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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Workshop Series

The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Workshop Series is a compilation of workshops focusing on key issues related to EDI within the post-secondary context. A key aim of the series is to highlight how systemic inequities manifest in post-secondary environments and ways in which educators can move towards inclusive and equitable teaching practices, while catering to the learning needs of all their students.

Topics include microaggressions, ableism, intersectionality, power dynamics and anti-racism. Workshops will be offered monthly, and participants will be required to register to attend. Participants are encouraged to attend as many workshops as they can to gain new knowledge and further their understanding of EDI.  

In this series, participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Recognize how instructional practices can create barriers to learners and challenge those practices
  • Explore best practices to combat microaggressions within their own teaching practices
  • Define intersectionality and explain the relationship of this concept to equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Reflect on personal beliefs and how it impacts their pedagogical practices

Understanding Microaggressions: Strategies for the Classroom

Through this workshop, participants will gain an introductory understanding of microaggressions, the ways in which they may present within the classroom and how they can be addressed in a teaching and learning environment. This interactive session will explore the complexity of microaggressions in the classroom through case studies and share practical strategies to mitigate these difficult situations to create a more inclusive teaching and learning environment.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the language of microaggressions
  • Reflect on the complexity of microaggressions in various contexts
  • Gain an understanding of best practices to combat microaggressions within their own teaching practices

Facilitators: Dr. Fouzia Usman, PhD, Lorelei Anselmo
Date: January 20, 2022
Time: 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. (75 min)
Location: Online

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Disabling Learning Environments: Challenging Ableism in Your Teaching Practices

In the post-secondary context, disability is defined through the needs of an individual and resolved by providing accommodations. However, this approach overlooks the role of instructors and how their choices create learning environments – either accessible or inaccessible. This workshop challenges participants to think about how learning environments are disabling.  Through reflecting on assumptions about successful learners, instructors can challenge ableism in their teaching practice.

By the end of this session, participants will

  • Differentiate between medical and social models of disability
  • Recognize how instructional practices can create barriers to learners
  • Reflect on personal beliefs about learner qualities
  • Challenge instructional practices based on these assumed learner qualities

Facilitator: Dr. Brenda McDermott, PhD
Date: February 17, 2022
Time: 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. (75 min)
Location: Online

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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Health Professions Education: Identity, Intersectionality, and Praxis

This workshop will explore equity, diversity and inclusion as they relate to teaching and learning in the context of health professions education, with a focus on intersectionality. This will be a participatory workshop. After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Define intersectionality and explain the relationship of this concept to equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Describe the components of their own identity, including professional identity and its relationship to teaching, learning and professional practice
  • Consider the importance of professional identity formation in health professions education
  • Explain the role of participatory praxis in supporting learners to develop identity and empowering learners to drive change

Facilitators: Dr. Heather Jamniczky, PhD, Dr. Aliya Kassam, PhD
Date: March 17, 2022
Time: 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. (75 min)
Location: Online

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