“Diversity” is a blanket term used in education, services, institutions and business. In fact, “diversity speak” can supplant critical conversations about power, race and racism. What does it mean to move beyond diversity in a society that views itself as “post-racial”? What does it mean to pursue the difficult work of examining how privilege and power impacts the way we relate with each other and navigate our environments? What does it mean to be an effective anti-racism ally in contexts where “song, food, dance” are too often the focus?
Tim Wise is author of “White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son” and a prominent anti-racist writer and educator. Recently named one of “25 Visionaries Who are Changing Your World” by Utne Reader, he has spoken across the United States, Canada and Bermuda on racism and education, religion and the labor market. At this special pre-conference presentation for From Counting People to Making People Count: Organizational Inclusion Conference for Workplace and Service Environments, Tim Wise will provide essential insights on the intersection of race, racism and work, learning and service environments. This presentation is ideal for students, human resource and equity-promoting professionals, and anyone seeking to explore and build their own anti-racist practice and allyship.
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Pre-conference presentation flyer: PDF (212 KB)
Official conference dates: Thursday March 27 and Friday March 28 (early bird discount if you register before January 31)
Pre-conference presentation with Tim Wise: Wednesday March 26, 6:30 to 8:30 PM
Information for vendors: printable package (PDF, 239 KB)
Information for lunch panel presenters: printable package (PDF, 191 KB)
More information: phone 416-285-0368 | email firstname.lastname@example.org
Making People Count is your opportunity to learn from the experts and get trained in equity and inclusion. Organizations and workplaces are challenged to comply with legislation and respond to changing dynamics and demographics. It’s not about "ticking the checkboxes" anymore. We have to make people count and build excellent inclusion practices, policies and organizational cultures. Hosted in partnership between Turner Consulting Group and METRAC, Making People Count is designed to show you how.
Additional registration benefits:
What will I learn?
Making People Count will help you understand emerging equity and inclusion matters, implement learnings and monitor success. At other events, they may theorize about the issues but practical skills and concrete resources are rarely provided. Our sessions are designed for intermediate and advanced learning and infused with reflective opportunities and useful tools. Building equity and inclusion doesn’t have to be a mysterious process in organizations and workplaces - Making People Count will show you how. Session topics include:
Tim Wise, Anti-Racist Essayist, Author and Educator, pre-conference presentation and March 27 keynote: Tim Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators. Recently named one of “25 Visionaries Who are Changing Your World” by Utne Reader, Wise is the author of several books and articles has spoken across the United States, Canada and Bermuda on issues of racism and education, religion and the labor market.
Hon. Jean Augustine, Ontario’s Fairness Commissioner, March 28 keynote: Jean Augustine was appointed as the first Fairness Commissioner for Ontario in March 2007. She is known for years of service in community, education and government sectors and cares passionately about education and challenges faced by newcomers to the province. She has been honoured by many organizations for her leadership and community involvement. In 2009, she was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada.
Date: Tuesday April 8, 8:45 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: YWCA Elm Centre (87 Elm street, Toronto, Ontario, 2nd floor Boardroom, wheelchair accessible venue)
Cost: METRAC Members: $75 | Non-members: $90
Register now: printable form (PDF, 173 KB)
Facilitated by Tamar Witelson, METRAC’s Legal Director, and expert guest speakers. Geared to service providers and community leaders in the Greater Toronto Area, this training session will give you tools to better understand, communicate and respond to family law issues for women leaving a relationship, especially when abuse is involved.
It is known that being a single parent is related to experiencing multiple problems during and after family breakup. Difficulties after relationship breakdown are disproportionately experienced by women and children dealing with stress and instability, which affects their safety, health and well-being. Often partner abuse will continue after separation. Early legal information and support is key, and service providers are well-placed to provide help to women with the many legal and social challenges that follow the separation of parents. This day-long training explores issues women with children face when they leave a relationship, especially when there are issues of abuse. The day begins with a facilitated discussion and problem-solving session on the topic of trying to co-parent with an abusive ex-partner. Respected legal and community representatives will lead a discussion on additional challenges that a mother might face arising from vulnerability and stereotypes. Presentations will be made on specific topics, including: parental alienation and the Children’s Aid Society and their role when child abuse or neglect is an issue.
Registration includes a light lunch (please advise us of any dietary restrictions). Spaces are limited - register early.
More information: 416-392-9138 | email@example.com
This is an interactive, skill-building and awareness-raising forum for students, youth, service providers and educators. It focuses on how we can all take action to support youth who experience sexual violence, how we can get support, and how we can help each other. Held during the National Victims of Crime Awareness Week 2014 with the support of many community partners, this forum will explore important topics such as safety and legal issues; services and supports; technology; healing and self-care; reporting; and the role of service providers.
Register as a youth (up to age 25) or a service provider/teacher/adult ally and pick which sessions you will attend. (If you register as a youth, you will be able to attend youth-only sessions and sessions for everyone. If you register as a service provider/teacher/adult ally, you will only be able to attend sessions for everyone.)
A light lunch will be provided with vegetarian options.
This forum is hosted by METRAC and supported by several community partners. Funding provided by Department of Justice Canada.
Poster and full agenda: PDF (170 KB)
Date: Wednesday March 19, 12:00 to 1:30 PM (EST)
Speaker: Pearl Rimer, Dip.C.S., M.E.S., Manager of Child & Youth Advocacy Centre at Boost Child Abuse Prevention & Intervention
Register now: online
Staff, parents and caregivers want to do the best they can to ensure children in their care are happy and safe. This workshop is for everyone who is interested in learning the concepts of helping to keep children and youth safe from harm. Participants will be updated on: current trends in prevention; assumptions that have been made about children and safety; mixed messages children have received in the past appropriate messages for staff, parents and caregivers to give to children; practical safety tips; and how to talk to children and youth about safety.
This free webinar is a part of the May Be Me Campaign to raise awareness and funds to prevent violence against women and youth. It was launched by METRAC in 2012.
On May 31, express yourself in purple and join the movement to prevent violence. May Be Me is an annual campaign to raise awareness and funds to prevent violence against women and youth. Initiated by METRAC, the campaign supports the organization's prevention work and we hope to grow the campaign so other organizations doing violence prevention also benefit. Register and participate today - it's never too early or too late!