Skills to Pay the Bills is an initiative from your friends at CAPS Ontario to help broaden the collective skillset of the #sommunity. We’re proud to continue the series with an important course designed and hosted by Jefferson Darrell, of Breakfast Culture. The course, called ‘We All Benefit from Privilege‘ is open to everyone and is taking place Monday, June 29, from 11AM-130PM ET.
We are accepting donations as well, both to offset the fee paid to present this course and to augment the CAPS Scholarship Fund.
About the course:
Making the business case for diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) programs can be challenging. Part of this process involves understanding that we all benefit from some form of privilege; this BREAKFAST CULTURE course helps all team members regardless of their identities, backgrounds or work functions realize this fact in a relevant, engaging and approachable fashion. Jefferson uses popular culture to discuss representation and why it is important. We share our own stories and journeys of understanding our own levels of privilege. The purpose of these two steps helps to provide definitions and context of how privilege works and to demonstrate how “We ALL Benefit from Privilege.” Finally, we facilitate a group exercise around different forms of privilege and what happens in every training session are the resulting lessons actually come from team members themselves as they work through the exercise and put the previous discussions into practice.
About Jefferson (@breakfastculture):
Jefferson Darrell is an accomplished marketing communications and change management professional with more than 15 years of brand strategy expertise, generating earned and owned media using both traditional and digital channels. In the DEI (diversity, equity, inclusion) space, Jefferson was instrumental in the creation of the Diversity Inclusion Anti-Racism Action Team at the Ontario Science Centre and he represented the Centre on the DEI Committee with the Canadian Association of Science Centres (CASC). He was also instrumental in organizing the Science Centre’s involvement in the world’s first Pride in STEM Day on July 5, 2018. Jefferson’s change management project with the Black Coalition of AIDS Prevention (Black CAP) resulted in increased revenue opportunities for the non-profit by diversifying the organization’s development committee.
Jefferson has delivered numerous presentations and keynote addresses about the importance of DEI including: presenting at the inaugural IDEA (Inclusivity, Diversity and Equity in Advertising) Summit for the Institute of Communications Agencies (ICA); national webinars for CASC, Pride at Work Canada, and IABC (International Association of Business Communicators) Toronto; and delivering the keynote address about Diversity in Public Relations for Humber College in 2018. He has participated in myriad panel discussions about diversity and inclusion at the IDEA Summit, the 2018 Global PR Summit, and AdClub Toronto. He has also been a guest lecturer at Ryerson University.
Jefferson earned a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, a Public Relations Honours Certificate from Humber College, and is a change management, leadership and inclusion graduate from Centennial College and the Canadian Centre for Diversity & Inclusion (CCDI) and is working towards the Canadian Certified Inclusion Professional (CCIPTM) designation.
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