Trouble With Diversity


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  • Trouble With Diversity

    1. 1. The New Yorker, September 2001 “ In the interest of diversity, we’ve hired Jason here, who owns a couple of hip-hop cds.”
    2. 2. The Trouble with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion New U 2005: University of Toronto trouble… I thought U of T supported diversity? They think diversity is a problem and they’re queer! Yeah! Out with everyone not like me! They cause trouble!
    3. 3. Introduction <ul><li>We assume you know and support the basic concepts of inclusion, diversity, equity… </li></ul><ul><li>But what are the troubles encountered in implementing policies of inclusion and including equity in daily practice </li></ul>
    4. 5. Qualities for Supporting Diversity <ul><li>Commitment to learning </li></ul><ul><li>Vision </li></ul><ul><li>Tolerance to criticism </li></ul><ul><ul><li>within and outside organization </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Time and dedication </li></ul><ul><li>A variety of skill sets </li></ul>
    5. 6. Trouble #1: Building the Skills <ul><li>Leadership: the learned knowledge of how to promote equity through leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Attentiveness: listen for the unsaid (gauge the climate) in your group and address problems early </li></ul><ul><li>Courage: speak up in support of marginalized groups (even if you aren’t a member!) </li></ul><ul><li>Perseverance: experience of trial and error </li></ul><ul><li>Overcoming Apathy: dealing with fellow students’ (allies) reluctance to assist or their inexperience </li></ul><ul><li>Conflict Resolution: dealing with actions that bring about an atmosphere of exclusion </li></ul>
    6. 7. Trouble #2: Being an Ally <ul><li>Discussion activity </li></ul>
    7. 8. Trouble #2: Being an Ally <ul><li>“ I support the need for prayer space for the Muslim Students’ Association, but they better not take it from my group! How do I express my concerns tactfully?” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I’m appalled at the lack of accessibility at my group’s events, but I don’t have a disability or know the language… how can I bring up the problem?” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I know my group isn’t welcoming for LGBTQ students… I’m straight and I know there are gay students who haven’t raised this issue – should I wait for them to deal with this? Will there be consequences for me? For the gay students?” </li></ul>
    8. 9. Characteristics of an Ally <ul><li>Has worked to develop an understanding of what oppression is and the needs of the target group </li></ul><ul><li>Chooses to align with the target group and respond to their needs, after understanding the situation </li></ul><ul><li>Believes that it is her/his self-interest to be an ally </li></ul><ul><li>Expects support from other allies </li></ul><ul><li>Expects to make some mistakes but does not use it as an excuse for non-action </li></ul>
    9. 10. Characteristics of an Ally <ul><li>Recognizes that in most empowered relationships, persons in the non-target role initiate change (Allies are pivotal to change processes) </li></ul><ul><li>Promotes a sense of community with the target group and teaches others about the importance of outreach </li></ul><ul><li>Works from a place of understanding, responsibility for one’s actions, and empowerment; not from a place of guilt </li></ul><ul><li>Assumes that the target group are experts at their own experience </li></ul><ul><li>Has patience and a good sense of humour </li></ul>
    10. 11. Trouble #3: Learning the Language <ul><li>Challenges, risks, and benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Where to find out about appropriate language? </li></ul><ul><li>Careful not to refer to individual people as labels (see cartoon) </li></ul>Can a straight person use “queer”? Can a white-skinned person say “brown”? Does U of T have foreign students? Is it disability, differently-abled, physically/mentally challenged… ?
    11. 13. Trouble #4: Diversity within Diversity <ul><li>My group is for students from ethno-cultural background X… aren’t we contributing to campus diversity? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>YES! But… are your meetings and events: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>male dominated? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>physically accessible? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>financially accessible? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>family friendly? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>welcoming to LGBTQ students? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>appropriate for various ages? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>held on dates that are not religious holidays? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>… </li></ul></ul></ul>
    12. 15. Trouble #5: Facing Reluctance and Resistance <ul><li>Challenging people (oooo scary!) </li></ul><ul><li>Keeping morale up in face of challenges (think gay marriage debate!) </li></ul><ul><li>Expose through irony etc., the shallowness of arguments against diversity </li></ul><ul><li>Recognize and deal with silent adversity early! </li></ul>
    13. 17. Trouble #6: Organizations with a Past <ul><li>Dealing with reputation (possibly bad!) of your group on issues of diversity </li></ul><ul><li>Showing a willingness for positive change, back it up with action </li></ul>The New Yorker (Jan 22, 2001)
    14. 18. Brainstorming: Other Challenges?
    15. 19. “ The courts ruled we had to open it up to all stuffed animals” New Yorker (July 19, 1993)
    16. 20. Supporting Equity through Policy <ul><li>University of Toronto policy: </li></ul><ul><li>Handbook for Student Societies includes policies, guidelines and advice concerning the business and governance of Student Societies in the University of Toronto. </li></ul><ul><li>Use policy as a tool to legitimize your work, show institutional support e.g. UofT Statement on Human Rights, Statement on Prohibited Discrimination and Discriminatory Harrassment, Code of Student Conduct </li></ul>
    17. 21. Creating your own Policies
    18. 22. Putting Policy into Practice in your Group
    19. 23. Resources on Campus <ul><li>Student Affairs: Jim Delaney, Ian Simmie, </li></ul><ul><li>Equity Offices </li></ul><ul><li>College staff </li></ul><ul><li>Peer organizations </li></ul>
    20. 24. Questions and Discussion
    21. 25. Conclusion <ul><li>Don’t forget to fill in evaluation forms! </li></ul>Jude Tate: [email_address] Christopher Collins:
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