- Get Uncomfortable and Join the Conversation
- Courageous Conversations
- Walk-in Wednesdays
- The “Really?” Campaign
- Reflection/Survey on Race and Racism
- Online Drop Box
- Get Educated
- Asian Heritage Month
The student EDI committee has hosted courageous conversations thus far, including conversations with the debate team, senior boys basketball team, house captains, senior girls basketball team and with other students who have shown interest. Courageous conversations are dialogues in which participants commit to engage each other with honesty, open-mindedness, and vulnerability; to listen deeply to better understand each other’s perspective; and to “sustain the conversation when it gets uncomfortable or diverted.”
At each conversation, group norms and expectations are laid out to create a safe and open environment. Then, a question surrounding EDI is discussed. This year we have focused heavily on race and racism. Some questions we have discussed include:
What does racism look like at Collingwood?
Why does racism continue to persist in society?
What is the definition of racism?
How do you feel when you are accused of racism?
How can I use my platform and privilege to dismantle racism?
Why is it so difficult to talk about racism?
Participants are always reminded to stay engaged, be respectful, and speak their truth. In addition, participants are reminded that disagreement and discomfort are inevitable, especially when the topic is race and oppression but dialogue is necessary for change to occur. We are expanding our conversations to include topics involving intersectionality, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) and other issues surrounding power, privilege and oppression.
Join students from the EDI committee in a safe space to voice your concerns, ask questions, share ideas, or just chat and learn with another person about EDI. This casual “drop-in” happens Wednesdays in the library.
11:30am-12:15pm (Grade 8-9 lunch)
12:15pm-1:00pm (Grade 11-12 lunch)
Gr.10’s are welcome to come with permission from their teacher.
Staff/faculty are welcome any time!
The really campaign is a strategy to interrupt all forms of discrimination. The idea is that if you hear someone make a discriminatory remark or microaggression, to interrupt it by asking the person “really?” The word can be said in several ways depending on the situation... and phrased like a question, calls people into conversation. And at the very least, “really?” can make someone think twice about their words. Here’s a video of committee members explaining The “Really?” Campaign.
Really Campaign Posters designed by Grade 8/9 students - click on one to scroll through the gallery:
On Black Shirt Day, January 15, the EDI Student Committee hosted the Flex block for the day. They shared this short video, discussing the meaning of Black Shirt Day and then asked students/staff/faculty to participate in a reflection/survey in which people would have the chance to think about what they know or don’t know about race and racism. 493 people in our community participated, which provided a lot of data for us in regard to our thoughts, feelings and understanding of race and racism. The data was shared in the “Get Uncomfortable and Join the Conversation” video produced by the committee.
The drop box is a safe space to leave a note of concern, a question, an experience, or an idea regarding equity, diversity and inclusion at Collingwood School. If you want us to follow up with you personally, leave your name, grade, and email. That said, you may also remain anonymous; we just will not be able to follow up with you directly. Thank you for having the courage to share.
A physical drop box can be found in the Morven library.
- Current Issues/Recent News
- Book Recommendations
- Informative Movies
- Websites and Online Resources
- Webinars, Conferences, and Workshops
- “May is Asian Heritage Month”
(stay tab below for more information)
Alarming surge in anti-Asian violence:
- American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
(Summer reading with Ms. Gleicher and Ms. Davidson)
- Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
(Summer reading with Ms. Dey)
- City of Sheol by Sunny Sun
(Summer reading with Mr. Jolliffe)
- How to be an Anti-Racist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
- Kings, Queens and In Betweens by Tanya Boteju
(Summer reading with Ms. Grivakes and Ms. Bremner)
- Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present by Robyn Maynard
(Summer reading with Mr. Pimentel)
- The Skin We’re In by Desmond Cole
(Summer reading with Ms. Mulder)
- So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
- White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
- You Should See Me in a Crown By Leah Johnson
(Summer reading with Ms. Evans)
Check out these websites and online resources (these have been curated by EDI Student members and will be updated from time to time):
Participate in webinars, conferences and workshops like:
- The History of Asian-Americans and Combatting Stereotypes in Education
(Free recorded webinar)
- The Activist Within You: A Global High School Conference (May 12-14)
Please see Mr. Pimentel, Mr. Jolliffe, Ms. Weiss or Ms. Bosa to register.
- Stop Asian Hate Training
- Democracy in a Pandemic
Please see Sophia Garofalo/RoundSquare to register.
- Student Diversity Leadership Conference
See site for dates/location for 2021-2022.
- You Belong Summit
Dates for next year TBD.
- Bystander Intervention Training to Stop Anti-Asian/Xenophobic Harassment
May is Asian Heritage Month. During this month we learned how to speak up against Asian hate, practice bystander intervention training, explored the impact of stereotypes and the model minority myth, and learned about Asian history and culture in Canada.
AHM Kick off/Intro video with Carolyn Yu and Jessica Zhang.
The Impact of East Asian Representation in Hollywood, a documentary by Jessica Zhang (Gr. 11).
The 5d’s of Bystander Intervention with Jena Yue and Angela Zhu.