Who: Students, Faculty and Staff
Description: This workshop/presentation focuses on topics of culture, intersectionality, social determinants of health, racism, and White privilege in Canada and Canadian institutions of learning. Attendees are not only introduced to key terms and concepts to increase multicultural awareness, but are also educated on current trends and how to apply this knowledge. Active learning methods are used to help attendees engage with anti-racism material, reflect on their experiences, and bolster skills for working within university settings. Resources for learning about racism, White privilege and supporting community members are provided.
- Introduce concepts of cultural identity, intersectionality and power as they relate to multicultural competence.
- Familiarize attendees with current trends and topics of racial/ethnic discrimination, colorblindness, internalized racism, racial microaggressions, and racial/ethnic identity development, social determinants, and White privilege in relation to the Canadian university context.
- Bolster attendee self-awareness and general knowledge as it relates to issues of racism, White privilege, and the university environment.
- Scaffold skill development and attendee ability to recognize issues when they occur on campus, as well as apply knowledge within their role at the university and support anti-racism.
About the Facilitator:
Dr. Gauthamie Poolokasingham, C. Psych is a psychologist in Toronto with a passion for working within the post-secondary environment. She has worked for Campus Wellness at the University of Waterloo, as well as in four other post secondary settings, hospitals, and private practice. As a clinical psychologist, areas of key focus include cultural identity development, multicultural clinical intervention, post secondary student mental health, racism, trauma, and sexual health. She has been devoted to understanding the impact of social determinations (including racism) on health and sharing her knowledge to create more inclusive spaces through community engagement. Dr. Poolokasingham strives to share her knowledge, innovative ideas, and experience as scholar and clinician, to go beyond raising awareness of issues to cultivating change in university communities.
Online, 3-hour workshop.