2018/19 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).

At Glendon

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 Cultures
Thursday January 31, 2019; 10:00-11:30am; GH219
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
Thursday February 14, 2019; 10:00-11:30am; GH219
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
Thursday February 28, 2019; 10:00-11:30am; YHA224
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
Thursday March 14, 2019; 10:00-11:30am; YHA224
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.

Staff (non-Managers) & Students

Complete at least 3 of our 2018-2019 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:

 Understanding & Accessing Accommodations

Thursday January 31, 2019; 12:30-2:00pm; GH219

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

Thursday February 14, 2019; 12:30-2:00pm, GH219

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 & Responding to Sexual Harassment

Thursday February 28, 2019; 12:30-2:00pm; YHA224

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 Racism

Thursday March 14, 2019; 12:30-2:00pm; YHA224

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 2018-2019 workshops will receive a REDI Certificate of Completion ("Human Rights in the Digital Age" series included)!

At Keele

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

Complete at least 3 of our 2018-2019 workshops to receive a Certificate of Recognition!

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

elephant icon  Challenging Organizational Cultures

Tuesday March 5, 2019; 11:30am-1:00pm; YL 280N

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 March 12, 2019; 11:30am-1:00pm; 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 March 19, 2019; 11:30am-1:00pm; YL 280N

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 March 26, 2019; 11:30am-1:00pm; 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.

Staff (non-Managers) & Students

Complete at least 3 of our 2018-2019 workshops to receive a Certificate of Recognition!

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

 Requesting & Accessing Accommodations

Tuesday October 16, 2018; 11:30am-1:00pm; YL 280A
Wednesday June 26, 2019; 9:30am-11:00am; YL 280A

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

Tuesday October 23, 2018; 11:30am-1:00pm; YL 280A
Wednesday July 3, 2019; 9:30am-11:00am; YL 280A

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 & Responding to Sexual Harassment

Tuesday October 30, 2018; 11:30am-1:00pm; YL 280A
Wednesday July 10, 2019; 9:30am-11:00am; YL 280A

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 Racism

Tuesday November 6, 2018; 11:30am-1:00pm; YL 280A
Wednesday July 17, 2019; 9:30am-11:00am; YL 280A

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 2018-2019 workshops will receive a REDI Certificate of Completion ("Human Rights in the Digital Age" series included)!

Managers & Supervisors

Complete at least 3 of our 2018-2019 workshops to receive a Certificate of Recognition!

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

 How to Enable Accommodations

Tuesday January 29, 2019; 9:30am-11:00am; YL 280A
Tuesday June 4, 2019; 9:30am-11:00am; 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 February 5, 2019; 9:30am-11:00am; YL 280A
Tuesday June 11, 2019; 9:30-11:00am; YL 280A

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 Address Sexual Harassment

Tuesday February 12, 2019; 9:30am-11:00am; YL 280A
Tuesday June 25, 2019; 9:30am-11:00am; 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 address sexual harassment in the work environment, and how to respond to disclosures.

 How to Integrate Employment Equity & Racial Inclusion

Tuesday February 26, 2019; 9:30am-11:00am; YL 280A
Tuesday June 18, 2019; 9:30am-11:00am; 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.

Additional Professional Development Opportunities

For Work/Study Students

Human Rights 101

September 24, 2018, 11:30am - 1pm, KT 519
October 1, 2018, 11:30am - 1pm, GH219 (Glendon)
January 10, 2019, 11:30am -1pm, 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 2018-19 workshops!

For Faculty

 

 

Unconscious Bias and Cultural Competency (Graduate Supervision)
Date and time TBC

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

 

Navigating Sensitive Conversations in the Classroom – Faculty Session

Monday October 22, 2018; 1:00pm-2:30pm; KT 519

Reflecting on the role we have as individual’s in making York University an inclusive space, it is important to recognize classrooms as spaces primarily occupied by students. Increasingly, the classroom is being perceived as a fraught space, despite best efforts to create an atmosphere conducive to teaching and learning. Often, this shift occurs when personal identities are brought into the discussion. How can faculty members navigate sensitive conversation in the classroom, especially when they may be tangential to the topics being studied? This session, developed by the Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion (REI), will offer faculty support in navigating sensitive conversations in the classroom and promoting respectful dialogue.

Participants may expect to:

  • Update information about shifts in language, pedagogy, knowledge
  • Engage in conversations about equity and inclusion in the classroom/department
  • Review faculty roles and responsibilities (with regards to the Ontario Human Rights
    Code and York University policies)
  • Increase their ability to mitigate difficult circumstances in the classroom

 

Inclusive Leadership

Wednesday November 21, 2018; 10:00am-12:00pm; 519 KT

Establishing equitable policies, procedures and curriculum plans is essential to creating working and learning environments that enable all to bring their whole selves in service of common goals. But without changes in values, beliefs and behaviors that dominate the workplace, the status quo of cultural homogeneity remains remarkably stubborn. In the wake of homogeneity frequently follows diminished innovation, a sense of detachment, declining personal performance - even interpersonal conflict.
How do we change culture? Each of us has a role to play to create environments of inclusion and belonging. Inclusive leaders stimulate creative thinking, productivity and well-being in the classroom and in teams. In this seminar, we will look at the aspirational elements of inclusive leadership for a diverse and globalized institution of higher education. Designed for faculty and non-academic leaders, this session provides an interactive opportunity to consider the “LUCCC” model, an approach that extends conventional theories of leadership.

Participants may expect to:

  • Understand the growing importance of inclusivity for the future of work.
  • Consider the role of cultural competency and dismantling unconscious bias to build
    stronger teams.
  • Increase the ability to create an atmosphere of trust.
  • Explore concepts through engagement with interactive case studies.

 

Disability and Accommodations: Training for Faculty

Monday January 21, 2019; 11:00am-1:00pm; 519 KT

Increasingly society is being engaged by questions around accommodations, accessibility,
obligations and inclusion. Within an institution of higher education, how are faculty negotiating
the diverse requests and requirements from students and also within accommodation policies?
Understanding obligations is one part of the puzzle, but to further core values of equity and
inclusivity it is critical to move beyond baseline obligations and begin to develop inclusive plans for ensuring accessibility for students.
This session, developed by the Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion (REI) and Student
Accessibility Services (SAS), will offer faculty support in: determining essential requirements
and building them into their courses; analysis of and interpretive concerns regarding York
University’s Senate policy on academic accommodation; common issues that arise regarding
accommodation procedures; and the process of accommodation procedures as they are set by
SAS.

Participants may expect to:

  • Understand the broadening scope of the disability landscape, in particular as related to
    higher education;
  • Consider the parameters of essential requirements for courses;
  • Explore obligations arising from accommodation letters as produced by SAS;
  • Increase their ability to build in inclusive design principles in their courses while
    maintaining academic integrity.

 

Freedom of Speech…@YOU – Faculty Session

Thursday March 14, 2019; 11:00am-1:00pm; 519 KT

Increasingly, the term “freedom of speech” is used as a tool to exclude, target, and vilify those
holding different opinions. In this context, how do we navigate conversations when we are
accused of limiting someone’s freedom of expression? How can faculty encourage critical
thinking while ensuring that its expression is within the boundaries of the Ontario Human Rights
Code, Canadian hate speech laws, Student Codes of Conduct, and other professional regulations?
This session, developed by the Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion (REI), will offer
faculty support in: understanding freedom of speech in a Canadian context; navigating current
controversies and resolutions in the classroom; and promoting respectful dialogue.

Participants may expect to:

  • Understand freedom of speech in a Canadian context
  • Consider current controversies and resolutions
  • Understand the differences between private speech and public speech
  • Increase their ability to navigate difficult conversations in the classroom

 

Please note: these workshops are 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 2018-19 workshops!