Inclusion Day 2020 agenda promises thoughtful discussions, insightful opinions and more

Tuesday, Feb. 4 is Inclusion Day 2020.

A free, annual event, Inclusion Day is hosted by the Centre for Human Rights, Equity & Inclusion, the Law Commission of Ontario, RISE, Enable York and SexGen York. A light lunch will be served as part of the day’s proceedings. Students, faculty and staff who are interested in attending Inclusion Day events should submit their RSVP by clicking here.

Organizers have planned a full agenda of panels, information sessions and networking opportunities. The morning portion of Inclusion Day features a series of fascinating conversations exploring critical questions relating to the impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on human rights. These thought-provoking dialogues will be presented in a dynamic three-segment session and will address the following topics: What is AI? How is AI impacting York? What are the solutions to challenging outcomes? What can York do to respond?

This session will be facilitated by Ryan Fritsch, counsel with the Law Commission of Ontario, who will unpack these questions in conversation with AI thought-leaders Trevor Farrow(Osgoode Hall Law School), Ruth Urner (Lassonde School of Engineering), Insiya Essajee (Ontario Human Rights Commission) and Regina Rini (Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies), who will be sharing their perspectives and responding to audience questions and comments.

In the afternoon session, why not participate in a dialogue with RISE, Enable York and SexGen—York’s own race & inclusion, accessibility and sexuality-gender affairs committees—as they explore belonging through various initiatives.

Inclusion Day presents an opportunity for York University community members to engage in a conversation with committee members, learn more about their work and provide direct feedback on some of their progress.

RISE – An Introduction to RISE and Approaches to Belonging
Explore the history of this ground-breaking committee and learn more about their initiatives for the future, including the York Student Identity Census project and how it can support a sense of belonging among racialized and Indigenous students.

Enable – Launch of the Access Website and Community Engagement/Feedback Forum
Do you have a question about access, policies and spaces that support belonging at York? Do you have some ideas and want to have you voice heard? Give live feedback to members of Enable, who will be workshopping an access-oriented online interface that they have been developing for over a year.

SexGen –The Hows and Whys of They: Respecting Trans Pronouns
Do you have questions about how to use pronouns? Do you want to learn more about the history of pronouns and how that history is impacting appropriate approaches now? Do you need an opportunity to practice in real time and learn some useful skills you can employ day to day? Join the conversation and learn together!

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