Human Rights and Equity
The Role and Obligations of Municipal Leaders
The importance of municipally elected officials understanding and honestly and transparently facing the issues of human rights, diversity, equity and inclusion is an important aspect of leadership. The positive obligation of municipalities and the consequences of missteps in addressing these fundamental issues in your community is what you will learn in this training. Helping members better understand these important and complex issues is part of AMO’s ongoing commitment and objective in our support of your leadership.
In partnership, Hicks Morley, the Kojo Institute and AMO, have developed training to support members in understanding your obligations under law specific to human rights and how to work towards creating equitable outcomes for your constituents.
This training will take a deep dive into:
The Ontario Human Rights Code:
- Understanding your obligations and duties in eliminating discrimination and harassment.
- What are grounds for discrimination?
- The important intersection of human rights and equity.
- Your role and opportunities in working towards equity.
Understanding and Creating Equity:
- What is equity?
- The impact of your decision-making frameworks and data: how these reinforce bias, racism, discrimination and inequity.
- Creating change and equity in your municipality by confronting your biases.
- Working towards making new choices.
Join Njeri Damali Sojourner-Campbell, Associate with Hicks Morley and Kike Ojo-Thompson, Principal Consultant, Kojo Institute, for an important and innovative discussion and workshop on matters that are important to your council and your community. Registration is limited.
This training is designed for elected officials.
This one-day workshop will be offered virtually.
Workshop Run Time: 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
No dates currently scheduled.
Njeri Damali Sojourner-Campbell, Associate, Hicks Morley
Njeri Damali Sojourner-Campbell is an employment, labour and human rights lawyer in Hicks Morley’s Toronto office. Njeri provides strategic advice and representation before administrative tribunals and courts.
She provides legal advice to clients to supplement their work with workplace consultants and/or workplace investigators on complex equity and human rights-related matters.
Prior to her legal career, Njeri was employed as a Human Rights and Diversity Advisor at Humber College. There, she supported workplace investigations, compliance initiatives and delivered human rights and AODA training. She possesses a Masters in Education from York University, where she focused on Critical Race Theory and other equity-related disciplines.
Kike Ojo-Thompson is an award-winning equity thought leader. She is renowned for her work and expertise as an anti-racism and anti-oppression educator, speaker, and organizational change facilitator. For more than 20 years, Ojo-Thompson and her equity consultancy, KOJO Institute, have led private and public organizations towards more equitable outcomes. Prior to leading KOJO Institute full-time, Ojo-Thompson’s notable roles included project lead of Canada’s first-of-its-kind initiative to address anti-Black racism in child welfare and senior facilitator for Ontario’s carding review. As a go-to voice in the conversation on equity and anti-Black racism, Ojo-Thompson has shared her expertise with audiences of platforms and organizations like Forbes, Maclean’s, The Globe & Mail, Oxford University, and Giants of Africa. She has been recognized for her commitment to equity with awards like the Women’s Executive Network Inclusion Vanguard (2022), Robert Small’s 25th Anniversary Legacy Poster (2019); and 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women (2018).