Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Western is committed to fostering Equity, Diversity and Inclusion within the campus community and as such has recently hired a new EDI Education Coordinator within Student Experience. Check this page as we will continue to add new educational EDI pieces and work.
- Justice: fixing the system to offer equal access to both tools and opportunities
- Equity: custom tools that identify and address inequality
- Equality: evenly distribute tools and assistance
- Inequality: unequal access to opportunities
Institutional: policies and practices that reinforce racist standards within a workplace or organization
Structural: multiple institutions collectively upholding racist policies and practices (ex. Society)
Interpersonal: racist acts and micro-aggressions carried out from one person to another
Internalized: the subtle and overt messages that reinforce negative beliefs and self-hatred in individuals
Racism: the belief that your race is superior to others (must have power and influence to believe so)
Prejudice: a preconceived opinion or belief that is not based on reason or experience (disregard for, or lack of, factual reason)
Discrimination: acting on one's prejudice
- This can be denying someone their rights or access to spaces because of their gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sex, etc.
Oppression: a prolonged cruel and unjust treatment of a group by harnessing prejudice and discrimination within the legal, social, economic, and cultural parts of society
- This is rooted in historical, institutional, ideological, and structural forms of power
Intersectionality is the interconnected nature or social categorizations such as race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group, regarded as creating overlapping interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage.
- I am a gay, White male
- I am a Black woman
- I am an upper-class Asian female
- I am a Black man with a disability
The goal of intersectionality is to acknowledge and show how multiple overlapping identity markers interconnect.
- Take the time to better understand the Canadian context of #BlackLivesMatter.
- Become aware of the importance of demanding justice.
- Tap into existing resources for self-education.
- Unlearn learned behaviour.
- Support the Black Community by shifting the responsibility of education on to yourself.
What Can You Do As An Ally to Help Stop The Stigma?
- Continue to educate yourself and others from reputable resources such as public health officials.
- Share accurate information about the pandemic.
- Speak up if you witness xenophobia or racism through the spread of misinformation
- If you experience anti-Asian racism, you can virtually submit a complaint to the student code of conduct through this link.
ResourcesPROTECH - aims to reduce the negative psychosocial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Chinese Canadians and other affected groups while promoting community resilience.
Addressing Anti-Asian Racism: A Resource for Educators - A TDSB resource to empower educators to take action against anti-Asian racism.
Microinvalidations: subtly or obviously denying or attacking the experiences, feelings, and thoughts that people of colour have
- Ex. "I don't see colour, we are all human beings, all lives matter," and grouping different experiences a of racial/ethnic group
- What it does: can make people of colour feel invisible and frustrated
Microinsults: verbal and nonverbal insults that demean or discredit people of colour
- Ex. "you speak so well/articulate, he's so angry/she's spicy, I can't believe you wrote that," judging appearances
- What it does: can affect the self-esteem of people of colour
Micro-assaults: very explicit verbal or nonverbal attacks against people of colour
- Ex. Using racial slurs, avoiding eye contact, saying things like "Black men scare me/FEM (female to male transgender individuals) are not real men."
- Ex. Guilty before innocent for Black youth
Allyship and Calls to Action
- Donate to a legal defence fund locally in Canada or internationally in the US.
- Buy from Black-owned businesses as much as possible.
- Stream this video to donate. All proceeds from the ads are going to US-based non-profit organizations.
- Justice for George Floyd Petition
- Colors of Change Petition
- Justice for Breonna Taylor Petition
- Justice for Ahmaud Arbery Petition
1. Listen intently. Listen to those impacted by racism to learn and listen to those who are inflicting the cyclical pain of racism to call them in and educate them.
2. Self-evaluate your own practices and implicit biases. For example, are you sub-consciously choosing to only have friends from the same socio-economic or racial backgrounds as yourself?
3. Stand up and speak up in the race of racism, discrimination and oppression in person and digitally.
4. Speak WITH not FOR marginalized communities by uplifting the voices you are trying to support.
5. Transfer the benefits of your privileges to others.
6. Learn to receive and accept criticism on your practices with grace. Learning to practice allyship is a journey. You are going to make mistakes and people will correct you. Don’t take it personally. Learn to accept the feedback gracefully and learn from the mistake.
Racial Trauma and Support
Here are some ways that you can support someone in need:
- Send a message to your friends who are impacted by this the most. Recognize that you may not receive a response, and that is fine as that is part of the grieving process.
- If possible, drop off contact-less care packages to your friends who are impacted by this the most. Be sure to take the opportunity to include items and resources that you know they could really use right now.
- Donate in your friends’ names to Black-owned non-profit organizations that are offering resources to the Black community.
- Offer your friend the space to call/facetime and freely talk without feeling the need to offer solutions or “fix” the problem. The problem is systemic. You can do your part to change the system in your everyday practices. But when giving your friend the space to grieve, it is okay to not have to “fix the problem”.