This interactive workshop intends to 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, and 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 cultural competency in the context of social inclusion and equity
- Use culturally-informed practices to guide their interactions for effective intercultural communication
About the facilitator
Elli Dehnavi: Holding a PhD in Cultural Studies, Elli is a university teacher, storyteller, and public educator. She has been actively engaged in the community to raise awareness about systemic discrimination. She has developed adult education resources, coordinated training programs, and managed support groups. Elli works with the Centre for Race and Culture as a Senior Consultant, and offers educational workshops on D&I, intercultural communication, unconscious bias, creating inclusive communities, refugee awareness, and gender equity.
Note: This workshop is sponsored by REACH Edmonton; their generous support made it possible to offer this training at a discounted rate.
Who Should Attend
- Social Service providers
- Front-line workers
- Community leaders
- HR professionals
- Community members