Description and Objectives

The ability to navigate race and privilege is a critical component of building a more equitable and just society. This session provides foundational knowledge required to build a race conscious organization by helping individuals understand the complexities of race and privilege. By exploring our racial history, we begin to recognize why systemic barriers persist in the workplace and remain particularly stark for some racialized groups. We discuss racial privilege and allyship and encourage participants to reflect and make choices about how to give, share, use and withhold power to assist and act in solidarity with people who experience racial or ethnic marginalization.

At the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Build on knowledge and tools to operate a race conscious organization.
  • Explore the history of Race and the impact of racial discrimination on our current society.
  • Analyze the forms of racism and the impact of systemic racism on marginalized racial communities.
  • Practice a framework for allyship and anti-racism.

Course Outline

  • Defining Race & Ethnicity
  • Race in Canada: Historical Moments
  • Intersecting Identities
    • Discussion: Reflecting on history and what we have/haven’t been taught
  • The role of Unconscious Bias
  • Discrimination through the lens of Race
  • Breaking down Systemic Racism & Social Equity
  • Racial Microaggressions: Barriers to Belonging
    • Discussion: Reflecting on microaggressions, what we’ve experienced or observed


  • Stages of Awareness and Action: Unknowing, Acknowledging, Learning & Acting
  • What Allyship Looks Like
    • Discussion & Practice: Speaking Up and Calling In