The Anti-Racism Study circles, led by tenants and staff, are not workshop or classroom focused. They are discussions that are open and based on honest opinions and curiosity. The outcome of the study circles is to create a plan for Toronto Community Housing to use to address racism in the community and the workplace.
Participants from Community Housing Unit 6 - York Weston recently completed their sessions and held a graduation event to celebrate, reflect, and share their experiences of the program. The group also presented their workplan and recommendations for 2008.
"The study circle was an amazing experience for me," said one of the youth tenants who participated. "It was a painful yet refreshing experience that allowed for true expression and the confronting of biases. I gained a world of new knowledge and new tools that I can now apply. I respect Toronto Community Housing for bravely adapting an anti-racism policy and backing it up with a strategy that truly works."
The Anti-Racism Study Circles are part of Toronto Community Housing's Community Management Plan's commitment to creating healthy communities