In this 3-hour session, participants will be engaged in discussions on white privilege in the context of white supremacy and colonization, understanding racial trauma and how it is perpetuated, conversations on intersectionality and how various marginalized identities (e.g., gender, ability, class, sexual orientation, etc.) intersect to create unique experiences of oppression, and an exploration of ways to reduce unconscious bias and white privilege in the workplace. Through the use of role-playing, exercises methods of enacting allyship will be presented and practiced. The workshop will be highly interactive and participants are asked to be open to challenging their own ways of thinking. As facilitators we promise to give participants space, within reason, to explore difficult questions and concepts. (Note: This does not include the space to debate anyone’s human rights or humanity).
Combating Islamophobia: Building Allyship Workshop
This 3-hour session will examine structural, institutional, interpersonal, and internalized Islamophobia in both the Canadian and global context, including the impact of Islamophobia on Muslims. Participants will be guided through activities to help them uncover their unconscious biases and to recognize and confront Islamophobic microaggressions, including through applying the micro-interventions framework. Participants will also learn to recognize Islamophobia at the ideological and institutional levels along with some strategies to challenge these dimensions of Islamophobia. This workshop can also be offered in French upon request.
Anti-oppression and mental health: What's the relationship?
In this 3-hour session aimed at mental healthcare providers, we first explore some basic concepts such as unconscious bias and microaggressions, as well as what white supremacy looks like in our daily lives. We then focus on topics such as racial, colonial, and immigration trauma, the dehumanization of BIPOC peoples with mental health struggles, criminalization of BIPOC mental health, and exclusion of BIPOC people's experiences in mental health care. As always we ask difficult questions but we promise to give participants space, within reason, to explore difficult questions and concepts.
Responding to microaggressions: What can bystanders do?
This 3-hour session allows for time and space to practice micro-intervention strategies that bystanders can use when they witness racist microaggressions. Using forum theatre, this interactive workshop allows participants to use their own experiences to practice micro-intervention strategies in realistic ways so that when they are bystanders to microaggressions they may have the tools to respond and intervene.
Thinking big: Challenging white privilege & supremacy