Jul 12, 2021

The Hill We Must Climb: Eliminating Inequalities in Our Midst

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We are pleased to announce the start of a new virtual Summer Seminar Series - The Hill We Must Climb: Eliminating Inequalities in Our Midst. This series is a collaboration between UTDRO and the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, and will focus on issues related to equity, discrimination, and professional culture – issues that have come into sharp focus over the last year.

COVID, political events, and social justice movements have demonstrated deeply troubling disparities within our communities and within our patient population. But delivering excellence in cancer care also requires acknowledging the biases that exist in our own workplace and developing an organization culture that takes a proactive stance against harassment, explicit and implicit biases, cultural sensitivity, organizational wellbeing, and workforce equity (including gender equity). Within this in mind, the Summer Seminar Series will feature national and international experts and who will guide us through interactive sessions on these issues, which we hope will spark a broad discussion on how we can foster and support a diverse oncology workforce within UTDRO.

We look forward to seeing you online on July 15th to kick off the series!



July 22: Recognizing and Addressing Microaggressions

Speaker: Deanna Matzanke

Date and Time: July 22, 2021, 8-9 am EST

Talk Title: Recognizing and Addressing Microaggressions 

Deanna Matzanke is a bilingual Strategic HR and Diversity Professional and employment lawyer with over 25 years’ experience in all aspects of minority inclusion and employment systems and practices. She is a certified Global Professional in Human Resources (from the Human Resources Certification Institute) and holds her Human Capital Strategist designation (with the Human Capital Institute). She also specializes in Human Resources Policy and Compliance Frameworks. She is a sought-after keynote speaker, panelist and workshop facilitator on all aspects of diversity, inclusion and human resources. Deanna holds a B.A. (Hons) in Romance Languages from University of Alberta, both her common law and civil law degrees from McGill University and is the recipient of the Nathan Cotler Human Rights Award. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize examples of microaggressions
  • Understand the lasting impact of microaggressions
  • Respond and address microaggressions from different perspectives

Technological Requirements: Zoom account

How to Join: On July 22 at 8am click the button below to login to the Seminar, and enter the associated passcode. Should you run into any access issues, please email the Department at radiation.oncology@utoronto.ca

Join Ms. Matzanke on Zoom   Passcode: 956712