Our Shared Spaces

Trainings: Fostering Inclusive Communities | Intro to Anti-Oppression | Intro to Anti-RacismUnchecked Microaggressions and Race-Based TraumaAddressing Microaggressions in the Classroom


The following remote equity programming is available to all McGill students.
The training sessions aim to educate students on how best to integrate anti-oppressive and anti-racist frameworks into their lives, as well as how to create safe and inclusive communities.

 

 

About Our Shared Spaces

Our Shared Spaces began as an initiative put forward by a group of Floor Fellows with the goal of creating spaces for discussion around issues affecting their communities. Over the years and with the support of various community partners, the program has grown into an educational workshop series that creates spaces in which students are empowered to foster inclusive and equitable living and learning environments on campus. By holding space for respectful dialogue, Our Shared Spaces supports student development and affirms the plurality of student experiences of campus life.
 



Workshops 

Being Black @ McGill

Being Black @ McGill is a five-part workshop series designed to create a safe environment where Black students at McGill can discuss their experience of race and how the institution impacts them.

Students will have the opportunity to unpack identity and socialization. They can share their narratives, while learning both about themselves, and the impact racism and discrimination can have on their mental health. Students will discuss the barriers they face and that factors that have either hindered or bolstered their experiences. Finally, they will discuss how they can create spaces of resistance and resilience for themselves.

The content development for this series was led by Khan Bouba-Dalambaye, M.A., in collaboration with Teaching and Learning Services (TLS), Our Shared Spaces, and Student Services.

Visit the workshop series website and/or follow our Facebook event for information and updates.

The series runs from 1-3 PM (EST) on:

  • Friday, February 5
  • Friday, February 12
  • Friday, February 26
  • Friday, March 12
  • Friday, March 19
     
Register here ✅

If you cannot commit to all five workshops at this time, send an email to beingblack [at] mcgill.ca if you would still like to participate in the group. Additionally, if you would like to participate, but are not available on the listed dates, you can signal your availability and interest in future iterations by filling out the form here



Trainings

Fostering Inclusive Communities

What is anti-oppression? What is anti-racism? What is netiquette? How can I leverage my curiosity to create more inclusive communities? In this webinar, participants will learn about terminology related to equity-centred education. They will then use that knowledge, as well as their previous experiences, to discuss how they can help create inclusive virtual communities.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify terminology related to anti-oppression and inclusivity
  • Reflect on how systems of oppression appear in everyday life.
  • Describe how systems of oppression manifest in a virtual context
February 1, 2021 (for undergraduate students)
5:30–7:30pm
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February 4, 2021 (for undergraduate students)
11:30am-1:30pm
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February 15, 2021 (for undergraduate students)
5:30–7:30pm
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February 18, 2021 (for graduate students)
6:00-8:00pm
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March 19, 2021 (for graduate students)
4:00-6:00pm
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Intro to Anti-Oppression

In this workshop, participants will receive an introduction to the concept of anti-oppression. Connections will be drawn between university commitments and the goals of anti-oppression. The workshop will leverage Zoom’s interactivity to engage participants in understanding equity-centred terminology. Learners will explore how expressions of oppression manifest in policies, society, as well as on campus. They will also reflect on positionality and brainstorm how they may mobilize their privilege to make campus a better place.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Define anti-oppression and related terminology
  • Reflect on their positionality and privilege
  • Explore how oppression manifests in society
  • Investigate how power/privilege and oppression manifest in their own lives
January 18, 2021 (for undergraduate students)
5:30–7:30pm
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January 21, 2021 (for undergraduate students)
11:30am–1:30pm
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February 8, 2021 (for undergraduate students)
5:30–7:30pm
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February 12, 2021 (for graduate students)
4:00-6:00pm
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March 26, 2021 (for graduate students)
1:00-3:00pm
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Intro to Anti-Racism

This workshop will expose participants to terminology connected to race and anti-racism. Learners will be asked to reflect upon how racism affects the daily lives of everyone within its reach. Examining McGill’s policies, learners will understand some of the ways in which the institution calls its community to build inclusive spaces. The workshop advances the concept of “effective” allyship and gives space for participants to advocate for anti-racism and care on campus.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Define racism, anti-racism and related terminology
  • Reflect on racism and campus life
  • Explore actions they can take to undermine racism
January 25, 2021 (for undergraduate students)
5:30pm–7:30pm
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January 28, 2021 (for undergraduate students)
11:30am–1:30pm
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February 11, 2021 (for undergraduate students)
11:30am–1:30pm
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February 25, 2021 (for graduate students)
6:00-8:00pm
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March 11, 2021 (for graduate students)
2:00-4:00pm
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Unchecked Microaggressions and Race-Based Trauma: Let’s Start a Conversation

This workshop will focus on the three main concepts: microaggression, racial gaslighting and how it leads race-based trauma. We will explore these topics and how it occurs in our everyday lives. We will develop a shared understanding and be introduced to skills required to work towards an equitable, anti-racist, and anti-Blackness worldview.

January 22, 2021 (for graduate students)
12:30-2:00pm
Registration is full!

 

Addressing Microaggressions in the Classroom: Attuning to Power Dynamics & Nervous Systems

Micro-aggressions hurt student and instructor welfare and negatively impact classroom learning. Using role play and other creative methods, educators will learn how to attune to common power dynamics and intense emotions resulting from micro-aggressions in their classrooms.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Understand different forms of microaggressions
  • Identify important tensions present post-microaggression
  • Begin developing frameworks that support addressing microaggressions
January 28, 2021 (for graduate students)
1:00-3:00pm
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Contact

For questions about the Our Shared Spaces program, please submit your inquiry using this form →

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