REI to offer Anti-Racism and REDI workshop series starting in May

The work of inclusion is ongoing, proactive, and profoundly necessary – as much today as it ever was.

One tool available to all York faculty, staff and students to enhance belonging and equity within our community is the Respect, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (REDI) workshop series led by the Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion (REI).

These sessions cover a wide range of human rights and equity-related topics. This summer, REI will host both the regular eight-part REDI series as well as its popular four-part Anti-Racism REDI series.

Participation in any three of these workshops will earn learners a REDI certificate from REI.

Workshops will cover topics including 2SLGBTQ+ positive space, accommodations, academic integrity and universal design, addressing racism, sexual harassment, challenging organizational cultures, recognizing resilience, employment equity, microaggressions, unconscious bias and intervening on racism.

The Anti-Racism Workshop series will be held on May 11, June 9, July 8 and August 10.

Participants will be given the opportunity to expand their understanding of these issues as well as frame them within the context of the Ontario Human Rights Code. These sessions also offer opportunities to practice and apply skills that aim to promote inclusion, prevent harm, build accountability and repair relationships.

Sessions will be held from May (starting May 5) to August and are open and free to all members of the York University community.

The workshops will be delivered on Zoom, with materials presented on screen as well as delivered orally. Participants will be offered several opportunities to participate via annotation, chat, large group discussion and breakout rooms.

If you’re looking for a custom session, consider the REDI and Anti-Racism sessions first. The REDI and Anti-Racism REDI series offer a helpful foundation for any team interested in engaging in more in-depth work, and all members of York University are encouraged to participate in REDI first if they are interested in department-specific workshops.

Why REDI first? REI has found that participants are able to reap greater benefits from customized sessions if they have previously participated in standardized REDI sessions.

If you or your team have completed REDI sessions or need something specific, as always, REI continues to offer customized training to departments, units and teams that need more in-depth discussions around equity-related issues.

To register, and read more about what’s on offer, visit the Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion web pages for the REDI series and the Anti-Racism REDI series.