Identifying & Uprooting Internalized Racism - Student Workshop

Online Only
Tuesday, Feb 8, 2022 at 1:00 PM  - 4:00 PM EST 
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Event Details

  Identifying and Uprooting Internalized Racism

A closed workshop for students who are Indigenous, Black, racialized

Facilitator: Janice Jo Lee
Level: Intermediate
The participant:

  • Has a basic understanding of the history of global colonialism and systemic oppression
  • Has begun their learning about equity and anti-oppression frameworks
  • Would like to further their knowledge and investigate their personal relationship to anti-oppression 

Workshop Description:
Who is Canadian? Why are racialized individuals constantly othered and made to feel we don’t belong? This workshop is for racialized students who are grieving the racism in the world while investigating our own internalized racism.
We will detail our personal relationship to global colonialism, anti-Blackness and Indigenous colonization. We will question how mainstream Western culture assimilates us, socializes us into anti-immigrant sentiment, self-hate and losing connection to our heritages.
We will outline what kinds of power, privilege and barriers we have, and the Western ways of knowing we have subscribed to via the University. We will strategize on how we can engage in an ongoing process of decolonizing ourselves.

We will close by sharing ways we can work through our anger, pain and grief, and how we can be accountable to taking care of ourselves while fighting for our dignity and rights in the world.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Deepen our personal understanding of lived experiences of systemic racism
  • Increased self-knowledge, and skills to take care of ourselves
  • Increased confidence in speaking about racism
  • Ability to better identify anti-Black and anti-Indigenous actions and ideas
  • Value and understand the emotional experience of racist harm and grief
  • Understanding when and how I can set boundaries according to my needs
 Participant Expectations:
  • Participants can expect to engage with fellow participants through discussion, with portions of the workshop provided in a lecture-style format.
  • Cameras and mics are are encouraged to be turned on for group discussions
  • This workshop is interactive. The workshop asks participants to write anonymously on a group chalk board (optional), or their personal computer/notebook. 


Note on accessibility: During this workshop, closed captioning will be available and any pre-workshop material will be sent via email to you closer to the date of the workshop. Should you need live captioning (CART services) and/or ASL interpretation, please let us know as soon as possible by emailing our workshop team. Because of increased demands for these services, we cannot guarantee them for participants outside of 7 days from the workshop, but will always do our best to secure them, even inside of 7 days. 


Available Online Only
Instructions will be sent out via email after registration.


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University of Waterloo

Human Rights, Equity, and Inclusion 

Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion (HREI) supports, educates, and brings members of our campus community together to facilitate understanding, address discrimination and harm, influence and advance systemic changes towards making the University of Waterloo an equitable and safe(r) place where everyone can thrive. For more information and to explore the five intersecting portfolios that support the work we do, please visit our website