2017/18 REDI Professional Development

Earn a REDI Certificate of Completion!

Simply attend at least three of the following workshops and complete our  REDI Online Tutorial (it is advised that you complete the online tutorial prior to attending the workshops).

PD for all - Human Rights in the Digital Age: The Polarization of #Everything

Join us for this workshop series exploring how contemporary human rights issues affect our every day interactions.

elephant icon  Challenging Organizational Structures
Tuesday November 7, 2017 | 12:30pm-2:00pm | KT 519
This workshop will focus on challenges experienced within organizational cultures (athletic, professional, academic, etc.) to consider how an overarching organizational culture can perpetuate systemic disadvantages.  Participants will be given an overview of rights and responsibilities within diverse organizational environments, to consider the possibility of positive impact and mechanisms of cultural change within organizations regarding equity, diversity and inclusion.

elephant icon  Understanding Freedom of Speech...@YOU
Tuesday November 14, 2017 | 12:30pm-2:00pm | YL 280N
In this workshop, participants will be given an overview about freedom of speech in a Canadian context, including current controversies and resolutions.  Participants will gain understanding about freedom of speech, including private and public speech and expressions.

elephant icon  Academic Integrity and Universal Design
Tuesday November 21, 2017 | 12:30pm-2:00pm | YL 280A
Participants in this workshop will learn about the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s provisions regarding universal design and accommodations in an educational environment.  Attendees will obtain strategies for ensuring academic integrity while also providing inclusive educational experiences.

elephant icon  Recognizing Resilience in Communities
Tuesday November 28, 2017 | 12:30pm-2:00pm | YL 280A
This workshop will engage participants in discussions about community resilience in the face of disadvantage and hardship.  While individuals and groups who face barriers and discrimination are often thought of only as under duress, the resilience of community engagement, including in challenging barriers and discrimination, offers space for workshop participants to reconsider how to engage and foster inclusivity across multiple groups and spaces.

PD For Staff (non-Managers) & Students

Complete at least 3 of our 2017-2018 workshops to receive a REDI Certificate of Completion ("Human Rights in the Digital Age" series included)!

The Human Rights professional development training program encompasses four 90-minute sessions sessions on the following topics:

 Requesting & Accessing Accommodations
Wednesday October 11, 2017 | 12:30pm-2:00pm | Glendon Rm A224
Thursday February 8, 2018 | 12:30pm-2:00pm | YL 305

In this workshop, participants will 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 & Maintaining Positive Space
Wednesday October 18, 2017 | 10:00am-11:30am | Glendon Rm A224
Thursday February 15, 2018 | 12:30pm-2:00pm | YL 305
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.

 Preventing & Responding to Sexual Harassment
Wednesday October 25, 2017 | 12:30-2:00pm | Glendon Rm A224
Thursday February 22, 2018 | 12:30pm-2:00pm | YL 305
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 & Addressing Racial & Ethnic Inequalities
Wednesday November 1, 2017 | 12:30-2:00pm | Glendon Rm A224
Thursday March 1, 2018 | 12:30pm-2:00pm | YL 305
In this workshop, participants will 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.

Participants are invited to attend any of the training sessions that best fit their needs. Participants  who complete at least 3 of our 2017-2018 workshops will receive a REDI Certificate of Completion ("Human Rights in the Digital Age" series included)!

PD For Managers & Supervisors

Complete at least 3 of our 2017-2018 workshops to receive a REDI Certificate of Completion ("Human Rights in the Digital Age" series included)!

The Human Rights professional development training program encompasses four 90-minute sessions sessions on the following topics:

 How to Enable Accommodations
Tuesday June 5, 2018 | 10:00am-11:30am | YL 280A
In this workshop, managers will receive a detailed overview of their responsibility to provide accommodations based on the Ontario Human Rights Code, such as those involving disability (including mental health), creed (religion), and sex/gender. Additionally, participants will learn strategies to increase inclusion and accessibility in the workplace.

How to Foster Positive Space
Tuesday June 12, 2018 | 10:00am-11:30am | KT 626
In this workshop, learn about gender identity and sexual orientation, the impact of homophobia and transphobia on employees, and how to better support LGBTQ* employees. 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.

 How to Prevent Sexual Harassment
Tuesday June 19, 2018 | 10:00am-11:30am | YL 280A
In this workshop, managers will learn about the impact of sexual harassment in the work environment and their responsibilities to address it. Managers will obtain strategies and share best practices on how to prevent sexual harassment from occurring in the work environment, and how to respond to disclosures.

 How to Integrate Employment Equity & Racial Inclusion
Tuesday June 26, 2018 | 10:00am-11:30am | YL 280A
In this workshop, managers will 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. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to develop retention strategies relevant to their workplace to support the professional development of their staff.

Participants are invited to attend any of the training sessions that best fit their needs. Participants  who complete at least 3 of our 2017-2018 workshops will receive a REDI Certificate of Completion ("Human Rights in the Digital Age" series included)!

Additional Training Opportunities

For Work Study Staff

Human Rights 101
Tuesday October 3, 2017 | 12:30pm-2:00pm | Glendon Rm A224
Wednesday October 4, 2017 | 10:00am-11:30am | KT 626
Thursday January 18, 2018 | 12:30pm-2:00pm | YL 280A

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

  • Have an understanding of 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
Please note: this workshop is not counted towards a Certificate of  Recognition. If you are interested in earning a REDI Certificate of Recognition, complete at least 3 of our other 2017-18 workshops!

For Faculty

Unconscious Bias and Cultural Competency (Graduate Supervision)
Friday November 17, 2017 | 9:00am-12:00pm | KT 626
This pilot seminar is primarily designed for faculty with a particular focus on the challenging areas of graduate supervision.  This offering is complementary to other university training on unconscious bias in recruitment.   At the end of the session, participants may expect to:

  • Understand the growing importance of cultural competency in the changing context of graduate education.
  • Reduce unconscious biases for faculty supervisors and staff members.
  • Improve capacity to identify interpersonal impediments to dispute resolution between parties.
  • Increase the ability to create an environment of trust.
  • Receive a confidential individual cultural competency report.
Please note: this workshop is not counted towards a Certificate of  Recognition. If you are interested in earning a REDI Certificate of Recognition, complete at least 3 of our other 2017-18 workshops!