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Customizable Workshops

The Education and Awareness unit is happy to customize our workshops for your group, department or classroom. Below are some examples of workshops on offer or we can create one to meet your specific needs.

Cost: Free

Length: One to two and half hours

Aboriginal awareness

The struggles and resistance of Aboriginal Peoples of Turtle Island continue today and are implicated in the identity of Ryerson students, staff and faculty. This interactive workshop explores political language relating to identification, history of oppressive legislation and the current impacts.

In this session, you’ll learn the basics of understanding the different barriers that Aboriginal student’s face getting to university and staying in university.

Accessibility: No barriers at Ryerson

Raise your awareness of disability and accessibility issues and their intersections on our campus by exploring the best practices for working and learning with persons with disabilities.

In this session, you will discover ways to remove barriers in your interactions with people with disabilities and how you can become an ally and advocate for disability rights.

Diversity: Understanding our differences

Participants increase their understanding of diversity and the complexities of individual difference. Respecting diversity is about moving beyond tolerance for one’s differences embracing the rich and unique dimensions of diversity contained within each and every individual.

In this session, you’ll answer the questions: How do we begin these conversations? How can we share about ourselves while learning about others? How do we cultivate and enhance an inclusive learning environment that values diverse learning and pedagogical styles to ensure that each individual reaches their full potential?

Empower yourself: Know your human rights

Knowing what your rights and responsibilities are is an important first step to help you recognize and address issues related to discrimination and harassment. Learn the key components of Ryerson's Discrimination and Harassment Prevention Policy to empower yourself as a student or employee.

In this session you will learn what constitutes discrimination and harassment and develop strategies to address both.

Harassment in the workplace

Harassment is generally about power - both ways of maintaining it or getting it. In many aspects of our society, the behaviors associated with the various forms of harassment are considered normal. Under the Ontario Human Rights Code, it is the impact of the action or behavior that counts, not the intent.

In this session, you’ll learn to recognize harassing behaviors and find out what you can do about them.

Positive Space ally

Heterosexism, homophobia and transphobia continue to have a negative impact on the wellbeing of queer and transgender students, faculty and staff. Working together to create and maintain safe, welcoming, affirming and inclusive work, study and living environments is the goal of the Positive Space Ally program.

In this session you will increase your awareness of sexual and gender diversity and acquire tools to challenge homophobia, heterosexism and transphobia on our campus and beyond.

Race, reality and relationships

The topic of race and its reality within our relationships at school and in the community are closely examined. Using individual and group exercises, you will explore your understanding of how power and privilege affect us all.

In this session, you will gain a greater understanding of the need to be respectful of our differences, while also celebrating them.

Sexual harassment and dating violence

Sexual harassment and dating violence continues to be a problem on campuses. Learn about some of the key indicators that warn individuals about the potential for dating violence in their intimate relationships.

In this session, learn how to recognize and deal with unwelcome or unwanted behavior that could be considered sexual harassment.

Do you have an idea for an education and awareness workshop?

Have you have conducted research or produced a publication that you want to share with the Ryerson community? Do you have an idea for an equity, diversity and inclusion conversation?

If so, let us know! We will look after the space and promotions and make copies of the materials you wish to share - we only need your time and expertise.

To learn more, book a session or submit an idea

Contact Darrell Bowden, education and awareness coordinator, dbowden@ryerson.ca or 416-979-5000 ext. 6567.