Note: Online Course hosted through the Anima LMS (you will be sent a link after registration to get into the site). The course includes three interactive 1.5 hour webinars.
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. 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. Sessions will be available for download if missed.
Black Histories in Canada: Who is here and When did they Come?
- The historical context of Black migration to Canada
- Systemic and generational gains and setbacks
- Inter-cultural relations in Canada
- Take-away Tips
Anti-Black Racism in the Canadian Workplace: What might you hear/ see?
- Passively being an identity vs actively knowing it
- Statistics on the impact of being Black
- Direct/indirect forms of ABR – Micro/macro inequities
- Personal Leadership Next Steps
- Take-Away Tips
Taking up the mantle: Organizational next steps
- Critiquing the Water Cooler Shorthands
- Black identity as an organizational competency
- 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.
Date: October 7th- 21st, 2020. Webinars are October 7th, 14th and 21st from 1 – 3:00pm Eastern Standard Time.
Location: Online Course hosted through the Anima LMS (you will be sent a link prior to the course date).
Fee: $250 USD plus HST.
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.