The third instalment of the Centre for Human Rights’ (CHR) Antiracism Talkshop Series will look at the topic of microaggression on Thursday, Oct. 8.
Running from 11:30am to 1:30pm, the session titled “Understanding and Addressing Microaggressions (Subtle Discrimination in the Workplace)” will cover the definition of microaggression and how subtle discrimination can impact the workplace.
Derald Wing Sue, a professor at Columbia University, identifies microaggression as a brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioural or environmental indignity that communicates hostile, negative or derogatory slights on the basis of colour, gender or sexual orientation.
Participants in this session will engage in discussions to gain a deeper insight on microaggression and how it relates to the Ontario Human Rights Code. Strategies for preventing and responding to microaggression will also be explored.
This session will be led by Jodie Glean, York University’s adviser of education and communications at CHR.
Glean holds master’s degree in educational studies with her research focusing on inclusive, anti-racist practices and pedagogy in post-secondary institutions. She is a human rights educator with a keen interest in the ways subtle racism manifests, and the impact of microaggressions in our classrooms and workplaces.
This Antiracism Talkshop session takes place at 280A York Lanes.
The next sessions will run on:
- Oct. 29 – Culture as Halloween Costumes: When has the line been crossed?; and
- Nov. 24 – Critical Conversations on Employment Equity.
All sessions feature different guest speakers (see individual session details at rights.info.yorku.ca/events).
CHR encourages administrative units, faculty and student groups to incorporate these workshops into their fall professional development programs. Classes are also welcome to attend, and organizers can contact Yvonne Chiu at firstname.lastname@example.org to register a class or team.
Individuals can register for a Talkshop session at yorku.ca/rights/forms/view.php?id=28.