ONLINE: EQ201 Listening, Acting and Taking Responsibility in the Anti-Racist Movement

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST (GMT -05:00)

Audience: Students, Faculty and Staff
Facilitor: Janice Jo Lee
Level: Intermediate

This workshop is for those that have a basic understanding of equity and anti-oppression frameworks and would like to further their knowledge.

Workshop Description

Systemic racism is experienced as oppression, harm, violence and grief. It is our responsibility to understand our role, and strategize for long-term listening, learning, and action. We will contextualize ourselves locally in Waterloo Region, map out our position and power as individuals living within communities and systems and reflect on our relation to global colonialism. At the end of this interactive workshop, you will leave with a draft action plan. We will practice active listening, relationship-building and create a judgement-free zone.

Learning Outcomes

  • Deepen our personal understanding of lived experiences, racism, and interpersonal racist conflict
  • Unpack language and jargon surrounding diversity, inclusion and equity
  • Gain tools for relationship building through active listening and practicing trust
  • Value and understand the emotional experience of racist harm and grief

Participant Expectations

  • Participants can expect to engage with fellow participants through a brief introduction, with sections of the workshop provided in a lecture-style format. Cameras and mics are optional for the lecture portions. 
  • This workshop is interactive. The workshop asks participants to write anonymously on a group chalk board (optional), or their personal computer/notebook.
  • Participants will have the opportunity to engage in small group discussions within break-out rooms. To ensure a safe space, these break-out rooms are optional. For those who do not participate in the scheduled break-out rooms, other reflective activities are planned.
  • Participants are welcome to practice self-care as needed.
  • The workshop includes two scheduled breaks.
This is an online workshop hosted on Zoom. The link to join will be sent to your inbox from the Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion Trainings email ( 48 hours prior to the workshop date.


Our workshops are in high demand and have limited capacity, often with waiting lists. We kindly ask that if you can no longer attend, you cancel your registration by contacting no later than 24 hours prior to the workshop to make room for those on the waitlist. We acknowledge and understand that things happen, so even if it is a late cancellation (within 24 hours), please still let us know. Others may be able to join in your place. Thank you for accommodating this request.

Note on accessibility:

During this workshop, closed captioning will be available and any pre-workshop material will be sent via email ahead of time to you, closer to the date of the workshop. Should you need live captioning (CART services) and/or ASL interpretation, please let us know as soon as possible by emailing our workshop team. Because of increased demands for these services, we cannot guarantee them for participants outside of 7 days from the workshop, but will always do our best to secure them, even inside of 7 days.