CPD – Cultural Diversity & Practising Law
February 12 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
A practical approach to the complex and sometimes thorny discussion of how to become more inclusive in an increasingly diverse world.
This presentation will focus on the important topic of diversity and inclusion. Tips and strategies will be discussed to help you navigate these complex and sometimes uncomfortable interactions.
Discussion and questions are encouraged so that examples you have encountered in your legal practice can be considered.
Although recent global politics have highlighted the shrinking nature of global society, Canada has proudly remained diverse and multicultural for quite some time. The most recent census informs that almost 1 in 3 Canadians is a person of colour or an Indigenous person, and another 1 in 3 does not belong to a Christian heritage. It seems unavoidable then that any professional interaction with people is bound to be impacted by issues related to diversity, and yet many individuals and organizations struggle with the concept of inclusion.
Discussing these topics can be uncomfortable, and wrought with anxiety. These discussions can often feel polarized, making people feel they are either enemy or victim, without practical discussion how to improve professional engagement with those we perceive different than us. Our conversation will include complex issues such as the impact of unconscious bias and the impact of privilege on professional interactions.