Archive: October 2015

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October 2015

Designate your space Inclusive - with an Inclusive Space Poster

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The Centre for Human Rights (CHR) is pleased to be able to support York University's continued commitment to creating inclusive spaces across all campuses. CHR has created and begun to distribute posters featuring seven different York spaces with the following text:

Committed to an Inclusive Space

York University values Respect, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. We are committed to ensuring that this space is free from discrimination and harassment in accordance with the University's policies and the Ontario Human Rights Code.

There is no tolerance for discrimination and/or harassment.

If you experience or witness harassment and/or discrimination of any kind or have any questions about such behaviours, please contact:

Centre for Human Rights
416.736.5682 (Monday - Friday, 9am-5pm)

Please contact CHR to request a copy today!

Inclusion Day Conference 2016 - Call for Proposals

York University’s Centre for Human Rights is hosting its 7th annual Inclusion Day Conference on January 27, 2016, with the theme:

Human Rights & the University – Progressive? Constrained? Connected?

We invite proposals which critically analyze the current relationship between human rights and universities. Are universities serving as progressive engines in the area of social justice or are they a constraint in the fight for human rights? Are universities as connected with communities as they should be to drive social change? Are universities applying its academic and administrative knowledge towards social justice?

Proposals may focus on but are not limited to:

• Indigenous knowledge
• Intersectional identities
• Race and racialization
• Gender expression/expectations/performance
• (dis)Abilities
• Business, Science & Human Rights
• Sexual Violence
• University Policies & Procedures
• Religion/Spirituality
• Knowledge production and pedagogy
• Immigration/Refugee issues
• Community leadership & mobilisation
• Sexual orientation
• Social Media & Human Rights
• Employment Equity
• Human Rights & Pop Culture

Presenters may submit proposals for a 75 minute session in one of the following formats:
• Roundtable discussion
• Do-it-Yourself (DIY) workshop
• Individual or panel presentation
• Interactive workshop
• Dialogue process
• Artistic/Creative presentation & discussion

Proposals must be submitted no later than Friday, November 6, 2015 either by:
online submission:

The CHR's Human Rights 2015-2016 Training Schedule

The Centre for Human Rights is pleased to announce it’s 2015/2016 Human Rights Training Schedule for York faculty, staff and students!

Respect, equity, diversity and inclusion are grounding principles of York University. It is essential that students, staff and faculty know their rights and responsibilities under the Ontario Human Rights Code (1962) to ensure these key principles are upheld and reflected in our learning, working and living environments. Provided below is information for the upcoming REDI Certificate sessions.

To view the full Education Program or more information on the sessions or to register for a training, please visit:

REDI (Respect, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) Certificate Program for York Students, Staff, & Faculty

The goal of the REDI Certificate program is to enhance York’s understanding and competencies on the following Human Rights Topics:

  1. (dis)Ability, Mental Health & Stigma
  2. Positive Space
  3. Race & Ethnicity
  4. Sexual Violence Prevention

Human Rights Professional Development Certification Program for York Managers

The Human Rights professional development certificate program encompasses three 1 hour trainings on the following topics:

  1. Providing Accommodations & Increasing Accessibility
  2. Employment Equity & Retention Practices
  3. Sexual Harassment Prevention in the Workplace

Participants are invited to attend any of the training sessions that best fit their needs. For participants who attend all REDI or Manager training sessions, they will receive a certificate of completion for that program.

Human Rights Professional Development Training for York Administrative Staff

At the end of the workshop, participants will:

  • Have an understanding of the Ontario Human Rights Code (1962) and the Employment Equity Act and the implications for employees’ roles and responsibilities.
  • Discuss the obligations to increasing equity and inclusion in the workplace and the associated challenges.
  • Share best practices and strategies for providing inclusive and equitable services.

We look forward to increasing inclusion with you!

“Everything You Treasure - For a World Free from Nuclear Weapons", an exhibition by Soka Gakkai International Association of Canada (SGI)

Coming to Vari Hall Rotunda on October 13-16, 2015 from 10am-3pm daily, the CHR is proud to host “Everything You Treasure - For a World Free from Nuclear Weapons" created by Soka Gakkai International (SGI) with the support of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). This exhibition re-examines the nuclear weapons issue from diverse perspectives and attempts to bring together different areas of concern to build a broader constituency for nuclear abolition. First launched at the 20th World Congress of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) in Hiroshima in August 2012, it has since been shown at ICAN’s Civil Society Forum in Oslo in March 2013, and later at the UN Office at Geneva, during the Second Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the 2015 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference in April 2013. The first showing of the Japanese language version took place in Hiroshima in September 2013. The series of these 20 exhibits can be viewed at

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