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The Parents for Diversity has developed a workshop for parents on anti-black racism. The inspiration for the workshop is the result of engagement with members of the black community who want to understand the tools and resources available to develop a positive and healthy relationship with their schools. The workshop will provide an overview of the various actors involved in our children’s education, including the role of the different provincial ministries, school boards, and educators. It will explore human rights legislation that prohibits discrimination, as well as recent studies and reports that document anti-black racism in Ontario. We will also examine different policies and procedures on discipline, from the progressive disciplinary approach to the codes of conducts developed by the Ontario government. When and Where?: This incredible workshop will be hosted at the Somali Center for Family Services (1719 Bank Street on the 2nd Floor) on July 12th at 6pm. Please share this invitation as widely as possible and we hope to see you there! RSVP to email@example.com Background:
In 2016, four mothers came together to contemplate how they can encourage their children to think more critically about the world around them; to celebrate the breadth of human experiences that defines each individual. Their children were on the receiving end of racial slurs in their schools and they were disappointed in the response from their teachers on how to address these incidents of racism when they arise. There is a need for a broader discussion and understanding about how discrimination and bias affect our children, but also hinder social progress.
They wanted the children, parents and the school system to understand that differences can bring us together. Parents for Diversity is committed to providing children, parents and educators with the tools and resources to enable an open and informed discussion about diversity and inclusion in schools, as well as to address the challenges students face when they experience discrimination or bias.
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