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Urban Alliance offers an array of trainings and workshops for community groups, caregivers, youth, organizations, schools, and educators. We also offer speakers for panels, presentations, and assemblies.

We are committed to providing dynamic workshops that incorporate popular education, movement, and arts-based activities, which create a space for an inclusive environment.

We also encourage collaboration between other agencies, organizations and community-based initiatives. We can tailor our workshops to fit your specific needs (i.e. newcomers, youth, young women of colour etc.).

To book a workshop, training or speaker, please contact: ashley@urbanalliance.ca

The following descriptions summarize workshop, training, and speaking engagement topics that UARR offers:


Equity and Public Education

Provides information on current school policies, inclusive curriculum development as well as rights and responsibilities of students and caregivers. Focuses on identifying key issues and brainstorming strategies for community mobilizing on issues in education.

Examples of previous trainings/workshops/speaking events:


  • The Toronto Coalition for Equity in Education forums in which 165 participants were provided with legal education on parents‚Äô and students‚Äô rights and responsibilities under the Safe Schools Act.
  • The Safe Schools Act: School Safety for Whom? (Ryerson Public School) Participants are able to learn legal education including knowing their rights when it comes to the Safe Schools Act. It also provides a space to strategize and mobilize on issues relating to the need for an inclusive curriculum, employment equity, the Safe Schools Act, and funding ESL/International Language programs.
  • Are Our Schools Safe? (Community Action Forum for Teacher Candidates OISE) This forum brought together Toronto Catholic District School Board staff, Toronto District School Board trustees, students and parents of children who had been suspended or expelled and teacher candidates to talk about the issues of school safety, racism and the disproportionate representation of racialized youth among suspended students.
  • What Part Can We Play? Addressing Systemic Racism in our School System (Malvern Family Resource Centre) Participants were provided with legal education on their rights when it comes to the Safe Schools Act. Break out groups strategizing around Curriculum, Employment Equity, ESL/Black Heritage Programs, and Safe Schools Act, as well as a group for youth only.

Anti-Opression

Anti oppression work must be accessible, meaningful and sustainable therefore this topic is focused on practical ways to apply an anti oppression framework. This is an opportunity to explore how structures of power, privilege and oppression operate in our work, our community and our lives. We examine the daily manifestations of oppressions such as heterosexism, racism, xenophobia, ableism, and classism. This workshop also helps to create a common understanding of systemic oppression by introducing and working with definitions, theory and analysis.

Examples of previous trainings/workshops/speaking events:

  • Connecting the Dots: Food, Community and Colonialism (Food Share). One day training with youth on issues relating to food security, colonialism and racism.
  • Examining Power, Privilege and Oppression in Our Work (Toronto Community Housing Corporation). One day training for TCHC staff on utilizing anti-oppressive practice in their work.

Gender-Based Violence

Focus on forms of gender based violence including bullying, sexual assault and homophobia. This workshop explores the construction and maintenance of gender and race stereotypes through an analysis of media.

Examples of previous trainings/workshops/speaking events:

  • Drop the Labels: Gender-Based Violence (Parkdale Collegiate Institute, Set It Off Ladies Group, Sir Sandford Fleming Collegiate Institute, Toronto District School Board Leadership training). Held workshops on gender based bullying using popular theatre and popular education. Examined the connections between racism and gender-based violence.

Anti-Racism

Provides an opportunity for participants to explore the social construction of race and its impact on systems, communities and individuals. It will also provide a space to look at what racism is, its roots, how it operates currently in our lives and most importantly ways to dismantle it.

Examples of previous trainings/workshops/speaking events:

  • It’s In Your Hands (Toronto District School Board Leadership Camp). Training with youth leaders on how to create an Anti-Racism Work plan for the TDSB Youth Super Council.
  • Dismantling Racism (SEAS Centre, March Break Camp). One day training on issues relating to migration, racism, settlement and inclusion.

Media Literacy & Production Training

The Urban Alliance on Race Relations continues to participate in Media Literacy and Production training workshops and camps being run throughout the city.

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