360 Hours: Developing Equity Literacy through Brave Conversations
Host: Shakil Choudhury
Date: Wednesday, March 29th, 2023
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. EST
Link to join: Will be posted prior to event
Research tells us that adults need about 360 hours to develop basic proficiency when learning English as an additional language. As people develop language literacy, we understand that it takes time, practice and intention to learn how to decode foreign characters into letters, then letters into words and sentences with meaning. What if we treated equity literacy the same way?
Like the ability to develop literacy in a new language, we also need to developing the skills needed to navigate and decode justice, equity and inclusion spaces — taking that same 360 hours to get comfortable recognizing and understanding patterns of discrimination at work and beyond.
Join us in this Anima Café to learn how we can use brave conversations to work towards that 360-hour benchmark to achieve literacy and proficiency in equity: the concepts, the ideas, and the patterns that are tied to data.
CVO and Co-Founder, Anima Leadership
Shakil is an award-winning educator, consultant and author with more than 25-years experience in the field of racial justice, diversity, equity and inclusion. He’s the author of Deep Diversity: A Compassionate, Scientific Approach to Racial Justice Deep Diversity. Written in an accessible, storytelling manner, many have called it a “breakthrough” book on issues of systemic racial discrimination due to its non-judgmental approach that integrates human psychology with critical race perspectives.
He coaches executive teams and has worked with thousands of leaders across sectors in Canada and the United States to help improve their diversity, inclusion and equity outcomes. He also specializes in designing and facilitating dialogue processes to resolve inter-group conflict, having led projects internationally as well as with organizations locally. As a South Asian-Canadian who immigrated from Pakistan as a young child, much of his passion for justice and overcoming polarization stems from his family’s civil war history. Shakil is also father to two high-spirited children, and regularly runs the trails near his home in Toronto as a way of clearing his head.