Training

Learn about issues related to race and culture from experienced professionals. Please register at least one week before the scheduled training session.

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About Training

Our training is a safe space for community members to listen and learn.

 

Our training is created for the general public. The workshops are half-day sessions and take place over 1-2 days. They are packed with information and engaging activities.

 

Each workshop follows a pre-established course outline. For customized training, please visit our Consulting page.

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Training Topics

Building Inclusive Workplaces and Practices

This interactive workshop will focus on tools to recognize, articulate, understand, examine, challenge, and change workplace practices with the lens of using curiosity, collaboration, and conversation as a response and reinforcing that learning organizations use these moments (of potential constructive conflict) as learning opportunities. Supervisors and employees will consider their separate but interconnected roles in creating and maintaining inclusive workplaces. Participants also will have the opportunity to apply these concepts in the context of their personal life in addition to their work, as we know that the ‘person’ and the ‘worker’ are one and the same, and that there are no clear boundaries between what we bring to work and what affects us in environments outside of the workplace. In this workshop, participants will:

  • Gain a deep understanding of key concepts around diversity, inclusion, and equity
  • Learn how to apply the EDI framework to build stronger and more productive teams
  • Work in groups on goal setting around creating and maintaining an inclusive and effective organizational culture

Join our online upcoming public workshop offered on: December 16th 2021, 1:00 – 4:00 PM (MST)!

Note: This workshop is sponsored by REACH Edmonton; their generous support made it possible to offer this training at a discounted rate.

To register for our public workshop on December 16th click poster below.

About the facilitators:

Mansoureh Modarres, has been an educator and a researcher for over a decade and has worked in post-secondary sector and adult education as well as in the public sector and community engagement programs. Her academic work is focused on transnational feminisms, intersectionality, community and narrative studies, and storytelling. She has designed, developed and facilitated numerous educational programs for diverse audiences, on topics such as diversity and inclusion, writing for academic purposes, and literary studies. She joined our team in January 2020 as a Project Consultant, developing the educational resource “Gender Inclusivity in the Workplace: A Practical Guide”. Currently, she is with the Centre in the role of Education and Research Programs Consultant, and also coordinates our new initiative “Challenging Discrimination through Community Conversations”. Mansoureh is committed to raising awareness about social issues and fostering inclusive practices.

Litzy Baeza, has a Master’s in Latin American Studies and a B.A. in Psychology. She has worked in the field of international education for the past 15 years managing a variety of projects overseas, primarily in Latin America. She started her work in the intercultural field in 2001, when working with students from Asia and Latin America and helping them adjust to Canadian society. She then moved on to independent consulting, facilitating intercultural communication seminars & workshops for a variety of clients from Edmonton. Litzy has also lived and worked abroad in Cuba, Chile and Mexico. Litzy specializes in intercultural competency, cross-cultural intelligence and diversity & inclusion training. She also teaches an online course on Cross Cultural Intelligence at NAIT. She has received training from the Summer Institute of Intercultural Communication in Portland, Oregon and completed a Certificate in Intercultural & Diversity studies through the University of British Columbia. Besides her native English, Litzy is fluent in Spanish. Litzy was a board member for the Centre for Race and Culture in Edmonton from January 2017 to January 2019.

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Micro-Inequities in the Workplace

A micro-inequity is a behavior, a subtle form of discrimination where a person is singled out, devalued, overlooked, or ignored due to their accent, ethno-racial identity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, socio-economic class, disability, or membership in a minoritized group. Micro-inequities have negative impacts on workplaces and the wellbeing of individuals and communities. In this workshop, participants will have a good understanding of micro-inequities, the way they impact individuals and workplaces, how to identify and respond to such behaviours, and how to implement preventive strategies. Focusing on education as the key to promoting inclusion and respect, the workshop’s main objectives to enhance the capacity of participants in addressing and challenging discrimination and inequity include:

  • Raising awareness around micro-inequities
  • Support skill development in the area of anti-discrimination to mitigate and intervene in instances of micro-inequities
  • Promoting inclusive communication skills and service delivery
  • Leading to new behaviors including reducing discriminatory habits and attitudes

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Anti-Racism Education

This training aims to empower the participants by focusing on mobilizing anti-racism knowledge and providing tools for prevention, intervention, and meaningful ally-ship. Participants with varying levels of experience and knowledge of bias, discrimination, and racism will be able to work through the material at a level that is meaningful to them. They will deepen their understanding of racism and its history, how it impacts communities and workplaces, how to support racial equity. After participating in this training, participants will be able to:

  • Develop a common understanding of the concepts related to race, racialization, and racism
  • Understand the history of racism and current realities in the international and national contexts
  • Recognize the impacts of racism on an individual, institutional and societal level and the importance of anti-racism education
  • Gain experience with tools for responding to situations of racial discrimination
  • Learn anti-racist strategies to support racial equity in policies and practices

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Understanding and Mitigating Bias

Taking an intersectional approach, this workshop will help participants to build their understanding of bias and practice steps that can be taken to limit the impact of unconscious biases on our decisions and behaviours. Participants will enhance their self-awareness of their own biases, build understanding of their social conditioning, and examine behaviour versus intention in professed values and daily behaviours. Through case studies and interactive exercises, participants will identify their biases and assumptions, and learn how strategies to mitigate biases at the personal and organizational levels.  After participating in this training, participants will be able to:

  • Understand and define the concept of unconscious bias
  • Recognize personal and organizational biases and the way they impact our behaviours, interactions, and decisions
  • Identify and use tools and strategies to mitigate their personal and organizational biases

Join our upcoming online public workshop session on November 9th 2021, 1:00 – 4:00 PM (MST) !

Note, this workshop is sponsored by REACH Edmonton; their generous support made it possible to offer this training for a discounted rate.

To register for our upcoming public workshop on November 9th click here.

Effective Intercultural Practice

This workshop will examine the concept of culture, the effect culture has on one’s personal and professional life, as well as the role that our cultural norms and expectations play in our interactions with others. It will equip the participants with practical tools to reflect on their programs and services, apply strategies to challenge cultural bias and discrimination, practice intercultural communication to create a more inclusive workplace where colleagues and clients from different cultural backgrounds feel valued and respected. In this session, participants will:

  • Explore culture, cultural norms, and the way our own cultural lens influences our work
  • Understand our cultural biases and the way they can lead to discrimination
  • Understand intercultural practice in the context of social inclusion and equity
  • Use culturally informed practices to guide their interactions for effective intercultural communication

Check back for upcoming dates.