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Challenging

CHALLENGING / OVERCOMING SYSTEMIC BARRIERS


Challenging

SYSTEMIC BARRIERS

STEM FROM…

SYSTEMIC DISCRIMINATION / RACISM

DEFINED AS…

“The institutionalization of discrimination through policies and practices which may appear neutral on the surface but which have an exclusionary impact on particular groups, such that various minority groups are discriminated against intentionally or unintentionally.”

Source: Canadian Race Relations


Challenging

CONSEQUENTLY…

The process in reinforced in operating systems of society resulting in ‘SYSTEMIC BARRIERS’.

DEFINED AS…

“Barriers that restrict or limit access to resources or opportunities in various spheres and sectors within society such as employment, education, health, social services etc.

Source: HCCI Training Manual


Challenging

  • EXAMPLES OF SYSTEMIC BARRIERS

    • Hiring Practices

    • Promotion Procedures

    • Job Requirements

    • Unequal ACCESS to…


Challenging

  • CHALLENGING / OVERCOMING

  • SYSTEMIC BARRIERS

  • Utilizing a Multi-Tiered Approach…

    • Top-down

    • Stakeholders

    • Allies

    • Grassroots Mobilization

  • Public Education and Awareness

  • Active Civic Engagement

  • Advocacy

  • Empowerment


Challenging

  • PUBLIC EDUCATION AND AWARENESS

  • Promote Equitable Practices

  • Foster Inclusive, Integrated and Diverse Workplaces

  • Conduct Public Forums to Address Pertinent Issues

  • Advocate for Diversity Scans and Equity Scorecards

  • Develop an Inclusivity Radar

  • Become a Catalyst and Advocate for Change

  • Promote Active Civic Engagement


Challenging

EMPOWERMENT

“The process by which individuals and communities gain mastery of their lives.”Meredith Minkler

An intentional, ongoing process centered in the local community, involving mutual respect, critical reflection, caring and group participation through which people lacking an equal share of valued resources gain greater access to and control those resources.”

Cornell Empowerment Group


Challenging

SELF EMPOWERMENT

Key Steps… Education, learning,cultural awareness,

cultural acceptance etc.

Be aware of your own attitudes, stereotypes and

expectations.

Actively listen to and learn from other’s experiences.

Use language and behaviour that is non-biased and

inclusive of all people.


Challenging

SELF EMPOWERMENT

Project a feeling of understanding, love and support

when confronting individuals.

Establish standards of responsibility and behaviour

and hold yourself and others accountable.

Be a role model and be willing to take risks that

leadership demands.

Work collectively with others, organize and support

efforts that combat prejudice and oppression in all

its forms.

Acknowledge diversity and avoid stereotypical thinking.


Challenging

EMPOWERING OTHERS

  • Educate others…teachable moments.

  • Finding Allies

  • Building diverse relationships


Challenging

COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT

“No one community is untouched by or isolated from the challenges / problems in an adjoining community.”

HCCI Training Manual


Challenging

When Approaching Potential Allies…

  • Address issues of economic disparity, inequality,

    quality of life and opportunity.

  • Focus on issues which impacts all citizens such as

    safety, healthcare, employment etc.


Challenging

WHAT TO LOOK FOR?

  • Who else cares (or should)?

  • Who is able to help?

  • Who has the power?

  • Who benefits (or doesn’t)?

  • What can I offer to my ally?


Challenging

WHERE TO LOOK ?

  • Within spheres of influence

  • Like-minded acquaintances and colleagues

    • Within the student body

  • For parents and community groups

  • NOTE:It depends upon the issue where the most appropriate ally may be found


  • Challenging

    Q & A


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