Inclusion Talks is a new initiative from the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI).
This interactive discussion series allows students and employees to share and learn from other's experiences and viewpoints as we work towards building a more inclusive campus.
Each conversation explores an EDI-related theme and may be tied to a relevant piece of media — it could be a book, image, audio experience or video recording. We strongly encourage you to read, watch or listen to the selected media before attending each session as this will broaden your perspective and enrich the discussion.
There is no cost to attend but registration is required.
Why should I attend?
- Expand your general knowledge, leadership skills and personal growth.
- Improve your critical analysis, communication and negotiation skills.
- Increase your ability to be more open-minded to other people’s perspectives.
- Engage in social interaction and get to know more of the SAIT community.
If you want to watch an Inclusion Talks session that is not listed below, please reach out — we would be happy to share the recording with you.
On Feb. 28, SAIT welcomed Her Honour Mayann Francis, Nova Scotia’s first Black lieutenant-governor, to the first edition of Inclusion Talks to share her journey and discuss anti-Black racism.
On March 29, we discussed a video from bestselling author Elizabeth Lesser all about how different things would be if women’s voices had been equally heard throughout history.
At our last in-person event, we created Tasbih, applied henna and heard from SAIT's Muslim Students' Association president and SAIT Imam Fayaz Tilly as they reflected on Ramadan and the celebration of Eid al-Fitr.
Leading through advocacy is all about lifting others up while you climb. At our May Inclusion Talks, we discussed this TED Talk exploring the intersection of leadership, success, and equity, diversity and inclusion.
For June's Inclusion Talks, we hosted an interactive online panel discussion with the SAIT community and reflected on the short documentary, Gross Indecency: The Everett Klippert Story. This 17-minute film tells the story of Everett Klippert, who was the last Canadian to be jailed for homosexuality and changed the course of history for the 2SLGBTQ+ community in Canada. Members of the panel were students and professionals who shared their own lived experiences as members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community.
On Oct. 31, SAIT students and employees shared a dialogue on the positive outcomes neurodivergent inclusion brings to our organization.
On Nov. 29, we watched two shorts videos from Alexis Kanda-Olmstead and discussed embracing different genders. We also identified gender barriers we might be experiencing as individuals.
On Jan. 30 we discussed three EDI-related terms and explored why words are so important and how inclusive language serves as one of the pillars which makes our campus a more inclusive place to work and study.
During SAIT’s final event for Black History Month 2023, we listened to three panelists discuss Rinaldo Walcott’s book, Black Like Who? which assesses the role of Black Canadians in defining our country by looking at Black Canadian culture of hip-hop, film, literature, social unrest, sports, music and electronic media.
On March 27, we heard from one of SAIT's School of Hospitality and Tourism Instructors, Madeleine MacDonald, who discussed current issues within the hospitality industry and tips on bystander intervention and prevention.
Are you passionate about public speaking or facilitating? Have you wanted to lead an interactive discussion with the SAIT community? Now’s your chance! We’re seeking facilitators to lead Inclusion Talks. The facilitator can be a student or employee and will change each session. Send an email stating your interest to email@example.com.
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