This certificate course aims to enhance the participants’ learning and engagement with their colleagues, within their institutions and society as a whole. They will evolve from reticent behaviours to utilize key terminology in discussions by using a critical lens to the engagements, policies and structures that they navigate daily. Being an Anti-racist for many is a life’s journey while others have walked the path of social justice for decades. WE all sit at various cross roads and junctures in dealing with the changing tides of racism, discrimination, and harassment but WE must all conduct ourselves in positive manners that call out and address these issues. An Anti-racist does not sit in silence or indifference but ACTS!
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” –MLK, Letter to Birmingham 1963
We are excited to offer you this online course to help you build and utilize practices, strategies and solutions. This guide offers a rationale and measured process for educating and enhancing people’s Anti-Racist engagement. It also offers some case studies along with many resources to assist further research problems that concern them.
Educator, Advocate, Public Speaker
Yvette Blackburn, BA, is an educator, advocate, public speaker, and much sought after diversity consultant in education and government settings. She teaches at the elementary and college levels. Yvette has an extensive background in counseling, equity/diversity, policy and program training, fiscal responsibility, and fiduciary rights. Yvette is a long-standing community advocate and leader, sitting on various Boards of Directors, task forces, and committees. She has been a counselor for at-risk and underserved students and an employment counselor assisting racialized and new Canadian women having difficulty attaining and retaining employment. Besides, she has been an instructor with TriOS College teaching Canadian Government and Criminology in the Police Foundations Program.
Yvette is a trained facilitator and considered a subject matter expert on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion with specific emphasis on Anti-Black Racism, anti-racism, and oppression. Her expansive working knowledge of Human Rights, race relations, gender bias and neutrality, LGBTQI, Transphobia, feminism, and inter-sectionality shapes fulsome dialogue, analysis, and comprehension. She has facilitated and managed multiple projects, including Risk in Non-Profit Organizations, leading Boards effectively and strategically. Her focus on counseling and mediation involves guidance, liaison, conflict resolution, health promotion, and wellness, interviewing, negotiation skills, advising, investigation, anger management, participative management style, an advocate of team concepts, tact, innovation, flexibility, service-oriented, sound reasoning, assertive, customer service focused, results-oriented.