Equity & Inclusion Specialist Program

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Across North America there is an increasing need to address issues of equity and inclusion at all levels of higher education institutions.  As college employees you are essential leaders who can proactively create inclusive and equitable campus environments. The Centre for Global Citizenship Education and Inclusion (GCEI) is launching a unique Equity and Inclusion Specialist Program specifically designed for college employees. This comprehensive program will further provide you with knowledge, tools and resources to effectively respond to and integrate equitable practices that reduce systemic barriers and further build inclusion.

The program includes the following interactive workshops facilitated by industry experts in collaboration with the Centre for Global Citizenship Education and Inclusion. Each participant will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Centre for GCEI and a Digital Badge for their LinkedIn profile etc. Participants are required to complete the following:

Equity and Inclusion Specialist Program Requirements:

  • Adopting an Equity and Inclusion Lens 
  • Managing Unconscious Bias 
  • Competing Human Rights
  • A minimum of 2 additional sessions (outlined below, sessions can include other College offerings not on this list by special request i.e. Mental Health training etc.)

Workshop Offerings

  1. Adopting an Equity and Inclusion Lens (Required)

    • Address and deepen understanding of how our own intersecting identities shape our interactions with others in order to manage relationships effectively 
    • Further develop the ability to identify and analyze how to make critical decisions on issues of systemic inequities that impact the College community 
    • Learn best practices to remove systemic barriers faced by students and employees in order to further create more equitable and inclusive learning, working and living environments 
  2. Faith in Education: Religious Diversity, Religious Identity & Accommodation, ft. Hiren Mistry

    Hiren-MistryHiren Mistry is an educator and researcher whose work synthesizes commitments to equity, cultural and religious diversity, policy and pedagogy. Hiren is currently the Instructional Coordinator: Equity and Inclusive Education, for the Peel District School Board. Prior to this role, he was an educator for 13 years, and a lecturer at York University. Hiren is completing his PhD in Higher Education and Leadership at OISE, focusing on the intersection of policy, religious freedom, religious diversity and leadership.

    Participants will:

    • Recognize competing frameworks to conceptualizing religious diversity in Canada (at the levels of policy, popular discourse & lived experience) 
    • Understand how these frameworks interact in contexts when religious accommodation is requested in learning environments 
    • Identify mindsets, processes and practices that help establish inclusive learning environments for all
  3. Supporting Trans, Gender Non-Conforming, and Two-Spirit Students & Employees at Centennial, with guest speaker Njeri Damali Campbell

    Picture of Damali-Campbell at equity and inclusion specialist program eventNjeri Damali Campbell is an employment, labor and human rights lawyer providing strategic advice and representation before administrative tribunals and courts. She also assists clients to execute workplace investigations, and provides training seminars on a range of labor and human rights topics. Prior to her legal career, Njeri was employed as a Human Rights and Diversity Advisor at Humber College where she supported workplace investigations, compliance initiatives and delivered human rights and AODA training.

    Njeri will be speaking to the duty of accommodation and the Ontario Human Rights Code.

    Participants will:

    • Gain a deeper understanding of issues and barriers facing trans, gender non-conforming, and two- spirit students and employees 
    • Recognize the significance of these issues as they pertain to our role as leaders in the College
    • Develop collective strategies to address these issues through our own processes and practices to create more inclusive learning, working and living environments 
  4. Managing Unconscious Bias in the Workplace & Human Resources

    Participants will:

    • Deepen understanding of unconscious bias through an anti-oppressive/anti-racist lens. 
    • Recognize how bias can negatively influence workplace decisions, attitudes and behaviours.
    • Apply the SEEDS™model to address unconscious bias and its influence in the workplace. 
    • Develop individual and collective strategies to counteract bias 
  5. Racism/Anti-Black Racism: Understanding the Impact of Systemic Racism on Equitable Leadership Practice, ft. Kike Ojo

    Picture of Kike-Ojo at Equity and Inclusion Specialist Program eventKike Ojo is a Senior Program Analyst with the Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies where she uses her position to advance an equity agenda throughout the Province, using the frameworks of Anti-racism, Anti-Black racism, and Anti-Oppressive practice.Currently, she is the Project Manager for One Vision One Voice: Changing the Child Welfare System for African Canadian Families.

    Participants will:

    • Deepen understanding of the impact of systemic racism on racialized students and employees and the significance for our roles as leaders in the College environment 
    • Gain knowledge, skills and tools to increase capacity as a leader to address conflict pertaining to issues regarding race/racial tensions/racial conflicts 
    • Further develop an inclusive working and learning environment for racialized students and employees
  6. Equalizing Capital: How Social Class Intersects with Effective Leadership, ft. Dr. Neil Buddel

    Picture of Neil-Buddel at Equity and Inclusion Specialist Program eventDr. Neil Buddel has over 15 years of experience in the postsecondary education system through various roles (including residential and career education, academic student success, and overall student affairs) and at various institutions (including the Universities of Alberta, Guelph, Toronto; McMaster University; and Centennial College, where he serves as Dean of Students).

    Participants will:

    • Deepen understanding on the impact of the intersections of social class on student development 
    • Gain tools of understanding to increase capacity as a leader to address conflict pertaining to social 
    • Uncover how your own social class affects your leadership style and performance outcomes
  7. Competing Human Rights, Ontario Human Rights Commission

    Participants will:

    • Deepen understanding of how to consider multiple perspectives, College policy and legal implications when addressing 'competing' human rights conflicts.  
    • Identify proactive and effective strategies to mitigate and respond to complex competing rights matters in the College environment.   
    • Advance knowledge of best practices to process to assess and resolve circumstances of competing rights.
  8. Reflective Practice: Leading with equity and inclusion

    Facilitated by an equity and inclusion educator, participants will engage in a reflective practice session to reveal how the Equity and Inclusion Specialist Program was useful in their role as College Administrators. Participants will share best practices and inform the group on how the learning enhanced their leadership skills and will provide further insight on how best to integrate equity and inclusion in practice.

    For more information please contact Resham Karfa at rkarfa@centennialcollege.ca.

Download the Equity & Inclusion Specialist Program PDF.