At times taking action towards confronting racism and inequities within the workplace can feel daunting, and we don’t always know where to begin. We all know there is work to do and that the work is vital, but often it is difficult to prioritize the work precisely because it feels overwhelming. Creating the long-lasting, systemic change needed to address racial injustice and societal inequities requires us all to act. This means that collectively, we must find opportunities within our circle of influence to find opportunities for action.
The purpose of this toolkit is to support leaders to start the dialogue, begin to explore their role in creating an anti-racist institution and deepen their understanding of what it means to be an anti-racist leader. The resources below provide a starting place for individual learning, group conversations and action. Begin anywhere; there is no right place to start. As a leadership team, you are encouraged to come together and actively share and reflect on the content and your corresponding actions. Share your new insights, ideas, and actions with your colleagues, teams, family, and community. It will take all of us working together to meet the challenges ahead; a cultural transformation requires collective commitment and collective action.
Below, we've put together various resources to help you get started confronting racism and inequities within the workplace.
In this toolkit, we have provided the following resources:
- Web Resources
- GBC Resources
- Equity Talk to Equity Walk by Brown by Bensimon and Malcom-Piqueux
- The Conversation: How Talking Honestly Abour Racism Can Transform Individuals and Organizations by Robert Livingston
- Anti-Racism Leadership by James D. White with Krista White
- The Equity Myth by F.Henry ,E.Dua, C.James, A.Kobayashi,P. Li, H.Ramos &M.Smith
- Racism In Canada Is Ever-Present, But We Have A Long History Of Denial
- Five Charts that show what Systemic Racism Looks like in Canada
- Dominant Cultural Narratives, Racism, and Resistance in the Workplace: A Study of the Experiences of Young Black Canadians
- Mapping the Leaky Leadership Pipelines at Five Canadian Universities
- Building the Anti-Racist University: next steps
- Anti-Racist Leadership: Why it matters and how to become one
- How Managers Can Promote Healthy Discussions about race
- 10 Tips for Putting Intersectionality into Practice
- 3 Things Managers Can Do to Confront Micro-aggressions
- The Six Traits of Inclusive Leadership
Disclaimer: We recognize that these resources may not be perfect and may contain views, opinions or information that do not necessarily reflect those of George Brown College, however, these items have been selected because we believe they provide an opportunity for discourse and supports engagement with these topics. We invite you to be curious, open, critical and kind in your exploration.