Education & Professional Development

The Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion (REI) helps facilitate learning to instill human rights, equity and inclusion in all facets of York’s operations and governance.

We provide workshops, training, community events, and knowledge exchange opportunities that:

  • Support students, staff and faculty in navigating current REI trends and topics;
  • Showcase community thought-leaders; and
  • Support the development of a culture of respect, equity, diversity and inclusion at York University.

Training and Workshop Requests

REI offers off-the-shelf and custom training sessions for groups or units to best respond to topics and concerns relevant to the unit.

With a focus on facilitating equitable and inclusive dialogue, training sessions are available by request to faculty, staff and students.

Complete our online form to request a workshop. Please note, under regular circumstances, we require at least three weeks’ notice to schedule and prepare training.

Off-the-Shelf Training Sessions

*note all sessions (titles bolded) below listed as drop-down options

Requesting and Accessing Accommodations

Participants receive a detailed overview of the rights and responsibilities in the accommodations process based on the Ontario Human Rights Code, such as those involving disability (including mental health), creed (religion), and sex/gender.

In addition to learning how to request and respond to accommodation needs, participants will learn strategies that will assist in increasing inclusion and accessibility in the York community.

Creating and Maintaining Positive Space

This is a “101” session that will explore gender and sexual diversity, as well as homophobia and transphobia specific to the campus experience. Learn about using inclusive language, being a supportive ally, campus resources, and creating safer spaces on campus for gender and sexually diverse students, staff and faculty.

In addition to being a component of the REDI© certificate, participants will earn a positive space sticker for display in offices or on personal effects.

Addressing and Responding to Sexual Harassment

In this interactive session, participants will examine various scenarios aimed at obtaining strategies and sharing best practices on how to identify, prevent, and respond to instances of sexual harassment on campus

Acknowledging and Addressing Racism

Participants gain an understanding of the impact of racially-based microaggressions and implicit bias. and obtain strategies on how to recognize and address these barriers to inclusive spaces on campus.

How to Integrate Employment Equity and Racial Inclusion

Employees gain an understanding of the impact of microaggressions and implicit bias on racial equity in the workplace and share best practices for reducing and eliminating these barriers.

Human Rights 101

This workshop is for students participating in a work-study program. At the end of the workshop, participants will:

  • Understand the Ontario Human Rights Code (1962) and its implications for building a respectful workplace culture
  • Discuss key human rights terms and definitions and apply this information in potential workplace case scenarios
  • Share best practices and strategies for providing inclusive and equitable services

Unconscious Bias

Participants become aware of unconscious bias and perception filters. Through the session, participants:

  • Understand that there are factors in your decision-making that you are not aware of
  • Brainstorm strategies to change our behaviour and ways of thinking
  • Increase your capacity as inclusive leaders

Inclusive Leadership

Through this leadership, participants will:

  • Reinforce common understandings of key principles related to inclusive leadership and advocacy;
  • Build capacity of participants to support their peers and lead with awareness of their own positionality; and
  • Practice applying effective leadership strategies.

Promoting Diversity and Inclusion

This introductory session will help participants gain an understanding key terms, principles, and policies that frame and inform diversity and inclusion practices. Through discussion and reflection, participants will have an opportunity to strengthen their ability to foster inclusive spaces within the York community.

Academic Integrity and Universal Design

Participants will:

  • Develop an understanding of universal design and academic integrity in an educational environment;
  • Consider the ways universal design can become part of a teaching strategy; and
  • Obtain strategies for ensuring academic integrity while also providing inclusive learning experiences.

Challenging Organizational Structures

Participants will:

  • Develop an understanding on how organizational cultures can perpetuate systemic disadvantages;
  • Participants will be given an overview of rights and responsibilities within diverse organizational environments; and
  • Consider how engagement can create positive impacts and change within organizational cultures.

Freedom of Speech at York University

Participants will:

  • Understand freedom of speech in a Canadian context;
  • Overview and discussion about current controversies and resolutions; and
  • Understand what is considered private speech and what is considered public speech.

Recognizing Resilience in Communities

Participants will:

  • Engage in discussions about community resilience in the face of disadvantage and hardship;
  • Consider the ways barriers and discrimination shape our perspective of communities under duress; and
  • Reconsider how to engage and foster inclusivity across multiple groups and spaces.

Students

Student Leaders

Are you a student leader with a passion for upholding human rights and creating equitable, inclusive communities?

We have partnered with Student Community and Leadership Development (SCLD) to embed human rights, equity and inclusion content into York’s student leadership programs.

Visit the SCLD webpage, or contact chrwkshp@yorku.ca to learn more and get involved.

Are you REDI©? Get your certificate

Our REDI© (Respect, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) training series can help you gain information and develop skills to promote equity and inclusion at York and beyond.

Attend at least three of the following workshops to receive a REDI© certificate of completion.

Register

Request a workshop

Are you interested in training for your club, unit or group?

Fill out our training request form and we’ll be in touch!

Staff

REDI© Certificate Training Series

Our REDI© (Respect, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) training series can help you gain information and develop skills to promote equity and inclusion at York and beyond.

The REDI© series is part of the YELC employee training offered in partnership with Talent Acquisition and Development.

Attend at least three sessions to receive your REDI© certificate of completion. Training can also be tracked as part of employee professional development and learning plans.

Register today!

Request a workshop

Are you interested in training for your unit, department, or group?

Fill out our training request form and we’ll be in touch!

Faculty

Knowledge Exchange

Throughout the 2019-2020 academic year, REI will host a knowledge exchange series featuring thought-leaders who are advancing human rights, equity and inclusion through their teaching and research.

The series will highlight innovative faculty and graduate students at York and within the GTA, will stimulate dialogue, and will help highlight York University’s contributions as a leader in the sphere of human rights, equity and inclusion.

Check back soon for more details!

REDI© Certificate Training Series

Our REDI© (Respect, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) training series can help you gain information and develop skills to promote equity and inclusion at York and beyond.

Attend at least three sessions to receive a REDI© certificate of completion.

Register today!

Request a workshop

Are you interested in training for your unit, department, or group?

Fill out our training request form and we’ll be in touch!

Connect with an Education & Communications Advisor

  • Discuss a training session for your group/unit
  • Strategize about how to apply human rights, equity, and inclusion to your portfolios
  • Learn how to use the Inclusion Lens to plan your events