Inaugural education series explores ‘Unlearning Hate’

The Centre for Student Community & Leadership Development (SCLD), Division of Students, in partnership with The Centre for Human Rights, Equity, and Inclusion (REI), Division of People, Equity, and Culture, is hosting a three-part virtual education series about recognizing, healing and ‘Unlearning Hate.’

The inaugural session, “Learning to Hate: The Normalization of Intolerance,” will take place Monday, Nov. 22 at 4 p.m. Barbara Perry, professor in the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities and director of the Centre on Hate, Bias and Extremism at Ontario Tech University, will lead the discussion. Honoured in 2020 by the American Society of Criminology as their Division of Terrorism and Bias Crime Distinguished Scholar, Perry currently works in the areas of antisemitism, Islamophobia, and community impacts of hate and right-wing extremism in Canada. The session will explore how to learn and live together again on campuses in the face of normalized divisiveness. It will also recognize the spread and spotlight of hate during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The series will continue with, “Don’t Pass it Down: Dismantling Intergenerational Prejudice,” on Wednesday, Nov. 24 at 1 p.m., and will engage participants in critical dialogue about the intergenerational transmission of prejudice and ways to tackle them. The session will feature Rachel Mansell, vice-president, operations and an equity, diversity, and inclusion practitioner with The Mosaic Institute, a Toronto-based non-profit organization dedicated to dismantling prejudice in our communities.

The final session of the education series, titled, “Healing from Hate: Peace Building from the Inside Out,” will take place on Friday, Nov. 26 at 1 p.m. Erica Altomare, an educator and Next Generation program manager with The Mosaic Institute, will lead the discussion and explore how to hold accountability for personal healing and the impacts of collective care to help foster a more peaceful world.

To register or learn more about the ‘Unlearning Hate’ education series, see here. For questions, email Urshian Khalid,