strategies and resources to identify and address anti-Asian racism in working and learning environments.

Facilitator Info:

Maria Lo
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 Faculty & Staff Registration

NOTE: Students must use their University of Toronto email address to register.

November 29, 2022
1pm – 3pm
Virtual
Student Registration
May 1, 2023
1pm – 3pm
Virtual
Student Registration
Understanding Anti-Brown Racism in Canada
Facilitated by: Raj Dhir, Executive Director and Chief Legal Counsel, Ontario Human Rights Commission

Is there a unique “Brown” identity in Canada? Does being “Brown” expose someone to different and unique forms of racism or discrimination not experienced by Black, Asian or Indigenous people?

This workshop will explore anti-Brown racism through a human rights lens based on the unique experiences of South and Southeast Asians, Middle Easterners, Latin Americans, and North Africans in Canada. We will explore the different manifestations of this racism – whether it is direct or systemic – based on distinct cultural stereotypes, religious differences, and economic insecurity.

Finally, we will examine how the experience of combatting these forms of anti-Brown racism has not only contributed to our understanding of discrimination, but also expanded the scope of human rights protection in Canada.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore how race is socially constructed and the meaning and impact of anti-Brown racism;
  • Enhance attendees’ capacity to identify dominant manifestations of anti-Brown racism at both individual and organizational levels;
  • Strengthen attendees’ ability to utilize a human rights framework to understand and constructively address anti-Brown racism.

Facilitator Info:

Raj Dhir
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 Faculty & Staff Registration

NOTE: Students must use their University of Toronto email address to register.

January 31, 2023
1pm – 3pm
Virtual
Student Registration
In collaboration with the Multi-Faith Centre
A Shape-Shifting Hatred: Understanding and Addressing Antisemitism
Facilitated by: Shari Golberg, Ph.D., Trainer and Consultant

Referred to as the world’s “longest hatred” by historian Robert Wistrich, antisemitism is a potent and dangerous form of racism, prejudice, and hate that has persisted over millennia. Often regarded as a problem of the past in North America, antisemitism has never really gone away, and contemporary expressions of it are becoming increasingly more prevalent and worrisome. This workshop will deepen participants’ understanding of antisemitism, demonstrate the connections between historical and contemporary manifestations of antisemitism, and provide participants with tools to identify and address antisemitic discourses in order to promote more inclusive learning and work environments.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the connection between historical and contemporary manifestations of antisemitism;
  • Identify some common antisemitic trope and discourses; and
  • Share strategies and resources to help antisemitism in postsecondary environments.

Facilitator Info:

Shari Golberg, Ph.D.
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 Faculty & Staff Registration Student Registration

NOTE: Students must be logged in to CLNx prior to registering for this workshop.

March 14, 2023
10am – 12pm
Virtual
In collaboration with the Multi-Faith Centre
More Than One Experience: Encountering Islamophobia
Facilitated by: Gilary Massa, Lead Consultant, Human Rights, Anti-oppression and Equity Educator and Strategist, Inclusive Leaders

No one experiences Islamophobia in the same way but its existence is undeniable. Islamophobia presents itself in innumerable ways as it intersects across ethnicity, sexuality, gender, race, etc. Deepening our learning about the various manifestations of Islamophobia is an important step to building our tools to addressing experiences in our environments.

Learning Objectives:

  • Deeper awareness of different manifestations of Islamophobia, including ways it surfaces in discourses in academic and co-curricular spheres.
  • New insights on how to address Islamophobic misrepresentations and generalizations in learning and working spaces.
  • Tips and strategies to facilitate and create open spaces to honour unique lived experiences.
  • Share strategies to address and combat Islamophobia in higher education.

Facilitator Info:

Gilary Massa
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 Faculty & Staff Registration Student Registration

NOTE: Students must be logged in to CLNx prior to registering for this workshop.

March 16, 2023
10am – 12pm
Virtual
Dismantling Anti-Black Racism in Post-Secondary Environments
Facilitated by: Dr. Joseph Smith, Educator, Community Worker and Researcher

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss and learn about the historical context of racism and its present day impacts for Black community in Canada;
  • Understand and discuss the fluidity of anti-Black racism and its manifestations (within systems, institutions and individual experiences);
  • Identify and unpack organizational and systemic barriers that can impact Black community from being included in post-secondary environments;
  • Share strategies and tools to break the cycle of anti-Black racism and create more inclusive working and learning environments.

Facilitator Info:

Dr. Joseph Smith
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 Faculty & Staff Registration

NOTE: Students must use their University of Toronto email address to register.

March 28, 2023
1pm – 4pm
Virtual
Student Registration

Training for Faculty and Staff

Fall Winter Spring
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.

 Register online

September 29, 2022
10am – 12pm
In-person
January 17, 2023
1pm – 3pm
Virtual
April 3, 2023
10am – 12pm
In-person
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.

  Register online

November 24, 2022
10am – 12pm
Virtual
May 2, 2023
10am – 12pm
Virtual
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?

 Register online

October 26, 2022
10am – 12pm
In-person
January 26, 2023
1pm – 3pm
Virtual
April 25, 2023
10am – 12pm
In-person

 

Training for Students

Fall Winter
Students must use their University of Toronto email account to register for the following training
1 Understanding your responsibility to preventing racial discrimination & harassment in the work and learning environment(s)

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.

November 1, 2022
11:30am – 1:30pm
Virtual
Register online
February 1, 2023
5:30pm – 7:30pm
Virtual
Register online
2 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?

November 18, 2022
11:30am – 1:30pm
Virtual
Register online
February 15, 2023
5:30pm – 7:30pm
Virtual
Register online