Preventing Bias in Service Delivery: A Child Welfare Lens

Recorded on March 25, 2021 - The webinar addresses the impact of the intersectionality of gender-based violence with unconscious bias through a Child Welfare Lens, you will learn about:

  • Equity Work is Emotional Work – Expanding our E.I. and not our I.Q
  • Identifying Systemic Barriers & Roots of Oppression
  • Unconscious Bias and Intersectionality through a Child Welfare Lens
  • Exploring Pathways to Social Justice within Gender-Based Violence
  • How to be an effective ally within the systems and structures?

Please join us as we engage in critical dialogue to explore the intersectionality of anti-oppression and the Child Welfare system, including Q&A.

This webinar is part of the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series, co-presented by Estella Muyinda, Interim Legal Director, METRAC: Action on Violence and  a guest presenter Jean Samuel, President & Owner at Arise International Promotions.

About our Presenters

Jean Samuel

Jean Samuel has worked in the Diversity field for over 20 years, and her most recent   role was as the Provincial Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies, where she worked to support the development of equitable services, programs and processes for children, youth, families, and staff.

Jean is a graduate of the University of Toronto and is a Certified Change Management

Professional, as well as a trained facilitator of Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppressive Practice.  Jean also holds the designation as a Certified Canadian Inclusion Professional (CCIPTM) from the Canadian Centre for Diversity & Inclusion, and she is passionate about social justice, human rights, and equity.

Her motto is ‘Be hard on the issues but gentle with people”, and she brings a unique perspective, and uses her talents to build awareness and understanding of how unconscious and conscious biases contribute to the marginalization and oppression of individuals in society.  As a consultant, she works with Governors and Senior Executives in the education, healthcare, social service, and legal systems, driving them to better understand their role in creating equitable and inclusive organizations to support the dismantling of individual, systemic, and structural discrimination and oppression.

Jean is most proud of her work in the area community engagement to support the progress towards more equitable and inclusive workplace environments, to which she was recently nominated and earned a finalist position for the 2020 International Peace Awards under the category of Multiculturalism and Diversity.

Estella Muyinda

Estella Muyinda has an LL.B., LLM, Dip. LP and she is called to the Bar Societies of Ontario, the Northwest Territories and Manitoba.  Estella has practiced in the areas of family, criminal and immigration law. Her work experience also includes policy development on diversity, equity, equality, and human rights issues.  Estella is a mediator and facilitator, she has made presentations on human rights issues at the United Nations Commission on Human Rights on several occasions, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and at many national and international conferences. She has been instrumental in starting projects that empower youth, women, disabled, Indigenous, and racialized communities.  Estella is currently the Interim Legal Director at METRAC: Action on Violence.