Toronto, Ontario -- (ReleaseWire) -- 03/13/2014 -- Diversity is a blanket term used in education, services, institutions and business. But “diversity speak” can supplant critical conversations about power, race and racism. What does it mean to move beyond diversity in a society that often views itself as “post-racial”? On Wednesday March 26, respected anti-racism author and speaker Tim Wise will address these crucial issues at Beyond Diversity: Being Race Conscious in a Diverse Society.
Hosted by METRAC, a community organization that prevents violence, and Turner Consulting Group, a company that promotes equity and inclusion in organizations, Beyond Diversity will examine the impact of privilege and power on the way we relate with each other and address what it means to be an effective anti-racism ally in contexts where “song, food, dance” are too often the focus. This presentation will kick off the March 27 and 28 inclusion conference for workplace and service environments, From Counting People to Making People Count.
Tim Wise is author of “White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son” and a prominent anti-racist writer and educator. Recently named one of “25 Visionaries Who are Changing Your World” by Utne Reader, he has spoken across the United States, Canada and Bermuda on racism and education, religion and the labor market. At Beyond Diversity, Wise will provide essential insights on the intersection of race, racism and work, learning and service environments. This presentation is ideal for students, human resource and equity-promoting professionals, and anyone seeking to explore and build their own anti-racist practice.
Beyond Diversity will take place March 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at YMCA Central, (20 Grosvenor Street, Toronto, Ontario). It will a question and answer session with moderated by Wendy Komiotis, Executive Director of METRAC. For more information about the presentation and the following conference, visit http://www.metrac.org.