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Submitted by gillian.edwards on Tue, 10/11/2016 - 10:38am

The ODEPD offers workshops on a variety of equity and diversity issues. Some of these workshops are offered in collaboration with Human Resources.

Educational workshops and presentations are offered by request to various groups on campus, including classrooms, clubs, employee groups, departments and faculties. Presentations are tailored to specific subjects or areas of concern. 

To request a workshop, please visit us here! To discuss your unit's specific needs, please contact the Director, Dr. Valerie Pruegger at

Teaching Controversial Subjects Workshop

Dr. Valerie Pruegger and Carol Berenson, facilitators of the workshop

Unconscious Bias

Are you human? Then you harbour unconscious (implicit) biases that can negatively impact your behaviour and decision making. Learn the science behind implicit bias and how you can identify and work to eliminate it.


Anti-Discrimination Response Training (A.R.T.)

Witnessing prejudice or discrimination can be very difficult and responding in a constructive way is key.

In this workshop, participants will address issues of active witnessing and learn about how to intervene as a bystander to these situations. Learn how to respond to discriminatory remarks or situations with concrete actions and develop skills to help reduce prejudice.

The A.R.T model was developed by Dr. Ishu Ishiyama, professor at the University of British Columbia.

Bullying and Toxic Behaviours in the Workplace

This workshop explores the legal developments demanding civil and respectful workplaces that are free from bullying, which is also known as personal or psychological harassment.

By the end of this workshop, participants will understand the answers to the following questions:

  • What is personal harassment (a.k.a. bullying or psychological harassment) and how does it affect targets and the working climate?
  • What are key criteria for determining when offensive conduct crosses the line into personal harassment?
  • What steps can someone take if they feel they are being bullied or personally harassed?

Power and Privilege

Most people have privilege in some areas of their lives, and less in other areas. Learn where your privilege lies and how you can use it to be  an ally to support those that may be disadvantaged historically or today. Explore the concept of institutional privilege and power and how we can work together towards a more egalitarian community.

Micro-Aggressions in the Workplace Unmasked

Often unconscious and non-intentional, micro-aggressions are small, subtle, everyday verbal and nonverbal behaviours that leave people feeling overlooked, undervalued, disrespected, and silenced. Leaving people off emails, not thanking a co-worker, checking email or texting in a meeting when someone is speaking are all examples of micro-aggressions. While such behaviors may seem quite trivial and harmless, they have a toxic impact on the working environment, impairing the performance of individuals and teams in the workplace.

This workshop is designed to increase participant awareness of these everyday occurrences, as well as the dynamics and impact of micro-aggressions. By the end of this workshop, participants will understand:

  • What are micro-aggressions? Who does them?
  • Why do micro-aggressions matter?
  • Why are micro-aggressions so pervasive and difficulty to respond to?
  • What are some strategies for stopping micro-aggressions and promoting inclusion?

The Respectful Workplace (offered by Human Resources)

Staff do their best work in an environment of mutual respect and dignity and the university places a high value on fostering a healthy working climate that is supportive of all people. In this workshop, participants will develop an understanding of human rights in the workplace and answers to the questions:

  • What constitutes sexual and other kinds of harassment?
  • What are the kinds of behaviour that contribute to a positive and productive workplace?
  • What services and resources are available and how are they accessed?

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The Uh-Oh Syndrome

Who's in and who's out? The Uh-Oh Syndrome is the negative reaction we can experience when we encounter something or someone difference. The reaction is, in some ways, a natural human response but in a world with increasing diversity and a continually changing environment, we need to develop the skills to effectively function in a pluralistic society. 

This program shows you how and helps to explore the following questions:

  • Why is the mind built to use categories?
  • What are the consequences of our category-making and category-using activities?
  • What role does culture play?
  • What can we do to overcome these influences?

Sex, Power and Boundaries in the Ivory Tower

Bullies, Boors and Bigots

Homophobia and Transphobia

Promoting a Positive Sport Environment