Inclusion Days 2021


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MARCH 15-17, 2021

What is belonging? How do we find belonging at York while studying, teaching, working and engaging in a virtual world?

Join the Centre for Human Rights, Equity & Inclusion in a series of free talks and interactive, skills-based workshops to explore and engage with belonging as a concept and  a nexus between equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Registration links below!

Please also feel free to distribute our poster, which you can download here: Inclusion Days 2021 Poster.



Tuesday, March 16 @ 1:00-2:30PM

Creating & Fostering Intentional Spaces of Belonging in a Virtual World

Presented By: Andrew B. Campbell (DR. ABC), Ph.D., M.Ed., B.A., Dip. Ed., OCT


“Belonging is a manifestation of deep connection.” (Biss, 2019).

What are the barriers in our institutions that impact belonging?

How do we move from surviving to thriving in a virtual world?

How do we ensure our school’s culture and climate is one where our students feel a genuine sense of belonging?

What are those inclusionary practices that can ensure we create and foster belonging within our institutions?

In this workshop we will examine these questions and provide additional tools to create a deeper sense of inclusion and belonging in our schools so that our students, staff and colleagues can truly see themselves reflected in how we offer education and schooling.

Register here.

Wednesday, March 17 @ 11:00 – 12:30PM

Belonging in a Digital World

Presented By: Bex Hong Hurwitz, founder of Tiny Gigantic


When did you first feel you belonged online, that you were seen and in community with others? Where were you? Who were you with? What were you doing?

To me, belonging in the digital world means having ways to safely and freely use digital tools to speak and express ourselves, build power together in social movement, and create and dream together. This means having safe spaces where I can engage with people I choose to, question, learn, play, change, experiment, and where I can represent myself how I choose.

In this talk, I’ll share examples of ways that I am working to make a digital world where I belong in these ways. I’ll share perspectives on codesign; design justice and encoding a more inclusive internet one emoji at a time; on digital security and surveillance; and our right to private communication on and offline in our public socializing, organizing for social justice, and our most intimate exchanges.

Register here.



Monday, March 15 @1:00-2:30PM

Allyship and Inclusion

Presented by: Student Community & Leadership Development (SCLD) and

Centre for Human Rights. Equity and Inclusion (REI)


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.

Register here.


Wednesday, March 17 @1:30-3:00PM

Emojis as Digital Language

Presented by: Bex Hong Hurwitz and Arlene Ducao


Emojis have become a part of our digital language.  We use emojis to relay messages, express emotions, sling slang.

Anyone can submit a proposal to the Unicode Consortium’s Emoji Subcommittee for a new emoji. Only a few are accepted.

In this workshop, we’ll discuss the roles emojis play in our lives and communication, how we make meaning with and from emojis. We’ll imagine emojis that represent our personal experiences, cultures, and lives. We’ll learn about the Unicode Consortium and internet standards and ask questions about who proposes emojis, judges proposals, and determines what becomes an emoji.

Participants will leave with practical information about how to propose emojis and deeper understanding of internet standards and how a more inclusive internet can be encoded.

Register here.


Wednesday, March 17 @ 3:00-4:30PM

Respectful Dialogue Across Differences

Presented by Student Community Leadership and Development (SCLD)


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 though 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.

Register here.