Regional Diversity Roundtable Newsletter: December 2014
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  • Community Events

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RDR Updates

End of Year Reflections - Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015!
As 2014 comes to a close, we are taking the time to celebrate our accomplishments as well as reflect on some of the challenges we have faced this year. We successfully met many of our OTF community deliverables and held key diversity, equity and inclusion events in Peel. On the other hand, we recognize that building an organization is an on-going process. We thank everyone who has been part of RDR this year and has helped its growth. With our new committed staff, the guidance of our experts on the board and the support of our member organizations, we are looking forward to meeting our Y3 OTF deliverables in addition to furthering diversity, equity and inclusion work in Peel Region. 

RDR Changes - A New Face!
We are excited to introduce our new Project Coordinator, Pamela Uppal. She holds a Master's degree in Women Studies & Feminist Research and comes to us with diverse experience in facilitation & non-profit management, clinical work in social services and research/policy work in academic settings. She is not only passionate about equity and diversity projects but also about Peel Region's growth and potential. Please connect with her regarding any RDR enquiries.

Become an RDR Member!
We are always excited to have new Peel organizations join RDR and become part of a collaborative network engaging in diversity, equity and inclusion work.  If your organization is interested in becoming a member, please contact our RDR coordinator. For more information on criteria and expectations of RDR members check our our website, Membership Criteria & Expectations.

Request For Proposal: Web Development 
RDR's Diversity and Inclusion Charter is requesting proposals for the development of it's upcoming website. Check out the posting on our website for more information and forward the posting to your networks. The deadline to submit is January 8, 2015. For more information contact Project Lead Amrita Kumar Ratta

Projects & Initiatives

Ministry of Education Training
On November 28th  we completed our year long training initiative with MOE and TCU. At completion, we have trained 230 participants using 4 custom modules. It has been a successful journey, for both RDR and MOE. 

Big Brothers Big Sisters Halton 
RDR will be working with BBBSH in developing a culturally competent curriculum for their Go Girls program in 2015. 

Diversity Charter 
On November 25th, RDR Project Lead, Amrita Kumar-Ratta presented an introduction to the D&I Charter Phase 2 Initiative at the Building Healthy Communities Monthly Meeting at the Region of Peel in Mississauga. The presentation can be accessed here

The deadline for the Evaluation Consultant is fast approaching on December 5th – spread the word about the posting if you have not done so already! See the job posting here.

Keep checking out our Facebook Group, follow our new LinkedIn and the conversations on twitter using the handle @rdrpeel and the hashtags #diversitycharter, #DICharter and #equityinpeel. For more information on the Charter, Phase 2 and how you can get involved contact Amrita.

Resources & Tools

edX Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education: UBC Faculty of Education is delivering a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), a free 6-week course on Indigenous Education that begins on January 27, 2015.

Participants will learn about Indigenous Education through the lens of reconciliation, and will engage with educational leaders and resources that provide direction for how education programs and teaching practices can be modified in order to meaningfully integrate Indigenous knowledge world views and pedagogies in classrooms, schools and communities.

Canadian Institute of Diversity & Inclusion: Webinar Understanding Hidden Bias on December 9/14 

Funding Opportunity from Girls Action Foundation: Girls Action is giving out a limited number of subsidies to National Network members to implement their action-oriented projects that raise awareness about issues important to young women and girls as well as their communities. There are three themes this year: Newcomer and immigrant girls engaging in violence prevention, Celebrating Women’s History in Canada and Girls as Community Leaders. To apply for a subsidy, register your action and you may be selected to receive funding for it. Deadline is December 7/14.

Funding Opportunity from Women's College Hospital, Women's Xchange: Inviting both community organizations and academics to apply for the $15k Challenge: What would you do with $15k to improve women's health? Deadline for notice of intent is Jan 5/15 and for the proposal it's Feb 2/15.

Media Release - Labour Survey Reveals Domestic Violence is Widespread and Following People to Work: Western University’s Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children (CREVAWC) in partnership with the Canadian Labour Congress, conducted a groundbreaking survey which asked 8,429 workers if they’d experienced domestic violence. One third said yes. Of those, 82% said the violence negatively affected their work performance. Almost 40% said it kept them from getting to work, and for almost 10% it meant losing their job. More than half said the violence continued at or near the workplace in the form of harassing emails, calls and texts, or stalking and physical violence. Check out the full report here!

Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children: Online Learning Courses, Assessment Tools & Other ResourcesVAW Reports and Publications 

Ontario Ministry of Labour Resources: Workplace Violence and Workplace Harassment


Community Updates

PCAWA will be hosting In HER Honour: December 6th Vigil and Shoe Memorial
Date: Saturday December 6th 2014
Time: 11am - 2pm 
Location: Living Arts Centre in Mississauga 

The Council of Agencies Serving South Asians (CASSA) will be hosting their 1st annual Brown Canada 2020 Summit
Date: December 10th 2014
Time: 9am - 4pm
Location: Founders College Assembly Hall, 152 Founders College, York University
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