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Dr. Karen Mock Lunch and Learn
January 19, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
From Multiculturalism to Anti-Racism to Equity
Ongoing Challenges and Recent Developments in Anti-Oppression Education and Practice
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
What does it mean when we say we must create safe spaces to ensure silenced and marginalized victims of discrimination and oppression can build trust and have their voices heard? What if some of those spaces are safe for some and not others? What happens when the oppressed becomes the oppressor? Or the victim becomes the victimizer?
In our increasingly troubled world, at times it seems more and more difficult to put theory and policy into practice. How do we stay true to our principles when we may have had different lived experiences in areas of conflict and very different narratives to describe our experiences? And why is it more important than ever to create an environment for real dialogue during times of conflict and extremism?
These are some of the questions that will be addressed in this session, which will include an anti-racism approach to building allies in our struggle for equity and understanding.
Dr. Karen Mock is a human rights consultant, educational psychologist and teacher educator. She is former Executive Director of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF), former National Director of the League for Human Rights of B’nai Brith Canada, and Past Chair of the Canadian Multiculturalism Advisory Committee (CMAC) to the Secretary of State. Considered a pioneer in the field, she was a founding member of the Anti-Racist Multicultural Education Network of Ontario (AMENO), Blacks and Jews in Dialogue, the Women’s Interfaith Dialogue (WIN), the Canadian Association of Jews and Muslims (CAJM), and the Arab Jewish Leadership Dialogue Group. She chaired the Hate Crimes Community Working Group for the Attorney General and the Minister of Community Safety and Corrections, and was Senior Policy Advisory to then Minister of Education, Hon. Kathleen Wynne, for the development and delivery of Ontario’s Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy. Dr. Mock has published widely and has received many awards and honours for her work — most recently the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal “for service to her peers, community and country.”