Equity, anti-oppression and advancing EDIA

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Building UM Community Through Dialogue Listening, learning, leading series

This series is a step toward creating foundations for campus dialogues beyond polarization, where complexity is appreciated without demands for resolution, and where compassion and humanity enliven debate within our community.

Registration required. All panelists, participants, and audience members will agree to the community accountability guidelines at the time of registration.

Teaching about Polarizing Topics. Teaching in Polarized Moments.

Date: TBA

Details coming soon.


Check out previous events in this series

Centering Humanity: Human Rights Frameworks in times of Violence, Discrimination and Hatred

Date: April 11, 2024

Dr. Jacoby has been teaching Middle East politics and the Arab-Israeli conflict for roughly 30 years. She has published widely on Middle East-related topics and spent considerable time studying, working and living in Jerusalem.


Centering Humanity: Human Rights Frameworks in times of Violence, Discrimination and Hatred

Date: March 28, 2024


  • Karen Sharma, Executive Director, Manitoba Human Rights Commission
  • Art Miki, CM, OM, Japanese-Canadian activist, former MB Citizenship Judge
  • Lionel Steiman, Senior Scholar, History, University of Manitoba 
  • Moderator: Tina Chen, Vice-Provost (Equity)


Digital Harms: Online Hate and Racism

Date: February 12, 2024

Workshop delivered by Foundation for a Path Forward.

Anti-Ableism and Accessibility Speaker Series

Funded by the 2023 Robbins-Ollivier Award for Excellence in Equity, this series will feature leading disability scholars and activists working at the intersections of critical disability, Indigenous Studies, Black Studies and Queer Studies.

Check out the list of previous speakers in the series:

A Manifesto for a Disability Justice in Academia

Guest speaker: Agnès Berthelot-Raffard

Associate Professor, Critical Disability Studies, School of Healthy Policy and Management, York University

Berthelot-Raffard will explore whether Canadian universities are designed to consider justice for people with disabilities. She will discuss the anti-ableist utopia and outline the five principles that guide disability justice in the academic world.

Date of event: April 5, 2024


Disability, Revolution? Access, Intersectionality, and Resistance in Disability Culture

Guest speaker: Robert McRuer

Professor, Department of English, George Washington University

McRuer discusses the idea of "one-dimensional disability", a disability identity that does not consider solidarity with other movements for social justice. His talk considers the vibrancy, intersectionality, and multi-dimensionality of social justice movements which actively seek solidarity across a range of differences, namely, Mad Pride, disability justice, and queercrip culture.

Date of event: March 6, 2024


Disability decolonized: Lived experiences, Indigenous knowledges and teaching from Txeemism

Guest speaker: Rheanna E. Robinson

Associate Professor, Department of First Nations Studies at the University of Northern British Columbia 

Robinson combines her personal experiences and academic pursuits to examine tensions between traditional Indigenous perspectives and contemporary views of disability for Indigenous peoples. She will share how Indigenous knowledge and worldviews have the potential to transform the understanding of disability in Canada and the world.

Date of event: November 24, 2023


Other available workshops and trainings

Teaching and learning for faculty, staff and graduate students

The Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning offers a variety of programs and workshops on topics relating to equity, anti-oppression, anti-racism, accessibility, diversity and inclusion. 

Upcoming workshops include:

Examples of workshops recently offered by The Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning:

  • Validating Diverse Knowledges in Your Course
  • Designing an Inclusive Syllabus
  • Inclusive Pedagogies – EDI Principles in Practice
  • Inclusive Pedagogies Faculty Learning Community
  • Navigating Difficult Discussions
  • Supporting Diverse Graduate Students (CATL and Faculty of Graduate Studies)
  • Inclusive and Anti-Racist Pedagogies
  • Addressing Racism in Teaching and Learning
  • Conversations on Inclusive and Anti-Racist Pedagogies

Sexual Violence

Sexual Violence Awareness

Available through UM Learn. Log in to find more information about this course.

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Responding to Sexual Violence Disclosures

Faculty and staff: Register through Learning and Organizational Development.

Students: Contact the Sexual Violence Resource Centre for a cost-free workshop.

Email svrc@umanitoba.ca

Learn more about the training

Indigenous Knowledges

Summer Institute on Literacy in Indigenous Content

For more information and to register, visit the Summer Institute UM Intranet page. The information can be found on the Faculty of Arts UM Intranet site under the "Units" area of the menu.

Registration for the 2024 sessions will begin in March 2024

Working in Good Ways Framework and Resources for Indigenous Community Engagement

For additional Indigenous-focused events, such as Fireside Chats and Sharing Circles with Elders-in-Residence, please visit Migizii Agamik Indigenous Student Centre:

Student support at Migizii Agamik


Accessibility for Manitobans Act compliance training

Access UM Learn


Creating Accessible materials

Contact the Centre for Advancement of Teaching and Learning:

Accessible course design coaching

Other sessions

Stop, Talk and Roll: Addressing Micro-Aggressions in Your Clinical Teaching Practice

Contact the Rady Faculty Office of Equity, Access, and Participation:

Learn more about equity, access and participation

EDIA: Foundations course

colour pencil crayons EDIA: Foundations (or EDIA 0100) is a new course offered free for the UM Community. Each learner enters conversations around topics in equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility with different knowledge, skills, and lived experiences, reflecting their own unique social location and position. The course introduces participants to the skills of critical self-assessment, social location, and diverse perspective-taking that are foundational practices in EDIA work, and describes key content necessary for such skill development. Registration is now closed for the first session. Please check back for future offerings.

Contact us

Office of Equity Transformation
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada