April 2018: Championing Diversity and Challenging Unconscious Bias

We’ve all been there. That awkward moment when a coworker makes a racist joke. Or when you see others judging your friend with the headscarf. Or your team laughs off a co-worker because they couldn’t understand the content underneath a heavy accent. Ugh. Maybe you freeze. Maybe you’ve perfected a snarky comeback. Or maybe, just maybe, you don’t say anything because you don’t want to rock the boat…

Many organizations are seeking ways to promote equality at all levels, including senior leadership. As with any change, this transition to equity has occurred (really) slowly. And frankly, so too have our attitudes and behaviours. At this event, we will explore how we can better understand the challenges due to unconscious bias (whether they are subtle or unintended) and discuss its impact on professionals including women of diverse backgrounds.

This What I Wish I Knew x WISER event addresses how we support professional minority women in the workplace. Yes, diversity and inclusion policies are critical, but it’s just as important that we stand up for each other in those small, awkward moments. So if you’re tired of the ebonics, fist-pumps or comments on your gal pal’s hijab, then we hope you’ll join us as we walk through the practical, everyday advice on how to be an ally at work.

Panelists include:

  • Shana Dion, Assistant Dean/ First Nations and Inuit Students, University of Alberta
  • Anna- Maria LeMaistre, Diversity and Inclusion Advisor, Enbridge
  • Rebecca Smillie, Community Investment Strategist
  • Dr. Ania Ulrich, Dean of Outreach Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Alberta

*Additional panelist information can be found here

Date: Thursday, April 19, 2018
Location: 8th floor, Donadeo Innovation Center for Engineering, University of Alberta
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 PM, doors open at 5:30 PM

Register Here Today – FREE

Doors open at 5:30 PM. Space is limited and tickets sell fast. Invite your friends and get your tickets today!

What I Wish I Knew is an event series that offers very, VERY practical advice for young female professionals. Whether it’s navigating traditional or sexist workplaces, or just simple get-‘er-done advice, we’ve got you.

For more information visit iwishiknew.ca #iWishiKnewYEG