Sandbox: Trainings & Workshops 2023-2024

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

In collaboration with the UTM Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Office
Dismantling Anti-Black Racism in Post-Secondary Environments Part 2
Facilitated by: Dr. Joseph Smith, Educator, Community Worker and Researcher

In our first seminar we unpacked the weighted history of racialization and its various problematic permutations within our modern society. We explored how these permutations left us fragile, fearful, and overburdened with the great challenge of rendering spaces more inclusive for diverse equity seeking groups. In this seminar, through openly confronting our power, privilege, and biases, we will be invited to consider, work through, and simulate what it might mean to show up as an ally for equity seeking individuals and groups in even more innovative, thought-provoking, and unique ways. By cultivating an assets-based and emotionally safe environment within which to learn, we will explore how we can all show up in principled and progressive ways for equity seeking groups by optimizing our diverse skillsets, abilities, and personality types.

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.

November 21, 2023
1pm – 3pm
Virtual
Student Registration
February 22, 2024
1pm – 3pm
Virtual
Student Registration
April 15, 2024
10am – 12pm
Virtual
Student Registration
Anti-Asian Racism: What It Is, Intersections, and What Can We Do
Facilitated by: May Lui, Educator, Trainer and Consultant

Learning Objectives:

  • Critically examine anti-Asian racism from an intersectional perspective, i.e. how other systemic oppressions/barriers impact and intersect with anti-Asian racism.
  • Learn how to actively identify, address, and stop anti-Asian racism in the workplace and in the post-secondary context

Facilitator Info:

May Lui
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 Faculty & Staff Registration

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

December 4, 2023
1pm – 3pm
Virtual
Student Registration
May 8, 2024
10am – 12pm
Virtual
Student Registration
In collaboration with the Multi-Faith Centre
Understanding and Addressing 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

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

March 16, 2023
10am – 12pm
Virtual
Student Registration
March 2024
Session TBC
Virtual
Student Registration
In collaboration with the Multi-Faith Centre
Understanding and Addressing Antisemitism
Facilitated by: TBA

The following workshop will explore the roots of Antisemitism. Its relationship with other interlocking forms of oppression, and how to identify and address it in postsecondary contexts.

Learning Objectives:

  • Provide an overview of what Antisemitism is and its many manifestations, both historical and current;
  • Increase understanding of how Antisemitism relates to other forms of oppression; and
  • Share strategies and resources to help identify and address Antisemitism in postsecondary environments.

Facilitator Info:

Shari Golberg, Ph.D.
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 Faculty & Staff Registration

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

March 5, 2024
1pm – 3pm
Virtual
Student Registration
April 3, 2024
10am – 12pm
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

September 26, 2023
10am – 12pm
In-person
January 10, 2024
1pm – 3pm
Virtual
April 2, 2024
10am – 12pm
Virtual
B Delivered in partnership with the Sexual Violence Prevention & Support Centre
What is Harassment? Tools to Identify and Address Racial and Sexual Harassment (Part 1 and Part 2)IMPORTANT: Attending both Part 1 and Part 2 is mandatory for course completion. Registering for Part 1 will auto-enroll you in Part 2. Please make sure you are available for both dates.

Learning Objectives (Part 1):

  • Provide an overview of key race- and sexual-related harassment terms and definitions outlined within the Ontario Human Rights Code (OHRC), Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), and U of T policies.
  • Identify intersectional 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 (ARCDO) and the Sexual Violence Prevention & Support Centre (SVPSC) in responding to instances of racial and sexual harassment.

Learning Objectives (Part 2):

  • Examine building a consensual culture by recognizing power dynamics and understanding boundaries and consent; identify and locate relevant U of T policies regarding workplace conduct.
  • Distinguish between acting in allyship versus being an ally to proactively prevent workplace harassment.
  • Review intervention techniques to intervene as bystanders to harassment.
  • Implement the CALM Model to support Disclosing and Reporting; identify barriers to Disclosing and Reporting.
  • Examine case studies to identify forms of harassment, impacts on the workplace environment, and proactive steps in addressing/preventing harassment.

  Register

Part 1:
November 9, 2023
1pm – 3pm
VirtualPart 2:

November 16, 2023
1pm – 3pm
Virtual

Part 1:
April 18, 2024
10am – 12pm
VirtualPart 2:

April 25, 2024
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

October 24, 2023
10am – 12pm
In-person
January 17, 2024
1pm – 3pm
Virtual
April 4, 2024
10am – 12pm
Virtual

 

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, 2023
11:30am – 1:30pm
Virtual
Register
February 1, 2024
5:30pm – 7:30pm
Virtual
Register
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 15, 2023
11:30am – 1:30pm
Virtual
Register
February 15, 2024
5:30pm – 7:30pm
Virtual
Register

 


Past Training/Workshops

 

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