Our mission is to empower and create safe(R) spaces for minorities to share their stories. We are guided to reduce health and social inequities, to create equitable opportunities and authentic discussions on social issues affecting Black, Indigenous and People of Colour.
Our extension of community development is founded in advocacy, research, education and training.
Create safe(R) spaces and platforms that appropriately represent individuals and the community from a diverse range of intersectionalities. Aim to dispel and mitigate stigma that continues to discriminate against individuals.
At the core of DiversityTalk is reliability and personal responsibility. We value the ability of our community, staff and organization to honour our commitments and goals, to clients, the community and to each other. We take ownership of our work with a clear understanding of our objectives. Our foundation of accountability is; act in service; be bold; be connected.
At DiversityTalk, we define ‘integrity’ as self-awareness, accountability, responsibility, and truthfulness and that our actions are consistent in order to strengthen our internal and external relationships.
Community involvement in the company reflects not only health and social equity objectives but also an interest in work closely and productively with tightly-knit diverse groups who are aligned with our values, goals and objectives.
DiversityTalk ensures that members and the team uphold the highest standard of behaviours as community leaders and advocates.
A continuous commitment to improving the ways we interact with our community, environment and others. We strive to manage our impacts and influence positive change with long-term goals to develop sustainable, just and fair changes.
IKA WASHINGTON, MSC.
FOUNDER | HEALTH/SOCIAL RESEARCHER
An African Canadian woman with lived experience in environments troubled by racism and prejudice. Due to her background in research, as a social/health scientist, she has been fortunate in having opportunities to apply study and analysis to issues of race and racism. She has been a strong advocate for diversity and equity in all public spaces and spheres and she often leads conversations on ways in which we as a modern society plagued by the residue of colonial history, can foster community engagement through creating safe(R) spaces for marginalized individuals and populations. She believes in working with all community members to address racism, anti-Black & anti-Indigenous racism, injustices, and inequities that historically affect targeted groups such as Africans and Indigenous peoples and the systematic barriers deeply rooted within our societies.
As the Founder and Lead Social/Health policy lead of DiversityTalk, a platform to engage and educate the public about minority health and alternative treatments through culturally competent education, events, and policy research. She has successfully worked on Social and Healthcare Policy reforms with Ontario Health, piloted legal Cannabis Diversity projects, developed awareness campaigns for health issues affecting African Canadians (such as Sickle Cell Disease), worked on sustainable social and environmental justice for the United Nations and compiled countless reports on the social determinants of health of Black/African Canadians. Recently contributed as a researcher and writer on a feasibility study for a Canadian Institute for People of African Descent. When implemented, an institute will provide national leadership for African Canadians in research applied research and community engagement and development.
Her credentials include a Master’s Degree in Social Science, a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences (Ecosystem Health), a Minor Degree in Gender Studies, a progressive Change Management and Project Management Certification, and 8+ years of direct professional social equity instruction advocacy experience.
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