2023-2024 Fall & Winter Workshops

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Fall 2023


REDDI Mini-Series: Promoting Accessibility and Proactive Accommodations

Accessing and Responding to Accommodations

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.   

October 16, 2023, 10- 11:30 AM

Understanding and Accessing Family Status Accommodations

In this workshop, you'll learn more about what family status accommodation is and how to respond to requests. Participants will receive an overview of the rights and responsibilities in the accommodations process based on the Ontario Human Rights Code and relevant policies at York University, as well as some strategies that will assist in increasing inclusion and accessibility in the York community.

October 18, 2023, 1:00PM - 2:30PM

Démanteler le capacitisme : Briser les barrières à l’accès et l’inclusion (FR)

Le capacitisme est infusé dans les systèmes qui nous entourent; et cela nous rend tous moins capable. Rejoignez-nous pour discuter de comment changer nos approches, comment collaborer et s’appuyer les uns les autres pour éliminer les barrières à l’accès, et comment briser les systèmes qui maintiennent le capacitisme.

1 novembre 2023, 13h00 -14h30

Core Series

Challenging Bias in Decision-Making and Approaches to Difference

Participants will learn about how our brains develop and rely on biases, how these biases impact our perceptions and behaviours, and what we can do to prevent these biases from influencing our decisions, workplaces, and communities. This session will consider how biases can affect the systems we work within and offer some opportunities to consider how to remove the opportunity for bias within our systems.

October 24, 2023, 10:00AM - 11:30AM

Employment Equity Principles Towards Inclusion

This workshop focuses on effective ways to achieve equity in the workplace, highlighting the relevant policies and laws that support efforts to build healthy and inclusive workplace environments and cultures.

October 30, 2023, 1-2:30 PM


Core Series (continued)

Advancing Organizational Change to Foster a Culture of Belonging

Building on an understanding that organizations and institutions continue to embody many of the ways in which our society has created barriers to equity and inhibited inclusion, this session will consider discrimination from a systemic lens, and ask participants to engage in meaningful discussions on systems change. Participants will be invited to reflect on their own roles and positionalities within York and other organizations and communities and consider how to build collaborative responses to systemic inequities.

November 6, 2023, 1-2:30 PM

REDDI Mini-Series: Preventing Sex and Gender Harassment and Discrimination

Addressing and Responding to Sexual Harassment and Discrimination

In this interactive session, participants will become familiar with the legislation and policies that define sexual harassment and gain a general understanding of why sexual harassment continues to be pervasive in our society. Attendees 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. 

November 9, 2023, 10-11:30 AM

Créer et maintenir des espaces positifs (FR) ositive Space

Cette session « 101 » explore la diversité des genres et de la sexualité, ainsi que les manifestations d’homophobie et de transphobie sur les campus. Venez apprendre au sujet du langage inclusif, comment être un allié, et comment créer un campus davantage sécuritaire pour étudiants, membres du personnel, et membres de la faculté de genres et sexualités diverses.

28 novembre, 10h00 -11h30

Issues and Impacts of Misogynoir

This is an interactive session where participants discuss the issue of misogynoir, which shows how sexism and racism manifest in black women's lives to create intersecting forms of oppression". Participants explore the detrimental impacts of internalized racism as well as engage in a discussion about healing and self-care.

November 30, 2023, 1-2:30 PM



REDDI Mini Series - Promoting Accessibility and Proactive Accommodations

Challenging Notions of Ableism: Breaking Barriers to Social Inclusion

Looking at the construction of disability and the pervasiveness of ableism, this session will encourage participants to think critically about what it means to be “able” and what creating an ableism-free future could look like. This session will draw on examples of both individual and systemic discrimination and exclusion, and ask participants to actively engage in constructing responses to social exclusion.

December 4, 10-11:30 AM

REDDI Mini-Series: Preventing Sex and Gender Harassment and Discrimination (continued)

Do the Work: Intervening on Sex and Gender Harassment and Discrimination 

This praxis session will offer participants the opportunity to practice intervening in situations of sex or gender discrimination and harassment and relies on participants’ familiar with the concepts explored in the rest of this mini-series. Participants will be encouraged to bring their lingering questions, concerns and fears from previous sessions, and are welcome to try out some of the tools and strategies discussed. Mistake-making is encouraged, this is a learning and growing space.

December 5, 2023, 10-11:30

Winter 2024

Registration now available!


REDDI Mini-Series: Promoting Accessibility and Proactive Accommodations

Effective Insights and Approaches from Universal Design Principle

Participants will develop an understanding of universal design and academic integrity in an educational environment and consider the ways universal design can become part of a teaching strategy. Discussion and activities will offer opportunities for participants to obtain strategies for ensuring academic integrity while also providing inclusive learning experiences for all.

January 8, 2024, 1:00PM - 2:30PM

REDDI Mini-Series: Impact and Intersections of Creed-Based Harassment and Discrimination 

The History and Rise of Creed-Based Harassment and Discrimination in Society

Through the lens of the Ontario Human Rights Code and several key case-studies and scenarios, this session will explore the intersectionalities and impacts of creed-based discrimination and harassment, both historically and today. Participants will explore nuances of how creed-related issues are responded to in our society and encouraged to reflect on how their own behaviour may need to shift in order to promote a more inclusive campus

January 15, 2024, 10:00AM - 11:30AM

Effective Responses to Creed-Based Harassment and Discrimination 

This participatory session will look at how to respond effectively to creed-based discrimination and harassment. Participants will be asked to actively engage with scenarios and tools to foster inclusive situations and prevent discrimination and harassment. This session is designed to follow The History and Rise of Creed-Based Harassment and Discrimination in Society and participants are encouraged to have either taken that session or be familiar with some of the nuance of creed-based discrimination.

January 23, 2024, 11:00AM - 12:30PM

Do the Work: Dialogue Across Differences 

Through a series of engaging activities and reflection exercises participants who take part in this workshop will be able to: Identify personal limitations to engagement in dialogue across differences.

Identify what they need to engage in meaningful conversation through respectful dialogue without the intention of persuasion.

Develop personal strategies to manage emotions in order to look past individual differences and hear the humanity of someone’s lived experiences.

January 29, 2024, 1:00PM - 2:30PM


REDD Mini-Series: A Spotlight on Intersectional Anti-Racism Work and Black Inclusion

Acknowledging and Addressing Racism 

This workshop will help participants gain an understanding of how to recognize racism, how it can manifest, and what its impacts are. Participants will learn about strategies to address barriers to inclusive spaces and become familiar with relevant tools, policies, and legislation within the York context.

February 5, 2024, 1:00-2:30PM

Black Inclusion: Historic and Current Efforts to Dismantle Anti-Black Racism 

This session will follow the birth and development of anti-Black racism both globally and locally, and the historic and on-going efforts to dismantle it. Through case-studies and scenarios, participants will be offered tools and examples of how to respond to anti-Black racism in effective and sustainable ways.

February 14, 2024, 1:00PM -2:30PM

Do the Work: Intervening on Racism 

Please note that we strongly recommend participants to have attended at least one of the workshops above before attending this session.

This workshop will be highly participation-based and ask attendees to design strategies and practice tools to intervene in moments of racial discrimination, harassment, and microaggressions. Prior familiarity with these concepts is recommended.

February 26, 2024, 10:00AM - 11:30AM

Reconnaître et aborder le racisme (FR) 

Cet atelier aidera les participants à comprendre comment se manifeste le racisme, et quels sont ses impacts. Les participants découvriront des stratégies visant à éliminer les obstacles aux espaces inclusifs et s'exerceront à interrompre les commentaires racistes.

29 février 2024, 10h00 -11h30

REDDI Core Series - Addressing Discrimination Today
(Inclusion Week Offering - TBA)

Orienting Towards Allyship (Part 1) 

Through a series of engaging activities and reflection exercises participants who take part in this workshop will be able to:  Contextualize their social location based on their identity; Deepen their understanding of allyship in a personal and institutional setting.; Practice active allyship and develop strategies to have brave conversations.

Dates will be available prior to Inclusion Week during the first week of March

Lutter contre la discrimination (FR) 

Rejoignez-nous pour explorer des stratégies et des pratiques de réponse dans des situations de discrimination, afin de mieux créer une culture et une institution inclusive.

Dates will be available prior to Inclusion Week during the first week of March


Core Series (continued)

The Ecology of Allyship (Part 2)

In this follow up to our session Orienting Yourself to Allyship, this workshop explores the multiple roles people can play in building solidarity across lines of difference, examples of solidarity movements, and personal reflections on how to find your own stake in movements.

Please note, this is not an introductory or beginners workshop. You must attend Allyship Part 1 to join this session, or have previous organizing experience across lines of shared identities.

March 12, 2024, 10:00 to 11:30 AM

Understanding Freedom of Expression at York U   

This workshop is designed to strengthen participants’ understanding of the fundamental freedom of speech rights at York University and will give participants the opportunity to explore the features, limits, and tensions that come with free expression.    

 March 18, 2024, 1:00PM -2:30PM

REDDI Mini-Series: Preventing Sex and Gender Harassment and Discrimination

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.

March 28, 2024, 10:00 - 11:30AM