Challenge (IN)Equity: An Anti-Oppression Workshop to Challenge Identity Bias

Event Date: 
Monday, December 10, 2018 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

This interactive workshop will focus on how our Gospel Values support human rights and inclusion initiatives using original children's storybooks and songs. It will examine our human interactions that are often "tainted" with identity bias - reinforced by the media and societal representations of race, ethnicity, gender, culture, sexuality, human ability, socio-economics and the intersection of these identities. These biases can be analyzed and eradicated with tenacious critical thinking around the forces such as Patriarchy and Heterosexism, that perpetuate them.

In this context, there will be an analysis on the dynamics that power and privilege can have on clients, communities and the individuals serviced by the organizations, including religious ones. Ultimately, the end goal is to promote love, dignity and compassion for those who are marginalized, increasing our ability to serve.

Instructor: Chris Dsouza

Bio: Chris Dsouza has been a Catholic educator, equity and human rights strategist for over 31 years. He has taught Catholic elementary and secondary school as well as an equity course in the Faculty of Education at York University. He has written policies for the Ministry of Education and has consulted with numerous Ministries including Corrections, HealthCare and the Ministry of the Attorney General. His programs focus on “Identity LiteracyTM”, “Foundations in Anti-Oppression and Equity” and “Competing Rights”. His is currently teaching in the Faculty of Education at Brock University and consulting with school boards across Canada.


Refunds up to 1 day before event


The Mary Ward Centre
70 St. Mary Street
Toronto, ON
This community event is not affiliated with Faith Connections, but we believe it to be of specific interest to young adults aged 18-39 and with a faith-based or social justice theme. However, we can be mistaken — if you're not sure this event will meet your expectations, please check with the event organizers.