Health professionals are increasingly engaging in activities around equity, diversity and inclusion. However, these endeavours are often embarked upon in ahistoric and apolitical ways, which has the potential of perpetuating harm.
This program introduces participants to the language and frameworks of anti-oppression and social justice. It explores how the Canadian healthcare system continues to participate in discrimination and oppression. It also begins to explore how health care professionals can engage in praxis, which is theory-informed action in the pursuit of social justice.
Participants will be asked to critically reflect on their own assumptions and behaviours to interrogate organizational practices and policies; and to identify ways to use their social power to disrupt, reshape, and reimagine our workplaces and institutions.
Building the Foundations of Anti-Oppressive Healthcare is offered in partnership between the Centre for Faculty Development (CFD) and Office of Inclusion and Diversity (OID).
Module 1 will encourage participants to:
Module 2 will encourage participants to:
Artist, Anti-Oppression Consultant and Liberation Educator
Rania El Mugammar is a Sudanese artist, anti-oppression consultant, and liberation educator based in Toronto. Rania's artistic and community work is deeply rooted in Black Liberation. Rania is a published writer, award winning organizer, speaker, arts educator, and multidisciplinary performer, inclusion and liberation educator and consultant who is unflinchingly committed to decolonization and freedom as the ultimate goals of her work.Malika Sharma (she/her) - Curriculum Lead
Staff Physician and Education Lead, Division of Infectious Diseases, St. Michael's Hospital
Malika Sharma is an HIV and Infectious Disease physician and Clinician Teacher at St. Michael's Hospital. She has a Masters in Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Clinically, she focuses on caring for people and communities who are often marginalized and oppressed by our healthcare systems, including those who use substances and people living with HIV. Her teaching and scholarly interests center on anti-racist and feminist practices within medical education, harm reduction, and the structural determinants of health.Ritika Goel (she/her)
Family Physician, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto
Faculty Lead for Social Accountability, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto
Chair, Social Accountability Working Group, College of Family Physicians of Canada
Ritika Goel is a family physician with the St. Michael’s Hospital Family Health Team and Inner City Health Associates in Toronto. She is the Faculty Lead for Social Accountability at the Department of Family and Community Medicine at University of Toronto, as well as the Chair of the Social Accountability Working Group at the College of Family Physicians of Canada. Ritika has been engaged in health-related activism throughout her career and has been part of organizing with groups like OHIP for All, Canadian Doctors for Medicare and Doctors for Defunding Police. She is passionate about bringing lenses of anti-oppression and social justice into medicine, and is involved in various educational initiatives in these realms. Find her on Twitter at @RitikaGoelTONanky Rai (she/her)
Family Physician, Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre
2SLGBTQIA+ Health Education Theme Lead, University Of Toronto MD Program
Nanky Rai is a migrant settler from India-occupied Kashmir who is formally trained in public health and practices as a primary care physician in Toronto, on lands that should remain under the full jurisdiction of the Wendat, the Anishinaabek, Haudenosaunee, and the Mississaugas of the Credit nations. She works closely with 2SLGBTQIA+ communities including Black, Indigenous and other racialized queer, trans and gender nonconforming people, those who use drugs, those who are unhoused and or undocumented, and those living with the infectious complications of structural violence such as HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C. Nanky is also the 2SLGBTQIA+ Health Education Theme Lead with the Undergraduate Medical Education program at University of Toronto.