Saturday, May 26, 2018

Understanding Racism: Transforming Evaluation Practice


This workshop will focus on developing competencies relevant to undertaking evaluations that value equity and seek to address power differentials reinforced through systemic discrimination. Using a participatory approach, participants will develop a common language and understanding of concepts and terms related to racism and anti-racism work; understand the systemic nature of racism in Canada; examine ideas around power, privilege and intersectionality; and identify how to use this knowledge to improve evaluation approaches.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will develop a common language and understanding of concepts and terms related to racism and anti-racism work
  • Participants will examine ideas around power, privilege and intersectionality
  • Participants will practice applying these concepts to evaluation practices (i.e. consulting with clients, working with communities, determining methods).



Roxanne Felix-Mah | Kaitlin Lauridsen

Roxanne Felix-Mah (BSc., MSc.) has 17 years of experience working in evaluation, community-based research and program planning in the government, non-profit sector and private sector. Her content knowledge comes from 10 years of working in the settlement and anti-racism sector. Kaitlin Lauridsen, MPH, has worked for the past three years as an educator for the Centre for Race and Culture. She has also worked on a number of community-based research projects involving discrimination and equity.

Both Roxanne and Kaitlin have facilitated many workshops, using participatory and adult-education approaches, for a wide variety of audiences on the topics of inclusion, diversity, anti-racism and community-based research with diverse populations. Previous audiences have included: municipal and provincial government bodies, member associations (i.e. nurses, optometrists), private sector (i.e. Enbridge) and social service organizations.


Schedule | Saturday, May 26 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Language | English

Level | Intermediate

Prerequisites | Individuals should have some experience reflecting on the role of the evaluator, bias, power differentials etc.