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47 minutes | Mar 2, 2021
Episode #12- Dr. Ivan Joseph- Vice-President of Students Affairs at Wilfrid Laurier University ( Education)
Dr. Ivan Joseph is the Vice-President of Students Affairs at Wilfrid Laurier University.The author, speaker and award-winning performance coach shares his path and experiences with racism, from his time as a young student to his journey through the senior management ranks of our Canadian university system. He opens up about his troubling experiences at Dalhousie University and talks about his evolution to critical consciousness.Finally, Dr. Joseph provides his SMALL, MEDIUM and LARGE solutions and thoughts for change.
56 minutes | Feb 28, 2021
Episode #11- Layup Foundation- Chris Penrose & Micaella Riche ( Community Organizations)
Chris Penrose ( Program Director) & Micaella Riche ( Basketball Operations Manager) are using the game and culture of basketball to make the city of Toronto a better, more equitable and healthier place for its young marginalized people, most of which are racialized.They talk about how Lay Up's (Layup.ca) programming is having a positive and life-changing impact on various marginalized communities. Their evidence-based approach is working to dismantle and disrupt the narratives and barriers that young people. They share their personal connections to the issues and finally their SMALL, MEDIUM and LARGE thoughts for change.
60 minutes | Feb 26, 2021
Episode #10- Guest Michael Simonetta, Entrepreneur ( Business)
Michael Simonetta is an entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in the financial sector. Michael shares his journey toward being an ally in the fight for social justice. He discusses his thoughts on how the banks can play a more significant role in dismantling oppressive structures and creating greater equity. He talks about his role in youth basketball throughout the Greater Toronto Area, specifically with the Northern Kings.Finally, he provides his SMALL, MEDIUM, LARGE solutions and thoughts for change.
51 minutes | Oct 21, 2020
Episode #9- Guest Alex Digenis, Owner Henley Honda/Subaru Niagara (Business)
Alex Digenis is a community leader who is the owner of Henley Honda, Subaru Niagara & Skyway Fine Cars. In this episode, we discuss Alex's surprising experiences with racism as a young boy of Greek descent while growing up in the city of Toronto. He shares his journey through the automotive business and his strategy for hiring employees. Alex shares the valuable lessons he learned from his daughter about ' white privilege'. Finally SMALL, MEDIUM and LARGE actions we can all take to effect change.
64 minutes | Oct 2, 2020
Episode #8- Guest Ayderus Alawi, Criminal Defence Lawyer (Justice System)
Ayderus Alawi is a criminal defence lawyer. In this episode, we talk about his experiences and challenges with systemic racism within the criminal justice system. He shares his journey through the education system, into law school and throughout his time practicing law in the city of Toronto. He offers his view on defunding the police and shares his positive encounter with Toronto Raptors President, Masai Ujiri. Finally SMALL, MEDIUM and LARGE actions we can all take to effect change.
50 minutes | Sep 23, 2020
Episode #7- Guest Anthony Morgan, Lawyer | Manager, Confronting Anti-Black Racism Unit at City of Toronto ( Justice System)
Anthony Morgan, Lawyer and Manager of the Confronting Anti-Black Racism Unit at the City of Toronto talks about his experiences and challenges with systemic racism. He shares the work that the city of Toronto is doing to advocate for marginalized and under served communities. He offers his view on defunding the police. Finally SMALL, MEDIUM and LARGE actions we can all take to effect change.
30 minutes | Jul 30, 2020
Episode #6- Guest Shanice Marcelle, Professional Beach Volleyball Player (Sports)
In this episode, I chat with Canadian professional beach volleyball player, Shanice Marcelle about growing up as a biracial child in British Columbia, Canada.She shares her experiences of racism as a star member of the University of British Columbia women's volleyball program, the Canadian national volleyball program, and as a professional athlete traveling the world.Shanice also serves up her SMALL, MEDIUM, LARGE ideas for change.
39 minutes | Jul 21, 2020
Episode #5- Guest Duane Notice- Cdn Professional Basketball Player (Sports)
Duane Notice shares his experiences as a professional basketball player around the world and the journey to becoming a pro. He talks about what it was like for him growing up as the only black kid in his neighbourhood in Vaughn as well as his time St Mike College (high school).He shares his discomfort with being on an NCAA college campus (South Carolina) that flaunted the confederate flag and had late night KKK cross burnings.Duane takes part in our SMALL, MEDIUM and LARGE concept. ENJOY!
54 minutes | Jul 16, 2020
Episode #4- Guest Michael Grange-Writer/Host/Author- Sportsnet (Media)
Michael Grange discusses his 25 years in the media industry. He talks about growing up in Toronto. Playing hoops with and against predominately black players and the racial dynamics that exist. He shares some of the barriers in the media industry that minorities face and of course some solutions with our SMALL, MEDIUM and LARGE concept.Enjoy!
43 minutes | Jul 7, 2020
Episode #3- Guest Donnovan Bennett-Writer/Host for Sportsnet (Media)
Donnovan Bennett host, writer and producer for Sportsnet talks about his experiences and challenges with systemic racism in the media and in sports. He stresses the importance of reframing and being more thoughtful of the language used in sports media. He shares how the open letter to his son came to life. Finally SMALL, MEDIUM and LARGE actions we can all take to effect change.
42 minutes | Jun 24, 2020
Episode #2- Guest Dr Denise Armstrong, Professor at Brock University Faculty of Education ( Education)
Dr. Denise Armstrong talks about her experiences with racism in education as a student, teacher, administrator and professor. She shares her research on how systemic racism is entrenched in our education system. She stresses the value of building allies and relationships. The importance of developing racial literacy and teaching kids how to be activists. Finally SMALL, MEDIUM and LARGE actions we can all take to effect change.
41 minutes | Jun 23, 2020
Episode #1- Guest Cherilyn Scobie- Principal with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB)(Education)
A podcast that makes you think about the ways in which systemic racism is intertwined in all facets of our society. In episode #1, I talked to Cherilyn Scobie, a principal in the Toronto District School Board about her experiences with racism growing as a black woman and as an educator. We discussed how systemic racism plays out in our education system and we covered ways that she, together with the TDSB are combatting the issues. Finally SMALL, MEDIUM & LARGE what can we do as individuals?
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