Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Events


The 2021 EDI symposium will take the form of a longitudinal series of events in collaboration with the John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre (JDHEC). This series of lunch-time talks on racism and anti-racism will be added to as events are confirmed. To see the listing of upcoming events, please visit the JDHEC page


Advancing Positive Medical Student Academic Learning Environment to Enhance Student Well-Being

February 17, 2022.
Noon-1pm MST.
Pre-registration required.

Speaker: Jackie Gruber, BA, MSc. Director, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences University of Manitoba; British Columbia Institute of Technology


  • To understand the barriers and perceived risks to speaking up about mistreatment.
  • To reconsider the role of learners by identifying ways they can actively contribute to a positive learning environment.
  • To inform interventions and opportunities to improve the environment, whereby students are comfortable to speak up and faculty are receptive.
  • To propose a reflective evaluation approach to continually improve and maintain a positive learning environment.

PAST 2021/2022 EVENTS:

John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre Health Ethics Seminar: Moving toward anti-racism practice in medicine

Speakers: Natasha Johnson, MD and Kassia Johnson, MD
January 20, 2022.

THE TIES THAT BIND: Law, Inequality and COVID-19 in the Caring Professions

Speaker: Irehobhude O. Iyioha, PhD
Thursday, December 9, 2021

How Our Brain Sees Races

Speaker: Kunimasa Suzuki, PhD
November 25, 2021

BE POLITE: Why Bystander Interventions Matter

Speakers: Samina Ali & Debrah Wirtzfeld
October 14, 2021

SCIENTIFIC FRAGILITY AND ITS REMEDIES: Embolding Indigenous Science, Technology, and Society Research and Training

Speaker: Jessica Kolopenuk
September 23, 2021

Past 2020/2021 Symposium Events:

Indigenization, Reconciliation, and Decolonization in Science

Speaker: Kim TallBear
October 8, 2020

Social Determinants of Health and Racism: Health Disparities of Immigrant Children

Speakers: Dr. Bukola (Oladunni) Salami & Dr. Bonnieca Islam
November 12, 2020

Thoughts and Lessons on Anti-Racist Praxis in Diverse Professions and Organizations

Speaker: Yasmeen Abu-Laban
December 10, 2020

FIGHTING for a HAND to HOLD: Confronting Medical Colonialism Against Indigenous Children in Canada

Speakers: Samir Shaheen-Hussain & Teyohá:te Brant
January 7, 2021

Listening to Communities: A Grassroots Approach to Addressing Intimate Partner Violence in Migrant Communities

Speaker: Philomina Okeke-Ihejirika
February 18, 2021

(in)Tolerance & Pain: Brown Skin, White Coats & Microaggressions

Speaker: Dr. Onyenyechukwu Nnorom
April 15, 2021

Anti-Indigenous Racism in Health Systems

Speaker: Wayne Clark
May 27, 2021

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

Speaker: Sophia Parks
June 24, 2021

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