Course Description

Both students and field instructors experience situations where identity differences significantly impact interactions and may hinder positive communication. This presentation provides a space for dialogue towards developing awareness and skills that can be applied in difficult conversations about race and racism.

Instructor Bio:

William Yimbo is a Senior Advisor in the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. He holds a BA in Political Science and Economics from the University of Nairobi, Kenya, a graduate diploma in International Relations from the Institute of Social Studies in the Netherlands, an MA in Public Affairs, and a Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the University of Minnesota, USA.

As a Senior Advisor, Dr. Yimbo develops and delivers equity, diversity, and inclusion workshops to staff, faculty, and students across the university. He previously worked as a diversity advisor in immigration and settlement services. In this role, he delivered diversity education and advocated for equity and inclusivity in government services for Canada’s newcomer communities.

Dr. Yimbo has an extensive career background and experience in public and foreign policy administration in Kenya, Africa.

Course Details

By completion of this course, successful students will be able to:

  • Build familiarity and competency for engaging in discussions or dealing with different types of discrimination, such as gender bias, ableism, and religious or anti-LGBTQ and other oppressive situations.

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