The future-ready workforce series: Building inclusive workplaces for 2SLGBTQIA+ students

Wednesday, June 5, 2024 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)
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Hear about student experiences and WxL research that can help you create an inclusive workplace.

Join us on a journey to explore how employers can foster inclusion for Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (2SLGBTQIA+) co-op students in the workplace. We will uncover the key factors influencing students’ experiences and share strategies for creating supportive environments, drawing from our research at the Work-Learn Institute.

Additionally, gain insights from our employer partner, Ciena, on practical strategies for building inclusive workplaces for the 2SLGBTQIA+ community.

By attending this session, participants will:

  • Understand the challenges faced by 2SLGBTQIA+ co-op students at work.

  • Get tips to make workplaces more inclusive for the 2SLGBTQIA+ community.

  • Help create a work environment where everyone feels accepted and valued.

Together, let's uncover these insights and empower ourselves to create environments where everyone feels included and valued.


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David Drewery

Associate Director, Work-Learn Institute, University of Waterloo

David Drewery is the associate director of the Work-Learn Institute. His research focuses on the co-creation of value among students and employers. He examines ways in which work-integrated learning programs can arrange resources to create educational experiences for students and opportunities for employers to access talent. His research has been supported by national and international agencies.

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Beck Mallozzi

2SLGBTQ+ Inclusion and Diversity Worker, YMCA of Three Rivers

Beck supports 2SLGBTQ+ newcomers to Canada. They create and present workshops on diversity and inclusion to service providers and community members. They published an article on creating inclusive co-operative education workplaces during their time as a research assistant (co-op student) at the Work-Learn Institute.

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Andy Winter

Global Director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Ciena

Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) isn’t just a job it’s my lived experience. I’m passionate seeing a person’s ability and the inclusion of diverse voices in all spaces.

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Brittany Koa

External Communications Associate, Ciena

I started my professional career with Ciena, first an HR intern and now a Marketing New Grad! I thrive on applying creative strategies, analyzing data, and building meaningful connections.

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Robin Sheng

Software Engineer Test, Ciena

Been with Ciena for two years and counting. My daily job is trying to break stuff to make them better and I love it.