Dismantling Racism: A Conversation with Black Professionals

March 17, 2021

In recognition of International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, EDI Week, and in partnership with the Office of Human Rights, Diversity and Equity, the Department of Sociology is hosting a panel discussion with Black professionals working in different sectors (technology, health, education). They will discuss how they work to dismantle racism both within and through their professions, and the paths that led them to this work. They will also provide tangible strategies that students, faculty and staff can incorporate into their own personal and professional lives to dismantle systemic racism.


Speakers include:

Aisha Yorke

Educational Psychologist
Aisha Yorke have an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Guelph, and a Masters degree in School and Clinical Child Psychology from the University of Alberta. She is a registered psychologist with the "College of Alberta Psychologists" and with the "College of Psychologists of Ontario." Her area of specialty is Education/School Psychology. She conducts psychoeducational assessments, recommends placement/programming for students, consults with parents, teachers, and other professionals with the goal of providing strategies to support students' learning, provide interventions, such as counselling within the schools to address social-emotional or behavioural needs as that impacts learning. She also presents to school staff about students' social-emotional, behavioural, and/or academic needs. She does a variety of things with the goal of providing a supportive conducive learning environment for students to thrive and reach their full potential.

Yonae Rolle

Black Professionals in Tech Network
A champion of human rights, diversity, and equity, Yonae has over 9 years experience developing and facilitating equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives within both the private and public sectors. She stands behind the philosophy that to succeed as one body we must support and uplift the voices of those that would otherwise be ignored. With an academic background in Cross-Cultural Psychology and a Master’s in Human Rights Policy and Development, Yonae works to create and implement anti-racism strategies that best engage multicultural communities and promote safe and inclusive working environments. In her role as the Diversity, Inclusion, Belonging Trainer & Engagement Lead at BPTN, she leads development and execution of all services within the Culture & Retention portfolio. In this lead role she works collaboratively with corporate partners to help them develop sustainable strategies that aim to hire, attract, retain and promote top Black tech talent. 


This event will be delivered via Zoom. Please register to attend.


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This event is part of MacEwan’s annual EDI Week.


Office of Human Rights, Diversity and Equity

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Week

Event Details

Date March 17, 2021
Start Time 2:00 p.m.
End Time 4:00 p.m.
Location Online
Event Type Lecture/speaker/presentation
Contact Person Kalyani Thurairajah
Contact Phone 780-633-3347
Contact Email thurairajahk@macewan.ca
Event Website Visit Site