On January 14th, 2021, at 8 pm EST, Project PROTECH hosted our Resiliency Dialogue #8, also it is our first one in the new year 2021!
What are some of the more subtle nuanced challenges Asians may be facing during this pandemic around racism? What is microaggression? This week, we invited youth workers to join us and discuss the challenges of racism and microaggressions some youth may be facing, and the strategies we can use.
Jaclyn Wong is currently a special education teacher at the York Region District School Board and has been facilitating workshops for over 7 years across the GTA and City of Toronto. She is working on an anti-Asian racism resource for young audiences as an educational consultant at the Chinese Canadian National Council for Social Justice. For the past several years, Jaclyn has been a program manager at the Live Well, Take Action after-school program for East Asian youth where she encourages students to explore social issues affecting East Asian communities. She hopes to finish her Master’s degree in education this year. Jaclyn identifies as a racialized settler/guest on what we know as Canada and goes by she/her pronouns.
Kishuan is a coordinator/facilitator at SYU who teaches computer programming as well as informing youth about various gender-related issues. Currently, he is a project coordinator for a Needs Assessment Survey that aims to identify the unique needs of POC high school students and what SYU as an organization can do to provide support for those needs.
Coly researches write and facilitate on race, migration, gender, sexuality and media. She has a background working in educational settings within community, post-secondary and non-profit sectors. Coly learns, works and organizes alongside others towards decolonial and liberatory futures.
Kishuan Espiritu and Coly Chau are Scarborough Youth United (SYU) core committee members. Together, they co-mentored summer camp students as part of a Social Action Project on homophobic and transphobic bullying.
Scarborough Youth United (SYU)
Scarborough Youth United’s goal is to enable youth to realize their power and potential. They are a grassroots group creating space for working-class Southeast and East Asian youth to find strength in their own lived experiences, share concerns, and work collectively to address those concerns.
Zoom Meeting Guidelines
We are here to uphold everyone’s security in our diverse identities with understanding that this means different things to different people. To keep things running smoothly, it’s important that everyone be thoughtful of others’ experiences.
This is designed to be a non-judgmental space in general. In the name of equity, we must recognize that everyone is at a different place in their journey and that may affect how they behave in a group setting. This may naturally cause conflict that must be addressed by the admin to ensure a peaceful environment. If there are any questions or concerns about this space or something that was said, please private message the hosts or co-hosts.
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- If anyone is consciously disrespectful of others and does not take accountability, they will be removed and banned