The Centre for Human Rights, Equity & Inclusion (REI), in partnership with the Office of the Vice-President Equity, People and Culture (EP&C) and Student Community & Leadership Development (SCLD), is launching the Inclusion Week 2022 series titled “Building & Sustaining Equitable and Caring Futures” from Feb. 28 to March 3.
All events are free to attend, open to all York community members, and feature keynote speakers, fireside chats and interactive, skill-building workshops that explore solidarity and equitable sustainability.
The theme for this year’s series highlights the intentional quest for equitable, just and caring futures. It explores how to safeguard the wellness of those who endure inequities and harm. As society continues to work, learn and build, there is also an aim to prioritize the sustainability of these communities, social movements and individuals.
Inclusion Week 2022 series will take place virtually. Registration is required.
Inclusion Week at a glance:
Monday, Feb. 28
Orienting Yourself to Allyship (Part 1)
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
This is an interactive workshop developed and delivered in partnership with SCLD. In recognition of Black History Month and as the kick-off event for Inclusion Week 2022, this session offers a series of engaging activities focused on understanding allyship. This workshop is a pre-requisite to the March 3 session The Ecology of Allyship, Part 2. Register here.
Tuesday, March 1
Who gets to rest?
2 to 3:30 p.m.
Labour is political and so is rest. This panel of York professors and student leaders invites speakers to engage in a thoughtful conversation about the question “Who gets to rest?” through various critical perspectives. For a full list of speakers and to register, click here.
Wednesday, March 2
The Call to Solidarity: Contingencies and Incongruities in Working Toward Justice
Noon to 1 p.m.
Presented as a part of the Insights series through the EP&C, this session explores the meanings of solidarity and how solidarity might figure as a framework for working toward just, caring, equitable and sustainable futures. The keynote speaker is Rubén Gaztambide-Fernández, professor and program coordinator of the Curriculum and Pedagogy program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. Register here.
Thursday, March 3
The Ecology of Allyship (Part 2)
10:30 a.m. to noon
This interactive workshop deepens the exploration of concepts of allyship and solidarity. This is the second part of the allyship session presented in collaboration with SCLD. This is not an introductory or beginner’s workshop. To join this event, participants must have attended an Orienting Yourself to Allyship Part 1 session or have previous organizing experience across lines of shared identities. Email any questions or inquiries to email@example.com. Register here.
Thursday, March 3
Solidarity and Liberation – How do we organize across difference?
2 to 3 p.m.
This panel discussion on solidarity will include explorations of historic and current, global and local efforts toward building more equitable and caring futures. For a full list of speakers and to register, click here.
The Inclusion Week 2022 series is an REI flagship annual event. It explores critical issues that are central to equity, diversity and inclusion. The topics of resilience, rest, solidarity is relevant to all York community members, particularly for those who are interested in learning and building skills around creating more inclusive environments in the context of challenging times.
For a full, detailed listing of events, speakers and registration links, click here.