Spring 2021 – COURSE FULL
Dates:
Webinars are May 4, 11 and 18, 2021 from 1:00 – 3:30pm EST.
Registration Deadline: April 27, 2021

Fall 2021 – REGISTRATION OPEN
Dates:
Webinars are October 13, 20 and 27, 2021 from 1:00 – 3:30pm EST.
Registration Deadline: October 6, 2021

Mahlon Evans-Sinclair, B.A., PGCE

This series presents a foundational understanding of how implicit anti-Black bias and micro-exclusions are resultant manifestations of a history of anti-Black racism (ABR) in Canada. In better understanding this link, leaders are supported to stop the cycles of discrimination through re-examining personal behaviour and organizational policies.

The three webinars offer in-depth analysis for any organization or school that wants to deepen their understanding of how systemic and embedded anti-Black racism works against the creation of a more equitable and inclusive society. In most institutions, anti-Black racism occurs in subtle ways, such as cultural cloning (majority-white leadership gravitating toward and favouring those like themselves) and assimilation at the expense or exclusion of Black communities and groups.

The impacts show up as invisible inter-generational unrealised potential, with 2016 StatCan data showing that while 94% of Black youth aged 15 to 25 aspired towards achieving a bachelor’s degree or higher, only 60% thought that they could.[1] They also appear as the ubiquitous exclusion of Black employees: a 2019 Catalyst Canada study showed that on average 41% of Black workers reported being highly on guard at work, with an average 68% thinking of quitting their jobs (as a result of being on guard).[2]

Being able to engage in conversations about anti-Black racism helps to support an environment where it does not become a problem to solve only through crises.  Rather, the ability to adopt and utilize this understanding reframes equity, diversity and inclusion as a societal solution.

[1] Education and Labour Market Integration of Black Youth in Canada. 2016.
[2] Empowering Workplaces Combat Emotional Tax for People of Colour in Canada. 2019.

Objectives

  • To increase people’s knowledge about themes in Canada’s history related to anti-Black racism and struggles for racial justice
  • To understand the ways in which anti-Black racism manifests in contemporary Canadian workplaces through implicit bias, preferential treatment and discriminatory comments and behaviours (micro-inequities)
  • To learn what personal and organizational practices can help break the cycle of anti-Black racism and create a more inclusive work environment for everybody

Outline

There will be three online content modules related to this course. Participants will be asked to engage with some pre-session content including reading/ listening to podcasts on some topics.  Sessions will be available for download if missed.

This course covers three typical and broad patterns of anti-Black racism in most institutional settings across the western world.

Module One: Over-Surveillance and Hyper-Vigilance

  • Historical context of the Black community
  • Systemic and generational gains and setbacks
  • What hyper-vigilance means for black bodies
  • What surveillance behaviours look like in organizations
  • Take-away Tips

Module Two: Lack of Advancement and Suppression

  • Statistics on the impact of being Black in the workplace
  • Direct/indirect forms of anti-Black racism – Micro/macro inequities
  • Human Resources statistics and realities
  • Take-Away Tips

Module Three: Punishment and Policies

  • Black identity as an organizational hazard
  • What punishing policies look and sound like
  • Interrupting anti-Black racism
  • Organizational Leadership Next Steps

Bonus Coaching: If you would like to continue your learning, you can book an individual coaching session with Mahlon. The coaching comes with a specialization in further understanding the dynamics of race, power and performance/learning in the organizational context. Please contact us for more information.

Created and led by Mahlon Evans- Sinclair, B.A., PGCE, Diversity and Inclusion Facilitator

Mahlon is an educator and facilitator with ten years of teaching, training and leadership experience within education. He has a deep understanding of how people learn and has designed and facilitated training for various stakeholders and organizations. Mahlon supports individuals and teams to develop competence and resilience when working in unfamiliar and sometimes challenging contexts. He has developed curricula for Teacher Training and Teacher Development courses, both in the UK and international contexts, incorporating concepts of equity and inclusion to the content knowledge and subsequent tools of application. Mahlon is concerned with empowering marginalized people to recognize and develop their own personal power as a means to thrive in their personal and social lives.  Mahlon is working on a podcast entitled Educating While Black which looks at the experience of vulnerability and resilience of Black leaders in schools.

With Parker Johnson, Anti-Racist Educator and Consultant

Parker Johnson is a settler of African descent and an independent consultant and active community member who has been working in the field of harassment and discrimination prevention, workplace equity and inclusion, conflict resolution, intergroup relations, and organizational change for over 15 years in Canada. He worked for the City of Vancouver for 10 years in the Equal Employment Opportunity Office. Prior to moving to Canada in 2002, he worked extensively in the US higher education administration, policy and research focusing on justice, diversity, equity and inclusion. Parker earned his MEd in administration, planning and social policy at Harvard University. Originally, from Boston (Wampanoag lands), Parker moved to Vancouver from Los Angeles,unceded territories of the sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) nations, in 2002.

Registration

Dates: Webinars are October 13, 20 and 27, 2021 from 1:00 – 3:30pm EST.

Registration Deadline: October 6, 2021

Location: Online Course hosted through the Anima LMS (you will be sent a link prior to the course date).

Fee: $300 USD ($390 CAD tax included). We keep 10% of spots open for a sliding scale. Please contact us for this option.  

Course Leader: Mahlon Evans-Sinclair, Diversity and Inclusion Facilitator with Parker Johnson, anti-racist educator.

Contact: Info@AnimaLeadership.com or (416) 516-8728

Anima Cancellation Policy: There are no refunds for online courses, however we will offer 50% credit toward any other online courses.