The Department of Equity and Inclusive Communities delivers or co-sponsors a number of events to promote awareness and engagement with topics falling within our mandate.
The time has come to re-examine what healing from sexual violence is defined as, and push for the current counselling methodologies to evolve. Abundant Approaches: Exploring Inclusive Healing for Sexual Violence recognizes that there are many paths to healing and often, these diverse paths intersect with diverse identities and lived experiences. Groups who traditionally experience oppression in the medical model may find more healing options that exist outside this path. This Speakers Series will provide professional development workshops to frontline sexual assault support workers and advocates. This is a space to question, learn, and unlearn what abundant practices to healing can look like.
All sessions take place on the second Tuesday of that month and run from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Our April 13th panel is “Exploring Healing through Accountability”. For so long many looking to end sexual violence have relied on criminal justice system responses for accountability. This session will explore a mix of approaches to accountability that fall both inside and outside of these formal systems.
With panelists including Daniella Noël (SafetyLabs Project Director at Kind Space) and Lisa Joly (Associate Director of Circles of Support and Accountability Canada), this panel is sure to provide front line support workers with a professional development experience that will broaden your therapeutic understanding of healing spaces.
Please click the button below to register for the sessions.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic, members of the Asian diaspora have been subjected to increasing blame, stigma, verbal and physical attacks. No matter its form, it is unacceptable. The “We Rise Together: Stopping Anti-Asian Racism” forum on May 13 will feature leaders in the Asian-Canadian community discussing the disturbing rise of anti-Asian racism in Canada and abroad over the past year. Please join us for this difficult but important dialogue.
Panelist details and a registration form can be found below.
Date: Thursday, May 13th, 2021
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (EST)
Link: We Rise Together
A Conversation With:
- Moderator: Yanling Wang, Professor, Carleton University
- Daniel Quan-Watson, Deputy Minister at Government of Canada Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs
- Xiaobei Chen, Professor, Carleton University
- Yuen Pau Woo, Independent Senator, Senate of Canada
- Falice Chin, Executive Producer of News at CBC Ottawa
Welcome and Introduction:
- Michael F. Charles, Assistant Vice-President and University Advisor, Equity and Inclusive Communities (EIC), Carleton University
Date: March 31, 2021
Time: 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Zoom (details will be emailed to registrants closer to the event date)
March 31 is the International Transgender Day of Visibility. To recognize this day, please join us from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for a discussion of the ways transphobia and transmisogyny manifest on university campuses, and how faculty, staff, and students can work to make their classrooms and study spaces safer and more welcoming places for their trans colleagues and peers. This panel will also include discussion on the deeper meaning that solidarity between transgender people and their cisgender allies holds for our communities.
|Departments / Organizations||Event Name||Date / Time||Link|
|CUSA RISE||Recognizing Racial Slurs||Feb. 8, 2021 @ 4PM||Register|
|CUSA RISE||Snatched Hair: A workshop and Conversation on Beauty in Blackness||Feb. 12, 2021 @ 6PM||Register|
|CUSA RISE||Soul Rhythm: Understanding Music through the Black Lens||Feb. 24, 2021 @ 6PM||Register|
|THE CHIAM CENTRE||Blog -Featuring Stories About Black Health and Wellness in Canada||Deadline: Feb. 24, 2021||Submit|
|Carleton Ravens Athletics||Race and Sport: Addressing Problems of Equity, Barriers to Access & Discrimination in Sport||Feb. 25, 2021 @ 6PM||Info|
|Consent Action Team||Consent Changemakers: Black Students in Canada Addressing Sexual Violence at Universities||Feb. 25, 2021 @ 12PM||Register|
|CUSA RISE||Black Queer and Trans Theories||Feb. 26, 2021 @ 6PM||Register|
|ACMP||3rd Annual Black History Month Event||Feb. 27, 2021 @ 6:30PM||Register|
|School of Social Work’s Black History Committee||A Black History Celebration||March 6, 2021 @ 7PM||Register|
To learn more about black history from an expert, please visit: https://newsroom.carleton.ca/2021/carleton-experts-available-black-history-month-3/
At Carleton University, January 25th to January 29th, 2021, is Sexual Assault Awareness Week! The Department of Equity and Inclusive Communities along with campus and community partners will be hosting a variety of events and workshops for you to attend virtually throughout the week.
On Wednesday January 27th, support groups for survivors will be hosted from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. These support groups will be facilitated by the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Ottawa. You can register for an 8-week program for survivors of sexual violence to share and find support in the community.
Finally, on Thursday January 28th, The Womxn’s Centre is hosting a Bystander Intervention Training workshop from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Join the Womxn’s Centre and the Dandelion Initiative for an Empowered Bystander Intervention Training! The goal of this workshop is to leave with concrete actions and language that can be used in real time to de-escalate and prevent harmful behaviours while supporting survivors.
Additionally, join us for a Netflix Watch Party screening of the feminist classic, Clueless from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.! There will be chances to win gift card prizes with fun trivia throughout the movie!
Traditional Medicine Workshops with Joseph Pitawanakwa
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Join Joseph Pitawanakwat for a virtual workshop on understanding Awaadiziwin (knowledge) and its role in achieving Bimaadiziwin (life).
This workshop will place take from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Keynote Event: “Stories Spark Change: An evening with Chanel Miller, hosted by Eternity Martis”
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Carleton University, Ryerson University, and Wilfrid Laurier University are proud to present a noteworthy keynote speaker titled “Stories Spark Change: An evening with Chanel Miller, hosted by Eternity Martis”. This event features two prominent voices today on campus life, sexual violence and the experiences that racialized survivors in the institutions that we are a part of. You will not want to miss these two best-selling authors that will dive deep into conversation on how to reclaim one’s voice, story and experiences that can create a space for justice and healing.
Tickets are FREE for Ryerson, Laurier and Carleton University staff, students and faculty. There is limited space for this powerful event, so make sure you register today to reserve a space for this ground-breaking conversation. The event will be hosted via zoom, and it will feature an opening by student survivors, followed by Chanel and Eternity’s discussion.
Chanel Miller is a writer and artist who received her BA in Literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her critically acclaimed memoir, KNOW MY NAME, was a New York Times bestseller, a New York Times Book Review Notable Book, and a National Book Critics Circle Award winner, as well as a best book of 2019 in Time, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, NPR, and People, among others. She is a 2019 Time Next 100 honoree and a 2016 Glamour Woman of the Year honoree under her pseudonym, “Emily Doe.”
Visit Chanel-Miller.com for more information.
Eternity Martis is an award-winning Toronto-based journalist and editor. She is the course developer and instructor of “Reporting On Race: Black Communities in the Media” at Ryerson’s school of journalism, the first course of its kind in Canada. Eternity’s bestselling debut memoir, They Said This Would Be Fun: Race, Campus Life, and Growing Up, is featured on must-read book lists including Now magazine, the Globe and Mail, Pop Sugar, BlogTO, CBC, and Chatelaine. They Said This Would Be Fun has been named one of Indigo’s “Best Books of 2020,” and is an Audible and Apple pick for one of the “Best Audiobooks of 2020.”
Visit EternityMartis.com for more information.
Support Groups for Survivors
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
These support groups will be facilitated by the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Ottawa. This is an 8-week program for survivors of sexual violence to share and find support in the community! The first session will be on Wednesday January 27th from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Zoom.
Bystander Intervention Training
Thursday, January 28, 2021
Join CUSA Womxn’s Learning, Advocacy, and Support on January 28th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for a Bystanders Intervention Training provided by the Dandelion Initiative. The goal of this workshop is to leave with concrete actions and language that can be used in real time to de-escalate and prevent harmful behaviours while supporting survivors.
This is a free event with a cap of 25 participants! Sign up now before it is too late!
The following event will occur over Zoom. The link will be provided to participants once the ticket has been secured closer to the event date.
Netflix Watch Party: Clueless
Thursday, January 28, 2021
Don’t miss out and join us for our Netflix Watch Part screening the feminist classic ‘Clueless’ from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.! There will be a chance to win gift card prizes with fun trivia throughout the movie.
Trauma-Informed Yoga Series
Warrior Yoga Network has created a Trauma-Informed Yoga Series where each video explores different themes you can watch virtually at your own leisure!
Here are some encouraging words Cassie who created the series:
Hi, I’m Cassie! I am a Yoga teacher, a Yoga therapist in training and the cofounder of Warrior Yoga Network, a nonprofit which provides yoga weekly to people experiencing and recovering from trauma. I built this series based on some of the most beneficial elements the yoga practice that have been crucial for me along my healing journey through sexual assault and trauma.
Everyone is different so please feel free to modify, skip or take breaks at any point throughout the series and seek professional mental health support as needed.
Trauma-Informed Yoga Series Video 1, Grounding: A 40-minute gentle yoga + meditation practice designed to help you hold onto the world when it feels like you might spin off. This practice is accessible from a chair.
Trauma-Informed Yoga Series Video 2, Boundaries meditation: A 30 minute practice designed to help you build a safe space within and around yourself. This practice can be done from seated or standing.
Trauma-Informed Yoga Series Video 3, Releasing: A 1-hour minute practice designed to help you release the old moment and step into the here and now. This practice will require getting up and down off the floor.
Trauma-Informed Yoga Series Video 4, Rising: A 55 minute practice designed to build you up. This is an active practice that required getting up and down off the floor, with standing postures.
You are a Warrior. You have the ability to move through hardship. You have within you the ability to heal.
The goal of Inclusion Week is to raise visibility and awareness of the value of human rights work and EDI, explore practical ways to integrate its principles into our organizational structures and culture, and strengthen the potential for prosperity in the community. In a time of great transition, this year we will investigate subjects and experiences related to inclusion at a time of pandemic response, racial reckoning and technological transformation. Please view the full program.
In conversation with the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry
Monday, October 19th
On the heels of the Speech from the Throne, the Minister sat down with Carleton’s Michael Charles, Assistant Vice-President and University Advisor, Equity and Inclusive Communities for a wide-ranging newsworthy discussion about the government’s work to further national progress on EDI and the role the university sector should play.
Click here for the full-length version (or to view a teaser)
Inclusive Leadership Workshop Parts 1 and 2
Tuesday, October 20th and Friday, October 23rd, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Live Teams Workshop
(Carleton University employees only)
Inclusive Leadership is a unique, evidence-based, interdisciplinary educational workshop emphasizing real-world problem-solving. Following an interactive and self-reflective approach, this advanced seminar presents a comprehensive and memorable framework for personal transformation. In this 2-part session, participants will be introduced to the LUCCC© model of Inclusive Leadership as a foundational framework for the development of more sophisticated cross-cultural interactions and outcomes.
Participants may expect to:
- Understand the value of inclusivity in leadership for the future of work and research.
- Consider the role of cultural competency in improving team outcomes.
- Gain appreciation for the ubiquity of unconscious bias, its impact on decision-making and the necessity to situationally mitigate its influence.
- Expand the ability to create an atmosphere of trust among teams and stakeholders.
- Work and learn through discussion questions and interactive case studies.
Inclusive Leadership has been validated in both academic and private sector environments. Click here to review the Day 2 Case Study.
Neuroscience of Inclusion Panel
Wednesday, October 21st, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Panelists will explore cognitive diversity and diversity of identity and experience as they consider implications for enhanced inclusivity in teaching and learning.
- Moderator: Kim Hellemans PhD, Carleton University
- Mathew Kent, Master’s Student, Carleton University
- Rebecca Merkley PhD, Carleton University
- Sonia Guerriero PhD, UNESCO, Paris France
- Yvette Cozier PhD, Boston University School of Public Health
Accessibility in Times of Transition
Thursday, October 22nd, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
- Moderator: Tara Connolly Assistant Director, Research and Development READ (Research Education Accessibility Design)
- Quayce Thomas Founder, Timsle.com
- Somei Tam Senior Disability Advisor, Paul Menton Centre (PMC) for Students with Disabilities
- Cathy Malcolm Edwards Lead, Coordinated Accessibility Strategy (CAS) Implementation
- Rebecca Andre, Fourth year Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies
- Beth A. Robertson PhD, Carleton University
The African Diaspora in the Academy Panel
Thursday, October 22nd, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Black academic leaders from across the country offer perspectives on career and research inspirations and reflect upon overdue changes needed within universities to improve representation and inclusion.
- Moderator: Michael F. Charles JD, Carleton University
- Joy Mighty PhD, Carleton University
- Daniel McNeil PhD, Carleton University
- Janelle Joseph PhD, University of Toronto
- Charmaine A. Nelson PhD, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design
- Gervan Fearon PhD, President and Vice-Chancellor Brock University
Empowered Bystander Intervention Workshop
Date: Wednesday, September 30th, 2020 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Facilitated by the Dandelion Initiative, this workshop takes an interactive and tool-based approach to help participants develop their skills in intervening and de-escalating potentially harmful situations that could lead to sexual violence or harassment. Participants will leave this workshop with concrete actions and language to use in real time to de-escalate and prevent harmful behaviours while supporting survivors.
Yoga for Survivors
Date: Tuesday, October 6th, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Zoom, registered is required. Spots are very limited.
Join us for a trauma-informed virtual yoga session for survivors. This session will be facilitated by Warrior Yoga, a network of yoga and meditation teachers taking action to create a more inclusive and accessible yoga community.
Self-Care Crafting Session
Date: Friday, October 16th, 2020 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Zoom *If you would like art supplies mail to your home, please email email@example.com
Students are invited to join local artist KJ Forman (they/them) for an afternoon virtual crafting session. This session is open to all folks who want to explore their creative side by designing their own affirmation art work or painting/coloring affirmation art designed by KJ.
In anticipation of the session, please check out KJ Forman’s Instagram page: @luckylittlequeer
This is a community-wide engagement session open to all faculty, staff and student Indigenous, Racialized, and Non-Racialized members, to engage in conversations about what solidarity, allyship and shared responsibility look like in our context. The session will focus on how to bring anti-racist and decolonizing principles into our work both on campus and beyond. We will be joined for this event by two wonderful speakers: Nate Behar, a Carleton alum and current wide receiver in the CFL who has found his voice as a cultural writer in the area of anti-racism, appearing on CBC and in other media. Michelle Brownrigg is the Senior Director and the Chief Program Officer for Hart House at the University of Toronto and part of an interdisciplinary team who work on initiatives that foster engagement, facilitate arts expression, and support overall wellness with a particular focus on the underserved and underrepresented in educational settings.
- Date/Time: August 18th 2020, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
- Location: Online
The Department of Equity and Inclusive Communities is pleased to announce “Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in a Virtual World” coming Wednesday, June 3, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
This introductory live and interactive program will review EDI successes and opportunities on campus as we continue transitioning to new ways of being, working, learning and researching in an online environment. We will also examine potential responsive approaches. Designed with faculty and staff in mind, the session draws from conversations from across the community. Topics for collaborative exploration will include Learning, Belonging / Wellness, Recruitment, and Prevention of Sexual Violence.
Kinàmàgawin Symposium 2020
February 6, 2020
Richcraft Building, Room 2220
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
This year’s topic:
Indigenous Identity and Sovereignty
Pamela Palmater, Chair in Indigenous Governance, Ryerson University
Appropriating Indigenous Identities Panel Discussion with:
Kahente Horn-Miller, Carmen Robertson, Patricia McGuire, Brenda Macdougall
One additional speaker has yet to be determined.
Decolonizing Indigenous Identities:
Student Panel Discussion
Sexual Assault Awareness Week
Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020
3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Womxn’s Centre (308 University Centre)
Sexual Assault Awareness Week will take place from Monday, January 27th to Friday, January 31st 2020! Throughout the week Equity and Inclusive Communities along with campus and community partners will be hosting a number of events, activities and workshops across campus.
For a full schedule of events, please click here.
Reclaim Your Voice – “Survivors Working Through Trauma”
In this interactive workshop, survivors are invited to engage, listen, learn, and/or discuss the relationship between sexual assault and trauma, and the need for different healing practices for diverse communities. This workshop seeks to raise further awareness about survivors’ strengths and resilience, the role of coping and healing strategies, and the need to center survivors’ voices and agency. We must continue to recognize the traumatic impacts of sexual assault and the need to make space for survivors’ healing practices.
Please note: survivors are not required to share any information, stories, or personal experiences during the workshop.
Inclusion Week 2019
November 11 – 15, 2019
Come and participate in Carleton University’s inaugural Inclusion Week series where we will explore and manifest inclusive practices throughout the community. Students, staff and faculty will be provided with unique opportunities to reflect on different dimensions of inclusion through a variety of interactive activities. For a full schedule of events, please click here.
Panel: Isolation and the Student Experience
Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Time: 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Discovery Centre Room 482
Students are invited to a panel discussion entitled Isolation and the Student Experience. Students at Carleton will discuss stories of adversity, resiliency, and how to navigate life in post-secondary school.
Refreshments will be provided.
– Amal Elmi, Equity Education and Services Coordinator at the Department of Equity and Inclusive Communities
– Dwaine Taylor, Student Development and Community Outreach Coordinator at the Student Experience Office
– Gowlene, Coordinator at the Racialized and International Student Experience
– Eric Tibbetts, Muslim Students Association
– Olivia Astin, Collaborative Master’s Program at the Pauline Jewett Institute of Women
and Gender Studies and the Institute of African Studies
– Cassondra Barnaby, Mi’gmaw of the Wabanaki Confederacy. Human Rights and Law Student at Carleton University
Panel: Promising Practices for Inclusive Classrooms
Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Time: 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Gordon Wood Lounge, DT 1811
Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Committee (IDEA)
Teaching and Learning Council
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion are core values in teaching and learning, but how can we enact them in our classrooms? How do we negotiate our own respective positions of power, privilege, identity, and lived experience in relation to our students?
Join: Manjeet Birk (Women’s and Gender Studies), Jennifer Henderson (English and Indigenous and Canadian Studies), Geraldine King (Indigenous and Canadian Studies), Bill Skidmore (IIS, Human Rights and Social Justice) and Joy Mighty (Office of the Provost and Vice-president (Academic).
The conversation will be co-facilitated by Ikram Jama, Equity Adviser, Department of Equity and Inclusive Communities and Jodie Medd, Faculty Member, Department of English Language and Literature.
Panel: Not in our Space: Countering hate and Racial Supremist Groups
Date: Thursday, November 14, 2019
Location: Carleton University
Everyone is invited to a panel discussion on Thursday, Nov. 14 entitled Not in our Space: Countering Hate and Racial Supremist Groups. Panelists from Carleton University and the Ottawa community will discuss how to raise awareness on hate crimes in Canada, share ideas on prevention and how to support impacted communities.
– Michael F. Charles, University Advisor on Equity and Inclusive Communities and Director of Equity and Inclusive Communities
– Brian Billings, Director of Campus Safety Services
– Amira Elghawaby | Founding Board Member, Canadian Anti-Hate Network
– Dillion Black | Expert Committee Member, National Expert Committee on Countering Radicalization to Violence
– Councillor Rawlson King | Councillor for Rideau-Rockcliffe