Building an Anti-Racist Culture is a journey, and we are on this boat together
Last Friday, our faculty and staff had a professional day session like no other. Our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee organized a special session with Robert Wright, a Social Worker and Sociologist with more than 28 years of experience in the fields of education, child welfare, forensic mental health, and cultural education. He was joined by Angela Simmonds, a lawyer and the Equity and Access Manager at the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society.
The session supported this year’s theme: Building an Anti-Racist Culture: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and was important for helping our employees understand weighty concepts like the ancient origins of modern racism, the Doctrine of Discovery, the effects of legally-enshrined racism, cultural competence, and white privilege and fragility, to mention just a few. The three-hour session was informative, challenging, and ultimately very illuminating, and Robert and Angela were excellent and engaging presenters.
It’s one of the many steps the DEI community is undertaking as they find ways to help our community, especially our students, faculty, and staff better understand, confront, and become an ally in the fight against racism.