Welcome to our webinar recordings page for The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

Webinar Recordings

How Irish Government Initiatives are Breaking the Glass Ceiling! 

In the seminar, Prof Ita Richardson presented on the importance of diversity in the Universities, and how not considering diversity reduces the talent pool for organizations. 

She discuss how both the implementation of Athena SWAN by the Higher Education Authority in Ireland, its endorsement by Irish funding agencies, and the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Act (2014) have supported a shift in the consideration of Diversity in our teaching and our research. 

She includes examples such as changes to Recruitment and Promotions policies, inclusion of Female Researchers in grant proposals, and outreach programs to second-level schools.

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How it started. How it's going: An anti-racism curriculum in Family Medicine

In the seminar, Dr. Lewis & Dr. Bair will discuss the response to nationwide efforts to address systemic racism in medicine, an anti-racism curriculum was developed by the uOttawa Department of Family Medicine for learners and faculty. 

This session aims to present the principles and purpose of this evolving curriculum, review its structure and implementation, and discuss resident experiences to date.

During this session, participants will review:

  • The purpose and principles of the DFM anti-racism curriculum.
  • The integration of the antiracism eLearning modules into the postgraduate family medicine curriculum.
  • To review resident feedback about this new curriculum.

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What's in a value? Contextualizing sociodemographic equity data in Canadian Higher Education

This seminar by Evelyn Asiedu will discuss Canadian Universities that are proclaimed to be vestiges of acceptance where all can be successful. Specifically, in physical sciences objectivity is revered; and upheld as the great equalizer leading us to innovation and is foundational to discovery. However, objectivity has perhaps prevented open commentary about the human aspects of science. Bias is inherent in us all, and privilege has shaped who we deem worthy to hold the title of scientist.

During this session, participants will review:

• Historical discrimination and the ways systemic biases impact access to and success in Academia.

• The barriers to success which are present in higher education challenge us to consider the impact on current and future scientists in our country.

• Considerations for ethical sociodemographic data collection and complementary qualitative data.

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Specialized Navigators Key to helping trans patients access health care: University of Saskatchewan Research

This seminar will describe the process of working with community-based organizations, healthcare providers, and researchers to develop the Trans Research and Navigation Saskatchewan (TRANS) Project. 

There will be a discussion about how they developed the trans health navigators’ job description and decided on the credentials the navigators needed. Dr. Madill will also discuss how we implemented the “nothing about us, without us” principle, and how we used focus groups and data collected by the navigators themselves to adjust their jobs as the pilot year went along. Dr. Madill will also discuss the effect of the pilot on the navigators themselves and what we would do differently next time.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the importance of centring trans voices in research for and about them.
  • Explain the value of employing people with lived experience as navigators instead of healthcare providers.
  • Apply the “nothing about us, without us” principle meaningfully to their own work.

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The Burden of Identity: How can we dismantle systemic oppression in Healthcare? 

This seminar will integrate theory, empirical evidence, and theory to address concepts relating to systemic oppression in healthcare and the challenges educators face in attempting to dismantle discrimination that exists within our training and practice programs. 

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the minority stress model, including distal and proximal minority stress processes.
  • Explain the lens of systemic oppression, including the intersection of individual, interpersonal, and systemic contributors. 
  • Identify strategies to reduce systemic oppression in both healthcare and education settings. 

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Trauma-Informed Care in Medical Education and Clinical Practice: Creating Space for Courageous Conversations

While trauma is often seen as the result of discrete events or episodes, it is increasingly clear that trauma is best conceptualized as an event or set of circumstances that overwhelms an individual’s ability to cope. With the current COVID-19 health crisis and the increased prevalence of social movements focused on addressing racial inequality and social justice issues, it is necessary to broaden our collective understanding of trauma to include the experiences of individuals overwhelmed by global grief, systemic racism, and discrimination, among others. Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) is being championed in the delivery of social services, education, health care and other areas with the goal of understanding and attending to the needs of individuals impacted by trauma. Organizations educating the next generation of health professionals should be aware that trauma impacts not just patients and client populations, but also learners and staff alike. By adopting the guiding principles of TIC: safety, trust, choice, collaboration, and empowerment; educational institutions take the brave step to uncloak hidden curricula, bias, and discrimination and help create within their systems a culture of compassion wellbeing, equity, and social justice.

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Black History Month

The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is pleased to be hosting a series of events to celebrate Black History Month 2022 and to highlight the contributions of our students, staff and faculty within the Faculty of Medicine.  The aim of Black History Month is to celebrate the achievements of Black people with in our local and global communities and we invite all members of the Faculty of Medicine and the wider uOttawa community to take part in these events.

Indigenous Reflections on EDI: From Inclusion to Self-Determination

This session will explore how inclusion for an Indigenous leader means having a "seat at the table" but does not guarantee that reconciliation has been achieved. The Indigenous leader is expected to adapt to the colonial structure – whether that is an academic centre, health care institution or other organization. 

True efforts to achieve reconciliation would include more than just having a seat at the table. Senator Murray Sinclair said, "We have described for you a mountain. We have shown you the way to the top. We call upon you to do the climbing.” What additional actions are required to achieve reconciliation and develop a journey towards Indigenous self-determination?

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Pride Month 2022

The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is pleased to be hosting a series of events to celebrate Pride Month 2022. The aim of Pride Month is a time when we celebrate diversity and SGM communities, acknowledge their history, the hardships they have endured, and the progress that has been made. We invite all members of the Faculty of Medicine and the wider uOttawa community to take part in these events.