Being Anti-racist at Work: Using Tools to Drive Change
Date & Time
Tuesday, April 26, 2022, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Sukhdeep Jassar Seren Friskie Gurvaan Mann Toni Carlton

We will be sharing our learnings with how we developed strong reciprocal relationship with an external consultant (The Commons)  in creating an intentional intervention using an anti-racism organizational assessment, which included racially caucused discussions, in the work environment.   Strong leadership within our organization, as well as accountability to youth across the province were drivers in our collective change as a backbone organization supporting Integrated Youth Services in health care across our province.  The results from the assessment are shared using a composite narrative description of the barriers faced by IBPOC staff and youth.  We co-design a visual, which shows how implemented recommendations can change the story and experience.  As we evolved from completing the organization assessment, receiving recommendations, to actions, our working group structures evolved as well, in order to increase support for changing process, policy and practice within the organization.  We shifted away from using traditional data and recommendations into a more grounded way of story-telling and experience, while also using recommendations to visualize a new way of being.  

We will also share our experience of supporting a centre that provides integrated youth services in a local community and discuss how we determined the nuance of our role as a backbone organization, compared to the local leadership.  Lastly, we will discuss how we engaged with young people to drive the conversations and changes needed to name and respond to the racism and discrimination experienced by IBPOC staff and service users. 

Session Type
Concurrent How To Session
Conference Theme 2022
Culture and Narrative Change