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Celebrating Diversity is not Enough - a Panel Discussion

Recognizing International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

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Celebrating Diversity is not Enough - a Panel Discussion

Time & Location

Mar 21, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

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About the Event

We invite you to participate in an event to recognize March 21st - International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in partnership with the Lethbridge Diversity and Inclusion Alliance, Southern Alberta Ethnic Association, Lethbridge Local Immigration Partnership, and Apiistamiiks White Buffalo Trail Blazers.

Hear the lived experiences of racism and discrimination from Lethbridge community members, and what they believe needs to change.

This session came about after the Interfaith Network's December 2021 presentation on "The Intersection Between Covid-19 Pandemic, Religion and Spiritual Care: Observations and Lessons Learned". During the session it became apparent that there was a need for increased understanding of cultural differences and how to navigate them as well as a need for skill building to address and respond to racism and discrimination when it happens.

An overview of the issues and related definitions (including hate incidents and hate crimes) will be presented followed by guest panel speakers who will speak about their own experiences with racism and discrimination. They will also share what they believe needs to happen to address and respond to it.

At the end of the session attendees will be provided with opportunities for continued education, tools to address racism and discrimination in our community, and a list of resources.

Panel

Nadine Eagle Child, Apiistamiiks White Buffalo Trail Blazers (bio coming soon)

Sisay Asrat, Lethbridge Family Services Immigrant Services Youth Program (bio coming soon)

Priti Maheshwari, Southern Alberta Ethnic Association

Priti Maheshwari is a multi-talented, applied Plant Biotechnology professional with an exceptional academic record throughout education. She obtained her Master’s degree in Biotechnology with a gold medal and a Ph.D. from India.

She came to Canada in 2007 to work as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Lethbridge and has made Lethbridge home since then. Priti has not only contributed towards Canada’s Agri-Food sector by converting her research into valuable outcomes, but is constantly working alongside towards community building and creating platforms for cultural exchange.

Being a long-standing member and a volunteer leader of Amnesty International adds much meaning to her life which she otherwise spend mostly in a laboratory working on genetic engineering of plants or finding solace hiking the majestic Rocky Mountains.

Her deep passion for working towards upholding the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, inspiring and enabling people to create a change to bridge socio, economic and cultural gaps led her to serve as an executive on the board for Southern Alberta Ethnic Association. In this role she is engaged in community enrichment promoting cultural exchange and fostering meaningful barrier free partnerships. Her motivation and passion for standing up against discrimination grows each day, and she remains committed to increasing the awareness of socio-economic injustice and its deep impact specially in the light of climate change.

Facilitator

Tymmarah (Tymm) Mackie is a co-founder of the Lethbridge Interfaith Network and is the Chair of the Lethbridge Diversity and Inclusion Alliance. She works as an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Consultant and believes interfaith work and allyship are critical for communities to become more welcoming and inclusive. You can find her on LinkedIn.

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