Seeking to Belong: Whose voices are valued in our communities?
Our University of the Streets Café public conversations are much like any you’d have with friends or family around a dinner table, except with more people, more points of view, and slightly more structure. Conversations are hosted by a volunteer moderator who is there to welcome everyone and keep things on track. To get things started, there’s a guest, or sometimes two, who get the ball rolling by sharing their ideas, experiences and questions. After that, it's all up to the participants.
Our society is made up of a broad range of individuals from cultures and origins that have in turn contributed to their beliefs and values. Yet, this diversity is not necessarily reflected in the spaces where decisions are made on our collective behalf. As a result, it can appear as if the overarching narrative that informs of individual experience of the world disproportionately values the perspective of a privileged few. This public conversation will look at the voices that are heard in our communities and the strategies which the rest of us need to employ in order to reach recognition. What are the limitations of our expressed commitments to multiculturalism? In what ways can privileged power holders act in solidarity? How can we benefit from access to a broader range of experiences?
Guest: Isabelle Monast-Landriault
Moderator: Myriam Zaidi
550 Richmond ave