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Diversity vs. Tokenism

Diversity is an important step towards equality, a relatively simple one that emphasizes equity and fairness. According to the Oxford dictionary, diversity is defined as “the practice or quality of including or involving people from a range of different social and ethnic backgrounds and of different genders, sexual orientations, etc.” Diversity is important for a …

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COVID and Diwali as Tools for Learning Cultural Competence

COVID-19 has impacted billions of people around the world to varying degrees. For the most part, our lives have changed socially, as we are expected to physically distance, limit our contacts, and follow other procedures to maintain public health and safety. While these expectations and suggestions are nearly universal within Canada and other parts of …

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unlearning Bullying

This week is Bullying Awareness week, so there is no better time to reflect on the many aspects of bullying, from causes, to impacts, to prevention, and so on. We’ve all learned about bullying in school, yet the issue persists, with too many young people falling victim to bullying each year. Perhaps there is an …

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Economic Inequality: The History of Redlining

Redlining, a term coined by sociologist John McKnight in the 1960s, refers to the discriminatory practice of systematically denying (typically financial) services to specific areas based on a demographic’s predominant race and ethnicity. Black inner city neighbourhoods were most notably affected by the discriminatory practice which denied many minority families of mortgages, insurance, loans etc. …

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Appreciation Vs. Appropriation: How to Stay Respectful This Halloween

Halloween is approaching, and due to the Coronavirus it will likely look and feel different this year. Nonetheless there is still fun to be had on this occasion. However you choose to celebrate, ensure you do so responsibly, prioritizing safety and ensuring you are respectful. One of the key aspects of Halloween requires a conscious …

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