(Ex)clusion - An Exploration of all things Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
S2E5: Interview with Steven Ngo; Anti-Asian Racism, Allyship, & Innovating for Systemic Change in Police Reporting
Steven Ngo is a Vancouver-based lawyer who specializes in business and technology. He serves on the board of various organizations that advocate for equity, justice, and opportunity for Asian Canadian legal professionals and the broader community. Steven is also a social entrepreneur and is the founder of Beyond the A, Living Room Series, and Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (Western).
Currently, he is working on making reporting anti-Asian hate crimes to the police more accessible.
In the News:
https://bc.ctvnews.ca/what-if-you-don-t-speak-chinese-vancouver-man-faces-challenges-while-reporting-a-hate-crime-against-him-1.5391054 https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/vancouver-bc-asian-hate-crime-reporting-victims-raising-money-1.6010230https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/british-columbia/article-asian-canadian-community-tackling-difficulties-in-filing-hate/Asian Heritage Month
S2E4: Transgender Inclusion, Uplifting LGBTQ+ Voices, and Building Bridges between Communities with James Demers
James Demers (He/Him) has worked as a professional facilitator and LGBTQ diversity educator for 9 years and as a community builder for 14 years. Working across a variety of sectors in Treaty 7 Territory (Mo'kinsis) and around the world. He is also a trans activist, athlete, bunny dad, performer, public speaker, and lucky drag producer with Fake Mustache. He has committed his life and career to uplifting LGBTQ voices and building bridges of understanding between all of us.
Local Resources for Education and Support Services
Queer Education Foundation https://www.qefoundation.com/Skipping Stone Foundation https://www.skippingstone.ca/Centre for Newcomers/ Rainbow RailRoad https://www.rainbowrailroad.org/AROC - Anti-Racist Organizational Change Project/ Resources - http://communitywise.net/aroc/Calgary Queer Arts Society - https://www.calgaryqueerartssociety.com/Rainbow Elders - http://rainbowelderscalgary.ca/Calgary Pride - https://www.calgarypride.ca/Calgary Outlink - https://www.calgaryoutlink.ca/HIV Community Link - https://hivcl.org/519 Community Services Toronto - https://www.the519.org/education-training/training-resources/our-resourcesIndigiqueer and Two Spirit Education/ Speakers
Joshua Whitehead (he/him) https://www.joshuawhitehead.ca/Mòkinàn Consulting - Gabriel Castilloux https://www.mokinanconsulting.com/Dr. James Makokis http://speakerscanada.com/james-makokis/Further Education and Media Recommendations Podcasts
Making Gay History https://makinggayhistory.com/Queer As Fact https://www.queerasfact.com/Nancy https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/nancyAfroQueer Podcast https://afroqueerpodcast.com/Native Calgarian Podcast https://www.nativecalgarian.com/The Secret Life of Canada https://www.cbc.ca/radio/secretlifeofcanadaThe Unlearning Channel https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/the-unlearning-channelBooks - Can be found on www.goodreads.com
Stonewall: The Riots that Sparked the Gay Revolution by David CarterAnd the Band Played On by Randy ShiltsTransgender History by Susan StrykerOur Past Matters: Stories of Gay Calgary by Kevin AllenI’m Afraid of Men by Vivek Shraya- local U of C Professor and artistSo You Want to Talk About Race- by Ijeoma OluoMe and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla F. SaadThe Skin We're In: A Year of Black Resistance and Power by Desmond ColeHow to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
S2E3: Coping Mechanisms and Support Networks for Indigenous Women in Engineering with Jessica Vandenberghe, PEng, MSc
Jessica Vandenberghe, P.Eng., M.Sc. has worked in the oilsands, mining, regulatory, infrastructure, and consulting industries. She holds a B.Sc. Chemical Engineering Computer Process Control Co-op and an M.Sc. in Chemical and Mining Engineering, both from the University of Alberta. Her career has taken her to communities large and small around the nation and she has sat on many Boards and Councils with stakeholders such as federal, provincial, and municipal governments, with First Nations, Metis Settlements, and Metis Nations, as well as academic institutions and private industry. As a mother of two and an Indigenous female engineer, she is passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion along with Truth and Reconciliation.
She is currently the Assistant Dean (Outreach) and Industrial Professor - Indigenous Engineering for the University of Alberta, Faculty of Engineering, where she oversees a wide portfolio that contributes to the development of well-rounded and ethically-minded engineering students who will ultimately help to build strong and vibrant communities within Canada.
Unsettled: Journeys in Truth and Conciliation – the Podcast that I co-host with George Lee
LinkedIn: Jessica Vandenberghe
S2E2: REAL Talk with Andrea Silverstone from Sagesse - 16 Days to End Gender Based Violence
Andrea Silverstone is the Executive Director of Sagesse Domestic Violence Prevention Society, an organization committed to breaking the cycle of violence for individuals, organizations, and communities. She is a highly respected community partner and collaborative leader.
Andrea is a Registered Social Worker and Mediator with a background in Judaic/Talmudic Law, having attended Lindenbaum College in Jerusalem and York University in Toronto. Beginning her career in Calgary at the Awo Taan Native Women’s Shelter, Andrea later transitioned into her role as the Executive Director of Sagesse. Andrea’s achievements include the 2013 Association of Jewish Family and Child Agencies Goodman Award in recognition of her development and implementation of innovative programming that addresses bullying, violence, and domestic abuse in the Jewish community, the 2015 Alberta Inspiration Award for leadership in Family Violence Prevention and the 2015 RESOLVE Excellence in Community Service and Research Award in recognition of her distinguished contribution to creating homes and communities safe from interpersonal violence and abuse.
Andrea has implemented a collective impact initiative to address domestic and sexual violence province-wide, she has developed programming to address the systemic nature of domestic violence in under-studied communities such as women of affluence and strives daily to ensure individuals affected by abuse and gender inequality are made visible and know that they have an ally in her.
S2E1: WinSTEM Week Ada Lovelace Day - An interview with Dr. Laleh Behjat
Welcome to Season 2!
We kick things off on Ada Lovelace Day, the 1st day of WinSTEM week 2020!
Dr. Laleh Behjat is a professor at the University of Calgary in Alberta Canada. Her research mainly focuses on applying mathematical techniques to make computers faster and more efficient. She has won several international, national and institutional awards for her work on computer engineering and engineering education. In addition, Dr. Behjat has a passion for increasing the status of women in (STEM) and has worked on recruiting more women to engineering for over a decade. She has won many awards for her work on this topic! Including as a recipient of the 2018 Alberta Women’s Science Networks Minerva Mentor Award, the 2015 Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) Women in Engineering Champion Award, and Association of Computing Machinery, Special Interest Group in Design Automation Service Award in 2014. Earlier this year she became the NSERC (National Science and Engineering Research Council) Women in Science and Engineering Prairie Chair! As part of today’s discussion, Dr. Behjat will be discussing some of her plans as the new Prairie Chair.
S1E24: "The Experiences of Women of Colour in the Workplace"
The episode will discuss the pitfalls in EDI efforts when an intersectional lens is not applied.
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Not only is this a great podcast with relatable hosts, but the information they share is tangible, practical & provides genuine insight into what is happening around us. The first step in solving any problem is to define it and you will get that valuable insight here....and likely more because I’m only on episode 3 😉
Timely talk, great content
The hosts of this show know their stuff, they talk about real challenges, real ways to improve and create better workplaces that work well for more people. Timely topics and great content - looking forward to hearing more!