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Anti-Racist Practice in Engineering:
Exploring, Learning & Solutions (ARPELS)

 

Workshop Series 1: Principles of Anti-Racism
February 9 and 11, 2021

 

This first workshop reviews anti-racism practices, promotes the sharing of experiences, provides an opportunity for self-reflection and the identification of action steps.

  • What does anti-racism mean?

  • How is it relevant to my work?

  • What can I do to promote equity?

  • What can be done in my unit?
     

Day 1: Key Topic Summary Clips

 

Setting the Stage
Theory of Change: AURA

In order to advance sustainable change, we need to create a context for Awareness, Understanding, Reflection (self & unit) and Action.

Note: Video will commence at the start of this topic and will continue for the duration of the workshop.
 

Setting the Stage
NORMS: CROP

This session is intended to promote nurturing relationships and understanding that leads to personal growth by abiding by the following norms:

  • Center the voices of BIPOC participants

  • Respect others

  • Open-mindedness

  • Perspective-taking

Note: Video will commence at the start of this topic and will continue for the duration of the workshop.
 

Review of Race and Racism

Race and Racism is reviewed with specific attention to their relevance to engineering and the underrepresentation of women and minorities.

  • Race is a socially constructed category system; no basis in biology

  • There is no middle ground between racist and anti-racist

  • Racism is a system comrised of

    • ​Racial inequities

    • Policies that create and maintain inequities

    • Racist ideas that justify these policies

  • ​Anti-racism is comprised of

    • ​A set of anti-racist policies

    • Justified by anti-racist ideas

    • That produce racial equality

Note: Video will commence at the start of this topic and will continue for the duration of the workshop.
 

The ABCs of Anti-Racist Practices

A discussion of how you can choose to be anti-racist by focusing on the following areas:

  • Attitudes = stable beliefs/dispositions

  • Behavior = actions, often guided by attitudes/values

  • Consistence = the notion that our behaviors will match our espoused attitudes

Note: Video will commence at the start of this topic and will continue for the duration of the workshop.
 

Review of Goals

  • Consider all groups equal in competence and motivation

  • Identify policies in our ambit that the norm of fairness

  • Commit to change ourselves and the systems of which we are part to ensure equity across all members

Note: Video will commence at the start of this topic and will continue for the duration of the workshop.
 

Day 2: Key Topic Summary Clips

 

Applying Anti-Racist Frameworks and Practices

A discussion on applying anti-racist frameworks and practices in regards to changing the system and changing the self, including:

  • Needed elements for advancing change

    • ​3 Rs: Resolve, Resources, Responsibility

  • ​​​Process components for change

    • ​Education, data collection, communication/messaging, resource (re)allocation, accountability

  • ​Strategies and methodologies

    • ​Focus: diversity, climate, equity

Note: Video will commence at the start of this topic and will continue for the duration of the workshop.
 

Best Practice Examples

An overview of practices that will help individuals look at their organizations in a more equitable context, including:

  • Investment

  • Diversification

  • Policies

  • Climate

  • Data

  • Create an Ecosystem

Note: Video will commence at the start of this topic and will continue for the duration of the workshop.


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