AFFINITY GROUPS

Conversations for Learning and Unlearning

Talking Together for Change affinity groups are for educational professionals in Canada at all levels (elementary, secondary, college, university) in any educational sector. Various levels of discussion are available for educators who are at different points in their understanding and practice of anti-oppression work.
Discussions are hosted virtually using Zoom.

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CHANGE MOTIVATOR GATHERINGS: 2-hour discussion


Keep motivated to do social justice work, build your capacity to create change, and form new relationships by meeting with a small group of educational professionals for intimate topical discussions that encourage personal and professional reflection and growth. 

Ward off the burnout associated with anti-oppression work by connecting with community that both challenges and nourishes.

These conversations for 15-40 participants are offered based on affinity and are designed to spark engagement and build community.

 

Occasionally, when the topic is appropriate, discussions may be offered as mixed discussions (for both BIPOC and white educator) with breakout groups that will allow time for affinity group conversations (learn why).

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AFFINITY GROUPS FOR BIPOC EDUCATORS 
4-week series of discussions

 

Discuss issues connected to equity, diversity, inclusion, and justice with a small group of people (maximum 22 participants) who share the experience of being a BIPOC educational professional in the Canadian educational system (elementary, secondary, college, university).

These conversations can support you in doing anti-oppression work, help you develop rejuvenating relationships with a community of educators who are similarly interested in social justice issues, and offer you space to reflect on your personal and professional identity as a racialized person.

 

Grow, recharge, and recommit to activist work by connecting with a community of educational professionals who are similarly committed to social justice principles.

Keep reflecting and learning as you find accomplices with whom you can have critical conversations that inspire you to keep agitating for change.

This affinity group is offered for and facilitated by educational professionals who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Colour) (learn why).

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ACCOUNTABILITY GROUPS FOR WHITE EDUCATORS

 4-week series of discussions

 

Practice having necessary conversations about equity, diversity, inclusion, and justice with a small group (maximum 22 participants) of other educational professionals to support you doing anti-oppression work in your professional and personal life.

 

These conversations offer a space for reflection and learning as you develop a community of accomplices and/or a wider community of educational professionals with similar interests in anti-oppression work. These critical conversations will support and motivate you to agitate for change by deepening your awareness of how you are impacted by or implicit in systemic oppression. 

 

If you are already doing anti-racist social justice work in education, these conversations can help you grow, recharge, and recommit to activist work by connecting with a community of educational professionals who are similarly committed to social justice principles. 

This accountability group is offered for and facilitated by educational professionals who identify as white (learn why).