As a foundational component to leadership here at U of T, we offer a series of opportunities for students to exchange knowledge about equity, diversity and inclusion. Whether formal training sessions or informal chats, students have access to ongoing discussion about equity and inclusion related topics.
All of U of T undergraduate and graduate students from the St. George Campus.
How The Program Works
Students can take any of our workshops for personal and/or professional development, as well as for preparation for future leadership position.
Creating Inclusive Environments
This synchronous workshop is part of the Learning to Lead program and the Mentorship Foundations training. Creating an Inclusive Environment will encourage you to think about inclusion as a verb, as action in addressing systemic oppression. We take time to think about what exclusion and inclusion are and how they affect students. We reflect on some of the different ways exclusion takes place for U of T students in everyday life and we brainstorm practical strategies to create more inclusive environments in your communities and work.
Equity 101: 6 Conversations about Equity
We talk a lot about equity on campus but what do we really mean? Do we have the same understanding? How does it relate to our everyday lives here on campus? What is it missing? This workshop explores these questions while also creating a space for us to think about what commitments we can make around continuing to learn more while putting what we have learned into action.
Introduction to Anti-Oppressive Practices (AOP)
Anti-Oppressive Practices (AOP) is a framework for being in action against systemic-oppression to create change. It has wide use in many professional areas. This workshop starts by considering how systemic-oppression works in everyday life specifically in the areas that we study and work. AOP is then introduced with space to reflect on how we can take it into our studies, professional practices and personal lives. Research and practice done in Canada is featured.
Understanding and Responding to Microaggressions
This session will explore what microaggressions are and how understanding them can help us to create more inclusive environments. We will also learn ways to address them in everyday interpersonal situations.
Self-Awareness: Foundational Work in Equity & Anti-Oppression
Addressing systemic oppression exists both within and outside of ourselves. We often talk about “doing the personal work” but what work are we to do? How do we do it? This workshop will give you the opportunity to do some of this reflection in community with both the support and challenge of fellow students as we think about how to do that work within our personal lives.
Self-care: There is only one you
Being a student can mean juggling many roles, a lot of unpaid work, financial precarity and intersecting forms of discrimination. Based on student request, students and staff have co-created this workshop about what is commonly called self-care. But we want a conversation that moves beyond self-care and self-soothing, to talk about community and structural care too. Taking systemic inequality into account, we talk about how students can set boundaries, identify what is important for themselves, and take care of themselves and their communities. This workshop is a peer-learning space, and we hope to hear from your experiences.
Workshops may be taken in any order and some will count toward existing leadership programs (eg. Learning to Lead, Mentorship Foundations and Clubs Essential Training). Please refer to these programs for more information.
Register for workshops on the Leadership, Mentorship and Clubs calendar under Events and Workshops on CLNx or through the links below.
- January 26, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Creating Inclusive Environments (Virtual)
- January 31, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Creating Inclusive Environments for Clubs and Groups (Virtual) – Clubs Essential Training
- February 1, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Equity & Leadership (Virtual) – Learning to Lead
- February 6, 12 – 2 p.m. Introduction to Anti-Oppressive Practices (Virtual)
- February 9, 3 – 4:30 p.m. Creating Inclusive Environments for Grad Students (Virtual) – Grad Talks
- February 11, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Equity Day – A full day of workshops to expand your EDI learning and engagement! (In-person)
- February 13, 6 – 8 p.m. Self-Awareness: Foundational Work in Equity & Anti-Oppression (Virtual)
- February 15, 12 – 2 p.m. Equity 101: 6 Conversations about Equity for Clubs and Groups (Virtual) – Clubs Essential Training
- February 27, 12 – 2 p.m. Introduction to Anti-Oppressive Practices (In-person)
- February 28, 5:30 – 7 p.m. Creating Inclusive Environments (Virtual)
- March 1, 12 – 2 p.m. Self-Care: There is only one you for Grad Students (Virtual) – Grad Talks
- March 2, 12 – 2 p.m. Equity & Leadership for Grad Students (Virtual) – Leadership for Grads program
- March 9, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Self-care: There is only one you (Virtual)
- March 10, 2 – 3:30 p.m. Creating Inclusive Environments (Virtual)
- March 16, 12 – 2 p.m. Equity 101: 6 Conversations about Equity (Virtual)
- March 24, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Self-Awareness: Foundational Work in Equity & Anti-Oppression (In-person)
- March 29, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Understanding & Responding to Microaggressions (Virtual)