Submitted by Steven Lorenzo Baileys, Community Development Coordinator
As community members, each of us has opportunities to engage in “courageous conversations” around how we can recognize and respond to racism, discrimination, and hate in our community. During the week of March 19 to 23, the University of Victoria hosted the 5 Days of Action event — a unique initiative of “courageous conversations” about race, hate, harassment, and discrimination. This interdisciplinary event included lively dialogues, engaging workshops, colourful art displays, and provocative presentations designed to foster conversations and share knowledge about how UVic and the broader community can work together to eliminate discrimination, harassment, and sexualized violence.
5 Days of Action is a first time event organized by the UVic Human Rights and Equity Office (HREQ). The HREQ is a long time member of the Community Partnership Network and has worked with ICA over the years on a number of anti-discrimination community education events.
ICA’s Community Development Coordinator Steven Baileys was pleased to be part of this initiative and helped co-facilitate a half-day workshop entitled: “Engaging Racism and Its Corollaries.” The workshop explored the roots of racism and discrimination at both the individual and societal levels. Participants learned strategies and tools to root out racism and discrimination in all its forms. At the conclusion of the workshop, participants committed to a call to action by pledging to be an “active witness and champion” whenever they see discrimination taking place. The 5 Days of Action initiative asked every community member to stay the course and dedicate themselves to 365 days of action to make our community a safer and better place for everyone.
Thanks to Moussa Magassa and Casbreea Dewis of HREQ for inviting ICA to co-facilitate and deliver the workshop.
If you want to learn more about the 5 Days of Action event: https://www.uvic.ca/equity/education/5-days-action/index.php
For more information about the Community Partnership Network: www.icavictoria.org/community/cpn/
Photo: Participants at the Engaging Racism and Its Intersections workshop