Challenging Anti-Black Racism: A Primer
Fall 2021 – REGISTRATION OPEN
Dates: Webinars are October 27 and November 3, 2021 from 1:00 – 3:30pm EST.
Registration Deadline: October 20, 2021
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 two 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. 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).
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.
- 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
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.
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.
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.
Dates: Webinars are October 27 and November 3 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: To be announced
Anima Cancellation Policy: There are no refunds for online courses, however we will offer 50% credit toward any other online courses.