Meeting Highlights, Joint Meeting of the DEI Task Group and the Standards of Practice Committee – June 20, 2022

Lise Betteridge, Registrar and CEO, welcomed the Task Group and Standards of Practice Committee members to the joint meeting.Task Group member Sandra Southwind, RSW, set the intention for the meeting.Lise Betteridge provided some background regarding the Association of Social Work Board’s (ASWB) Social Work Workforce Coalition and its connection to Council’s decision to implement entry-to-practice exams.Task Group and Committee members provided input into the Social Work Census as requested by the Coalition. The Census is…

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DEI Task Group Meeting Highlights – May 9, 2022

Task Group Co-Chair, Brian Seng-Low, RSW, read a Land Acknowledgement and shared some of his reflections on his own learning and experiences with respect to Reconciliation and the land.Co-Chair, Brian Seng-Low, RSW, welcomed Task Group members to the meeting, including its newest member, Chisanga Chekwe, Public Member.The minutes from the April 11, 2022 meeting of the Task Group were reviewed.Karen Mock, a human rights advocate and consultant and a guest at the meeting, facilitated a…

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DEI Task Group Meeting Highlights – April 11, 2022

Task Group Co-Chair, Brian Seng-Low, RSW, read a Land Acknowledgement and provided reflections on his own learning and experiences with respect to Reconciliation and the land.Co-Chair, Brian Seng-Low, RSW, welcomed the Task Group members to the meeting.Task Group member Sandra Southwind, RSW set the intention for the meeting.The minutes from the January 11, 2022 and February 16, 2022 meetings of the Task Group were reviewed.Uppala Chandrasekera, RSW, provided an overview of the draft Member Census…

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DEI Task Group Meeting Highlights – February 16, 2022

Chair Sanjay Govindaraj, RSW welcomed the Task Group members to the meeting.The Task Group engaged in a facilitated discussion with Uppala Chandrasekera, RSW, to provide feedback as to issues to be addressed and what should be included in the Member Census/Data Collection Policy that will support the collection of race-based and other demographic data on a voluntary basis as part of the College’s renewal process, approved by Council in December 2021.

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DEI Task Group Meeting Highlights – January 11, 2022

Task Group member Yusra Osman, RSW, read a Land Acknowledgement and provided reflections on her own learning and experiences with respect to Reconciliation and the land.Chair Sanjay Govindaraj, RSW welcomed the Task Group members to the meeting.Task Group member Sandra Southwind, RSW set the intention for the meeting.The minutes from the November 23, 2021 meeting of the Task Group were reviewed.The Task Group reviewed additional proposed amendments to the Action Plan to Increase Engagement with…

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DEI Task Group Meeting Highlights for November 23, 2021

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Task Group was established to assist the College in moving forward on its commitment to increase diversity, equity and inclusion – a key priority in the College’s 2020-2023 Strategic Plan. Task Group member Carrie McEachran, Public Member, read a Land Acknowledgement and provided reflections on her own learning and experiences with respect to Reconciliation and the land.Chair Sanjay Govindaraj, RSW welcomed the Task Group members to the meeting.Task Group member Sandra…

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DEI Task Group Meeting Highlights – October 28, 2021

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Task Group was established to assist the College in moving forward on its commitment to increase diversity, equity and inclusion – a key priority in the College’s 2020-2023 Strategic Plan. Task Group member Charlene Crews, RSSW, read a Land Acknowledgement and provided reflections on her own experience, learnings and practices with respect to Reconciliation and DEI work.Co-Chair Brian Seng-Low, RSSW welcomed the Task Group members to the meeting, indicating that he…

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DEI Task Group Meeting Highlights for September 15, 2021

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Task Group was established to assist the College in moving forward on its commitment to increase diversity, equity and inclusion – a key priority in the College’s 2020-2023 Strategic Plan. Non-Council Co-Chair Brian Seng-Low, RSSW read a Land Acknowledgement.Co-Chairs Sanjay Govindaraj, RSW and Brian Seng-Low, RSSW welcomed the Task Group members to the meeting.Task Group member Sandra Southwind set the intention for the meeting.The minutes from the August 17, 2021 meeting…

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DEI Task Group Meeting Highlights for August 17, 2021

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Task Group was established to assist the College in moving forward on its commitment to increase diversity, equity and inclusion – a key priority in the College’s 2020-2023 Strategic Plan. August 17, 2021 Council Co-Chair Sanjay Govindaraj, RSW read a Land Acknowledgement.Co-Chairs Sanjay Govindaraj, RSW and Brian Seng-Low, RSSW welcomed the Task Group members to the meeting.Task Group member Sandra Southwind set the intention for the meeting.The minutes from…

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DEI Task Group Meeting Highlights – June 29, 2021

Council Co-Chair Sanjay Govindaraj, RSW, welcomed the Task Group members and led a round of introductions at which Task Group members shared some of their background, lived experiences and reasons for their interest in being part of the Task Group.Brian Seng-Low, RSSW, was selected by Task Group members as non-Council Co-Chair.The Registrar and CEO, Lise Betteridge, gave an overview of self-regulation, the legislative framework under the Social Work and Social Service Work Act, governance and…

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Group – Update

The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers has selected a  Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Task Group to assist us in moving forward on our commitment to increase diversity, equity and inclusion – a key priority in the College’s 2020-2023 Strategic Plan. Selection process The Executive Committee faced an extremely difficult task in selecting five non-Council members of the College from among the 112 expressions of interest received. The Committee carefully reviewed…

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