CAMBRIDGE, Ontario – On October 22, the Equal Are We conference will take place. Jointly planned and hosted by YWCA Cambridge, The City of Cambridge and Conestoga College, the conference seeks to give space to conversations surrounding topics of equity, specifically exploring perspectives of folks from the LGBTQ2SI+, Indigenous, racialized, and feminine communities.
When: Tuesday October 22, 2019 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Conestoga College, Cambridge Campus, 850 Fountain St S, Cambridge
Cost: $25 for adults, free for students 16+
“Making spaces safe and inclusive is everybody’s business,” said YWCA Cambridge Executive Director Kim Decker. “This conference is one attempt by us, the City of Cambridge and Conestoga College to put action behind our own words of believing in a better society for everyone.”
The conference will feature keynotes from Dr. Eden Hennssey (Research and Programs Director, Laurier Centre for Women in Science) and Janice Jo Lee (folk/spoken word artist and activist), as well as workshops around gendered violence and allyship, performances and a panel.
“Inclusion is the goal we all must work towards,” said Cambridge Mayor Kathryn McGarry. “By supporting community partners like YWCA and Conestoga, we can ensure we continue to create an inclusive community here in Cambridge.”
The panel will explore inclusion from various perspectives of experts working in realms of social justice. Panelists are Vanessa Lopak (Supervisor of Accessibility & Diversity Services, City of Cambridge), Washington Silk (OK2BEME Coordinator, Therapeutic Counsellor & Public Educator), Fareeda Adam (Staff Lawyer, Black Legal Action Centre) and Myeegun Henry (Manager, Aboriginal Student Services, Conestoga College).
High school and post-secondary students attend for free by registering online. Adult tickets are $25 and can be purchased through Eventbrite. Lunch will be provided and parking will be free the day of the conference.
For more information and to get tickets, visit ywcacambridge.ca/equal-are-we-2.
YWCA Cambridge, a trusted community leader, gives a voice to the needs of cis and trans women and girls and non-binary and two-spirit individuals through innovative and responsive programs, services and advocacy.