Last Monday the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) released a report called A Collective Impact - about the Toronto Police Department and the racial profiling of Black people. I saw some of the statistics flash across the TV screen at the dentist’s office that day. Sadly, none of them surprised … [Continue reading] What’s it like to be Black in Toronto?
Allyship is a word we hear and use often in reference to LGBTQ communities and LGBTQ inclusion – but it’s not specific to that group. Today I’m going to explore what the word means and why it’s important for furthering inclusion, equity, diversity and social justice. To be an ally … [Continue reading] The Importance of Allyship
You may have heard about the D&G advertising faux-pas last week. If you haven’t you may still be able to google the news reports. Here’s the high-level summary: China was offended and D&G may well have lost a big market. For something that could have been avoided. A simple truth... There … [Continue reading] Cultural Humility
I was recently asked about making a Diveristy & Inclusion (D&I) workshop mandatory. Before I tell you what I said, I have a few questions for you to consider. Questions for consideration: 1. What’s your criteria for making a training program optional? I’m sure there are many answers to … [Continue reading] Diversity & Inclusion Training…mandatory or not?
Unconscious Bias is a hot topic in the D&I world these days. It’s not surprising then, that the majority of presentations and workshops I have done in the past year have been (at least in part) about unconscious bias. Educating people about what it is and how it works is important and … [Continue reading] Addressing Bias in Hiring
Next week I’m presenting at an Advocates Society conference here in Toronto. The theme is body language. I’m no body language expert by any stretch, but what’s fascinating is examining body language within the context of power, privilege and unconscious bias. These are issues that I speak and … [Continue reading] Power, Privilege, Unconscious Bias and… Body Language
This past weekend I moderated a panel at the 4Trimesters.org conference on Raising Socially Conscious Children. There were three women on the panel, and all had amazing insights, examples, and ways that they are raising their children to be more socially aware. I marvelled at all of the … [Continue reading] Raising Social Consciousness
Diversity and Inclusion are lumped together (we even shorten it to D&I) but the reality I see as a consultant is that they aren’t often practised together. As our populations continue to diversify, and as organizations come under the spotlight for their commitment (or lack thereof) to … [Continue reading] Diversity AND Inclusion
This week I’m re-reading a book by David Cameron Gikandi called A Happy Pocket Full of Money. It’s a great book about the mindset of abundance. I highly recommend it, it’s a fascinating read. It’s my second time through, and of course different things are jumping out at me this time. Here is … [Continue reading] Memory, Diversity and Inclusion
If you live in Canada, this past weekend was Thanksgiving. I’m not going to write about why I don’t celebrate it. I’ve already done that twice. You can read those posts here. And here. Bias and its Impact This weekend I was thinking of two things – bias, and the impact of that. And it … [Continue reading] Happy Thanksgiving?