The purpose of this webinar is to examine how anti-Blackracism affects the opportunities for students to succeed.Participants will explore topics on unconscious bias, racism, and discrimination. They will also learn approaches to address anti-Black racism in schools. Participants will leave the webinar with a deeper understanding of the systemic barriers affecting Black students and proactive approaches to close opportunity gaps, including by strengthening culturally responsive teaching practices.
The webinar will address the following issues: Anti-Black racism and how it manifests in the education system; How privilege, microaggressions and unconscious bias enable anti-Black racism; The impact of anti-Black racism on students; How to challenge systemic barriers that hinder the opportunities for Black students to succeed in school; How to close opportunity gaps, including through culturally responsive teaching; and collaborating with parents and communities to address anti-Black racism.
Thank you to everyone who participated in this webinar.
Panelist: Mante Molepo
Mante Molepo is a lawyer, human rights advocate, and equity and diversity advisor. She works with organizations to address equity, diversity and inclusion, focusing on unconscious bias and anti-Black racism. She is also a founding member of Parents for Diversity, an organization committed to creating equitable and inclusive learning environments for all students. In 2018, Mante was recognized as one of Canada’s 100 Accomplished Black Women. Mante is on the Board of Directors of human rights organizations, including Amnesty International Canada.
Moderator: Len Rudner
Len Rudner is Principal at Len Rudner & Associates, a consultancy focusing on community advocacy, diversity & inclusion and human rights. He is the former Director of Community Relations and Outreach for the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA).
Prior to working with CIJA Len was employed in successive roles with Canadian Jewish Congress, acting as Ontario Regional Director, National Director of Community Relations and Ontario Director of Community Relations. He has represented the position of the Jewish community on a variety of issues including antisemitism, discrimination in the workplace, reasonable accommodation and Holocaust denial. He has represented CIJA and CJC at international conferences focusing on Holocaust education, antisemitism, hate speech and freedom of speech.