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New Fall Session
November 23-25

In this Summit

Engaging Black Communities

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Founding Executive Director of the Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC) and former Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) Ruth Goba will

Provide Strategies for White leaders and Allies to

Engage Black Communities.

What People are Saying

I have never in my career of 20 years as an educator seen an opportunity like this, that spoke to me so much. I wanted to be here, I did everything I could to be here. I wanted to see what it would mean to be valued, to be supported, to be promoted in a school board.  What’s hit home for me again is that we need White allies, we need Racialized, Indigenous, Black individuals to be together in the same spaces and hone in on what it is we are going to do to take action together.

Sajah Stiller

Safe Schools and Racial Equity Consultant

at HWDSB

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I am really enjoying the fact that I am in the same room as the leadership in my system, so they’re hearing the exact same message about hiring practices and equity that I’m hearing so that when we go back to our board, there is no excuses about the fact that they’re not understanding what we need to be doing to do better.

Alanna Trines

Indigenous Education Lead,

Ottawa Catholic School Board

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There has been so many things I wasn’t expecting to learn … bring[ing] back moving recruitment from transactions to a more purposeful conscious opportunity to not only impact our student’s lives but also our employees … we talked about psychological safety, I felt so safe, it's just been invaluable.

Shannon Azzerello

Human Resources Recruitment Officer,

Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board

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Speakers

Chris D'Souza

Chris D'souza (M.Ed Equity Studies) has delivered over 5000 Equity and Inclusion lectures/workshops to agencies across Canada.  A DEI activist and National Award winner with the Harmony Movement, he is currently focused on developing, recruiting, and retaining Racialized and Indigenous talent.

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Ruth Goba

Ruth was the Founding Executive Director of the Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC), a provincial legal clinic with a mandate to challenge individual and systemic anti-Black racism.  Prior to this, she was appointed by the province to lead the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC). In 2017, after 11 years with the OHRC, she began work as an adjudicator and mediator with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO). She now works independently as a human rights and equity consultant. 

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Pardeep Singh Nagra

Pardeep Singh Nagra is an international speaker and athlete.  An active member with the Sikh community, his DEI work and humanitarian service has earned him the YMCA Canada Peace Medal, University of Toronto Arbor Award, Region of Peel Chair’s Award for community service, Auxiliary Constable of the Year with Peel Regional Police, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. His personal journey as a boxer seeking equity is the subject of the movie Tiger.

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Jason Hendrix Burt

After 11 years as assistant principal in North Carolina, Jason Hendrix Burt (M.S.A.) came to Ontario in 2014 to become vice-principal of the Avon Maitland District School Board and subsequently their Human Rights and Equity Lead Administrator in 2021.  Burt is committed to ensuring equity, anti-racist, and anti-oppression education and inclusivity practices permeate all aspects of the district’s education, guidelines, programs and procedures.

Agenda

Wednesday

1:30 - 4:45 pm – Engaging Black Communities

6:30 pm – Dinner

Thursday

9:00 am - 4:30 pm  – Keynote & v2.0 Sessions

6:00 pm  – Reception/Dinner

Friday

9:00 am - 3:00 pm  – Facilitated Discussion

and Endnote

Wednesday November 23, 1:30-4:45 pm
Thursday November 24, 9:00 am-4:30 pm
Friday November 25, 9:00 am-3:00 pm

  • Hotel check-in after 3 pm

  • All food and beverage included

​​DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Toronto Airport West
5444 Dixie Road, Mississauga, ON, L4W 2L2

 

Limited seats available

(pricing is in CAD)

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