This interactive self-directed learning resource was created in response to an identified gap for students participating in experiential learning activities. It serves as a preparatory tool for students on how to navigate real-life scenarios they may encounter in the workplace, in the classroom and community and other settings where experiential learning may take place. This resource consists of seven modules. Each module will introduce learners to equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) within the work context and their rights and responsibilities in the worksetting as new professionals embarking on their post-graduate journeys. Learners will be taken through a series of brief simulated experiences, interactive self-assessments, reflections, insights from peers and professionals, as well as educational content on key issues in EDI; learning and unlearning behaviours, attitudes and actions that contribute to circumstances of exclusion that limit participation and potential of individuals. By the end of this resource, learners should be able to respond to issues of discrimination and become active participants in integrating equity into their professional and personal lives.
Below is a brief overview of the modules:
- Module 1: Key Concepts in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion – This module introduces fundamental concepts, terminology and theory in equity, diversity and inclusion, serving as an introduction to and creating terms of reference for subsequent modules. Learners will be informed about applicable laws so that they are aware of their civic duty and legal rights.
- Module 2: Anti-Indigenous Racism – This module focuses on Indigenous experiences in the creation of “Canada” and the impact of colonialism and exclusion.
- Module 3: Anti-Black Racism – This module introduces historical experiences of Black-identified peoples and the impact of exclusion.
- Module 4: Ableism and Accessibility – This module focuses on accessibility, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and visible and non-visible disabilities.
- Module 5: Gender Equity – This module focuses on gender equity in the workplace, specifically on the experiences of women in the workplace.
- Module 6: 2SLGBTQIA+ and Transgender Inclusion – This module introduces learners to the barriers 2SLGBTQIA+ and transgender people face within the workplace, including respectful and affirming language and behaviours that challenge homophobia and transphobia.
- Module 7: Understanding Harassment – This module introduces various types of harassment and microaggressions that may occur in the workplace, with a special focus on sexual violence. Learners will also find information about their legal rights and responsibilities.
Below are the learning outcomes for this resource. By the end of this resource, you should be able to:
- Examine implicit bias, as well as the attitudinal and behavioural barriers to racial equity, inclusion, reciprocity and reconciliation.
- Identify strategies to build intercultural competencies explored through the simulations.
- Learn about your rights and responsibilities in creating and seeking equity across settings, contributing to inclusive spaces.
- Utilize tools and strategies for self-advocacy and allyship.
- Understand the historical and contemporary issues as they relate to EDI and specific equity-deserving groups within a Canadian context.
- Describe the impacts of exclusion and discrimination as it relates to specific equity-deserving groups and their experiences with employment and the workplace.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the intersectional experiences of diverse peoples.
- Identify strategies for preparing for and navigating through the workplace/labour market and society as it relates to issues of equity.
- Explain applicable grounds for legal protections and obligations of the employer to prevent and respond to discrimination and harassment.
- Identify resources and supports for those who have experienced harassment and discrimination.