Oct. 14: The Way Forward: Deconstructing Systemic Racism

The Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office (ARCDO) is pleased to share the first 2 session of the Race, Equity & Action Speaker Series for 2020-2021! As many institutions and workplaces develop and continue to advance their Antiracism action plans, we invite you to join this session to increase your toolkit on addressing and deconstructing Systemic Racism! 

Please see the details for the sessions below!  

Topic: The Way Forward: Deconstructing Systemic Racism 

Speaker: Kerry-Ann Douglas-Powell, Manager, Policy & Systems Transformation | Anti-Racism Directorate, Ontario Ministry of the Solicitor General 

Date: October 14, 2020 
Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am 
Location: Virtual (Zoom) 

About the speaker: 

Kerry-Ann Douglas-Powell currently is the Manager of Policy and & Systems Transformation within the Anti-Racism Directorate for the Province of Ontario and has the privilege of leading a team responsible for identifying and addressing organizational and cultural systemic race barriers within the OPS in addition to supporting leaders as they navigate through their anti-racism leadership journey. She is a graduate from Ryerson University’s Human Resources Management Program with over 15 years of experience in HR, Change Management, L&D and most recently equity within both the private & public sectors. Before going to the ARD in June 2019, Kerry-Ann led technical and leadership development learning initiatives within the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services, served as a member of Board of Directors of AMAPCEO, the union for Ontario’s Professional Employees, and was the Networking Committee Chair for the Institutes for Performance and Learning’s Toronto Chapter until earlier this Spring. 

For further information and registration for the Race, Equity & Action Speaker Series, please visit the ARCDO website

Topic: Critical Conversations on Anti-Asian Racism and Xenophobia and the Implications for Postsecondary Environments 

Speaker: Avvy Go, Barrister & Solicitor, Clinic Director, Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic 

Date: November 25, 2020 
Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am 
Location: Virtual (Zoom) 

About the speaker: 

Avvy Go is the Clinic Director of the Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic and a co-founding steering committee member of Colour of Poverty – Colour of Change. Since her call to the Bar in 1991, she has worked exclusively in the legal clinic system, serving the legal needs of low income individuals and families. Immigration, human rights, and employment law are some of the main areas of law that she practices in. Between 2001 and 2019, Avvy served as a bencher of the Law Society of Ontario. She also served on the LSO’s Access to Justice Committee, the Equity and Aboriginal Issues Committee and the Human Rights Monitoring Group. Apart from her legal practice, Avvy spends much time doing community organizing and advocacy work. Avvy has received numerous awards, including OCASI Life Time Achievement Award, Senate of Canada 150 medal, SOAR Medal, Order of Ontario, the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers’ Lawyer of Distinction Award, City of Toronto’s William P. Hubbard Award for Race Relations and President’s Award of the Women’s Law Association of Ontario. 

For further information and registration for the Race, Equity & Action Speaker Series, please visit the ARCDO website.


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