This workshop focuses on deconstructing racism and provides insights in understanding how we arrived here (meaning the social state of the world today). Learners will gain a historical understanding of the origins of the social construct of racism and how it has affected each one of us, equipping them to more easily identify incidences of racism in order to effectively confront it. The workshop also explores how as a society we individually contribute to the institution of racism through biases and microaggressions. Learners will have the opportunity to unpack how they knowingly or unknowingly personally contribute to the racialized social norms around us using examples of how biases, microaggressions and systemic racism shows up in the workplace, while discovering tools to interrupt these problematic these behaviours.
By the end of the workshop, participants will:
- Gain awareness around the true history of racism, including insights around how racism continues to influence the way our systems and workplaces operate today
- Recognize how racial biases and microaggressions negatively impact the experiences of employees and how we all participate in this exchange in some way, knowingly or unknowingly
- Identify incidences of racism, racial prejudice and racial discrimination in our systems and in our interactions with each other, and to effectively confront these behaviours and interrupt the cycle of oppression
This workshop is Module 1 in the The Equitable Workplace Series.
This program contains 2 EDI Professionalism Hours.