This small-group session will focus on the “being” part of “being anti-racist”. We will focus on how we can be action-oriented toward challenging racism both internally and externally. This session’s objective is to build anti-oppressive competencies in order to be able to identify how racism affects your team’s work. We utilize case study examples to illustrate realistic experiences of racism, and examine them collectively through an anti-racist lens. This process is hands-on and requires questioning that may implicate personal beliefs but ultimately is designed to specifically highlight how our respective work plans can be suited to address policies, procedures, and work cultures that uphold racism. The session relies on a strategic training delivery which aims to educate through practice and specified, practical tool application.


About our trainer: Evelyn Amponsah is currently the Manager—Strategy Development, Confronting Anti-Black Racism for Toronto Community Housing. She was also the City of Toronto’s Senior Training and Development Consultant where she piloted various innovative training and development initiatives to build staff competency in Anti-Black racism. Evelyn has a wealth of experience training senior leadership, including training Mayor John Tory and his team, and the city of Toronto’s senior leadership. Evelyn is also a PhD candidate at York University where she researches the impacts of Anti-Black Racism on both Black and non-Black people. She has been involved in numerous independent projects and has over ten years’ experience working in the community sector, working as a program director, managing youth, Seniors and community development programs for Black and racialized youth. She is recognized for her ability to work from a grassroots, asset based community centered approach. Evelyn is an educator who utilizes her social service work experience, education and passion for social issues to teach about Diversity, Social Problems and Community Development from an anti-oppressive, anti-racism, trauma informed praxis. She is a visionary leader excelling in driving and supporting change, strategy formulation and team building, with an above average understanding of key issues facing multiple sectors and is renowned for the ability to lead by example, build consensus and communicate amongst divergent interests. Evelyn has a wealth of experience training senior leadership, frontline staff and making supporting teams to develop a competency in applying a confronting anti-black racism lens.