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Previous Events

July 2022

Supporting 2SLGBTQIA+ People Within Faith Communities - July 12, 2022

The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is pleased to invite Dr. Brian Carwana, Executive Director of Encounter World Religions, to facilitate a discussion with local Faith Leaders, Pastor Sandie Thomas, Rabbi Seth Goran and Imam Abd Alfatah Twakkal. These leaders will discuss how their communities of faith support members of the LGBTQ+ and help them feel included and valued. Rabbi Seth Goren: Hillel Ontario's Chief Executive Officer and PhD student at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. Pastor Sandie Thomas: Senior Pastor of Spiritual Blessing Lighthouse ministries in London ON and a church to serve her community in the Black Creek and Tretheway area of Toronto. Imam Abd Alfatah Twakkal: One of the founding members of the Council of Imams and the intercultural community relations coordinator at the Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration in London.

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Intersectional Realities: Resisting, Supporting, Healing - July 21, 2022

On May 17, 2020, we observed the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia. The focus was on breaking the silence – examining the many ways we must tell our stories, claim space, establish our voices, and ensure we are heard. This presentation will draw attention to the continued resistance needed in your organization where 2SLGBTQIA+ members of our community may remain “invisible” due to a myriad of reasons. In this workshop we examine the ways we must work at ensuring 2SLGBTQIA+ members are seen and heard. Dr. Andrew B. Campbell (ABC) has been an educator for over 25 years, presently at the University of Toronto and Queens University. He is also an author, workshop facilitator, and motivational speaker.

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June 2022

Allyship against Islamophobia - June 8 2022

This session will highlight the need for action against Islamophobia in our community. It will encourage attendees to consider tangible ways to demonstrate their solidarity with Muslim-identifying people. Participants will be prompted to think critically when demonstrating Allyship and will be offered practical considerations when intervening.

Our Guest Speaker, Rumina Morris is an Anti-Racism, Anti-Oppression, Equity and Inclusion expert providing consulting and coaching services to leaders and organizations who are committed to affecting change. She has spent over 17 years in leadership positions where she has managed diverse teams in the human services sector and currently serves as the City of London's Director of Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression.

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May 2022

Understanding Experiences of Anti-Asian Racism in Canada - May 26, 2022

Amy Go, President of the Chinese Canadian National Council, will connect historical anti-Asian racism to the present context of systemic inequities experienced by Chinese and East Asian Canadian communities. Amy will highlight Chinese Canadian communities to generate discussions about identity development and building a sense of belonging within communities.

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Reflections of Asian Heritage Month: Examining allyship - May 19, 2022

As we celebrate Asian Heritage Month in Canada, it is critical to reflect on what this celebration means for Asian and non-Asian communities. Samya Hasan, Executive Director of the Council of Agencies serving South Asians (CASSA), will explore the colonial role in forming the Asian and South Asian identities. What does this mean for South Asian communities and non-profit and charity organizations serving these communities today? The session will also reflect on the state of the non-profit sector related to South Asian, other racialized, and immigrant communities. How has the pandemic impacted the role that the non-profit sector plays? Finally, the session will highlight the Council of Agencies Serving South Asians' (CASSA) 2022 South Asian Heritage Month campaign and the focus on mental health in South Asian communities.

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Feburary 2022

Black History Month Speaker Series

Black History Month is celebrated every February to honor, recognize, celebrate, and discuss the legacies of Black people in Canada and around the world. 

Western acknowledges and celebrates Black History Month, and encourages the campus and London communities to listen, learn and discuss.

The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is pleased to host its inaugural virtual speaker series celebrating Black excellence. These events are free of charge, but advance registration is required. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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