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Training & Workshops

The EDIO provides a range of educational training and workshop sessions that seek to strengthen understanding and advance equity practices across the UTSC campus. We offer a number of recurring sessions (open to students, staff, and faculty) related to equity, access, discrimination, and harrassment.

Contact us (edio@utsc.utoronto.ca) if you require more information about our existing sessions or are interested in arranging customized training for your students, department, or group.

Training Sessions

Practices & Principles in Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

As part of UTSC’s commitment to Inclusive Excellence, all U of T staff and faculty have an essential role to play in creating and promoting an inclusive, respectful and equitable campus community. This foundational course will explore key equity concepts and include self-reflection activities that will contribute to a greater understanding of equity, diversity and inclusion principles and practices to help advance equity and inclusion at the University of Toronto. In this 90 minute session, participants will:  

  • Become familiar with key equity terms and explore the nuances of inclusive language 
  • Reflect on lived experience and privileges as they relate to others and society​  
  • Identify areas of growth and action toward co-creating inclusive environments 
  • Explore scenarios specific to your role or unit

 

Understanding Microaggressions

As part of UTSC’s commitment to Inclusive Excellence, all U of T staff and faculty have an essential role to play in creating and promoting an inclusive, respectful and equitable campus community – this includes understanding the negative impacts of microaggressions. Advancing equity and inclusion at the University of Toronto requires that we understand and recognize microaggressions, how they manifest in the workplace or classroom, and learn methods for addressing and reducing them. In this 90 minute session, participants will: 

  • Explore the impact of microaggressions 

  • Understand how microaggressions may show up in your specific unit 

  • Self-reflect on individual behaviours that can be a barrier to building inclusive environments

 

LGBTQ+ Inclusion

All staff and faculty have an essential role to play in creating and promoting an inclusive, respectful and equitable campus community that is free from homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and other forms of discrimination against LGBTQ+ communities. This foundational course will explore key terms and language, including the concept of intersectionality and the use of pronouns. In this 90 minute session, participants will: 
  • Understand key LGBTQ+ terms and explore the nuances of inclusive language
  • Learn about the contributions of LGBTQ+ activists and community leaders
  • Consider real world impacts for those navigating intersections of identity including race, gender, and sexuality
  • Identify individual areas of growth and continued learning

Anti-Black Racism at The Intersections

Building an equitable and inclusive UTSC community requires all staff and faculty to understand the historical context of race and anti-Black racism and its ongoing impacts on Black communities.  Racism is more than just individual actions – it is also a system that exists in our culture, in our institutions, and in how our workplaces function. In order to address anti-Black racism, we need to discuss and learn about how it manifests within these systemic and institutional structures. In this 90 minute session, participants will:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of anti-Blackness and its roots in Canadian institutions
  • Reflect on the barriers and challenges that Black communities experience at a local and systemic level
  • Recognize the signs and explore strategies to confront anti-Black racism

 

Request A Custom Session

If you are interested in arranging customized training for your department or group, contact us at edio@utoronto.ca, at least three weeks in advance of your desired training date with the following information: 
  • Your affiliation with the University of Toronto Scarborough
  • Themes of desired training (select from the sessions listed above)
  • Three options for desired date and time
  • Description of the intended audience and an estimated number of attendees 
  • Confirmation of your group’s capacity to organize and host the promotion, registration, and logistics for the session