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Anti-Black Racism

Anti-Black Racism

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Anti-Black racism is prejudice, attitudes, beliefs, stereotyping or discrimination that is directed at people of African descent and is rooted in their unique history and experience of enslavement and colonization. Anti-Black racism is deeply embedded in Canadian institutions, policies and practices, and impacts all public systems. Addressing Anti-Black racism requires a collective responsibility to purposefully work to dismantle racist systems and practices.

The Centre for Global Citizenship Education and Inclusion is committed to challenging anti-Black racism, and to relentlessly address it by engaging all members of the community to participate in actions that result in positive social change.  

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Join us for the following upcoming events for employees and students on Anti-Black Racism:

College Employees

Anti-Black Racism and Inequity: Realizing Organizational Equitable Outcomes

Thursday, June 18, 2020, from 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Anti-Black racism is prejudice, attitudes, beliefs, stereotyping or discrimination that is directed at people of African descent and is rooted in histories and experiences of enslavement and colonization. Anti-Black racism is deeply embedded in Canadian institutions, policies and practices, to the point that it has become a part of our systems.
By the end of this session, College employees will be able to:

  1. Deepen understanding of the impact of systemic racism on students and employees and the significance of our roles as leaders in the College environment
  2. Gain knowledge, skills and tools to increase capacity as a leader to address conflict pertaining to issues regarding race/racial tensions/racial conflicts
  3. Further, develop an inclusive working and learning environment for racialized students and employees

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Christopher Stuart Taylor

Dr. Taylor teaches in the Department of History and the Arts First program and is currently the anti-Black Racism Advisor at the University of Waterloo. He has worked in the Ontario Public Service (OPS) and began his career as a Policy Coordinator Intern in the Deputy Minister’s Office at the Ministry of Labour. Dr. Taylor was the Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator in the Ministry of the Attorney General’s Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility Office; a Senior Policy Advisor at Ontario’s Anti-Racism Directorate; and Manager of Social Justice and Change Cluster at the Ontario Correctional Services College.

I have White Privilege! Now What?: Building an Anti-Racist Practice in Higher Education  

Friday, June 19, 2020, from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

In this interactive workshop, College employees will deepen their understanding of oppressive systems by exploring concepts such as white privilege, white guilt, white entitlement and white fragility. Participants will reflect on their role and contribution to systems of oppression, and will also discuss concrete actions they can take in their personal and professional lives to disrupt racism.

Facilitators:
Silvia D’Addario, Manager of Global Citizenship, Equity and Inclusion Programs
Gabriel Bedard, Global Citizenship & Equity Learning Advisor
Tatiana Wugalter (Global Citizenship & Equity Research and Education Strategist)

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Allyship and Solidarity

Thursday, July 2, 2020, from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Allyship and solidarity are terms that have become increasingly common, but what do these words look like in practice? This workshop will provide College employees an opportunity to reflect on identity, experiences, power/privilege and examine ways in which one can, in both personal and professional practice, engage in allyship and practices of solidarity within the context of racism. Open to all members of the College, this session will include practical tips to engage in anti-racist allyship and solidarity. By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

Facilitator:
Tatiana Wugalter, Global Citizenship & Equity Research and Education Strategist

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Students

Anti-Black Racism and Student Life: Moving towards action and change

Thursday, July 23, 2020, from 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Do you want to learn more about anti-Black racism, especially in Canada? Are you wondering what you can do to help dismantle anti-Black racism? Janelle Brady and Dr. Shawnee Hardware will join Centennial College students to discuss the systems of oppression which perpetuate anti-Black racism in Canada. They will highlight key pieces of Black Canadian history and resistance while offering students tangible strategies to engage in their own efforts against anti-Black racism. During the session, students will have the opportunity to engage in an open conversation with Janelle and Shawnee. Come with your questions and get ready to take action! This session is open to all Centennial College students. Participation in the session will contribute to students’ Global Digital Badge.

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