Upcoming Events

July 6, 2021 to July 27, 2021

5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Anti-Racism Response Training (A.R.T.) 4- part Series



Facilitators: Thanh Tazumi, Naomi L. Wolfe & Sanchit Mittal

Tuesdays, July 6, 13, 20, 27, 2021. 5:30pm ET/2:30PT/3:30MT/4:30CT/6:30ATL/7:00NFLD

PLEASE NOTE: Participant commitment to the whole series is strongly recommended.

The Anti-Racism Response Training (A.R.T.) developed by Dr. Ishu Ishiyama – and recently adapted and enhanced by your facilitators – uses a witness-centered approach to disrupting racism. This training is designed to encourage participants to shift from being frozen or silent bystanders to becoming active witnesses. In doing so, we can disrupt racism and build a safer and more inclusive community.

Overview of 4-Part Series (8 hours)

1) The History of Racism in Canada – A Glance

  • Learn about racist laws, policies, and events in Canada’s history and their impacts on Indigenous, Asian, Black and other communities
  • Connect the dots between past and present
  • Connect the dots between history and self – both past and present

2) Definitions, Language and Microaggressions

  • Review of key vocabulary used in anti-racism work
  • A peek at the racist origins of commonly used language
  • Exploration of microaggressions and how unconscious bias and stereotypes seep into our interactions with others

3) Understanding the Active Witnessing Model

  • Consider the impacts of being a passive bystander vs. active witness
  • Gain greater empathy regarding the harmful impacts of racist encounters
  • Review VOW model and four levels of witnessing
  • Explore various categories of active witnessing
  • Look at model scenarios and practice responding

4) Practice Active Witnessing

  • Look more deeply at racist encounters using various scenarios
  • Actively practice A.R.T. responses
  • Tap into participants’ own lived experiences
  • Consider immediate and delayed responses
  • Look at accountability and how to be in solidarity
  • Connect the dots between responding to individual and systemic racism

Note: Space is limited in this series. Pricing has been updated as of Feb 18.

CACUSS Member: $189                Non-Member $239

10% off for any additional members of your staff/team use the code ARTSeriesTeam10


  • Handouts/materials provided before each session; slides available afterwards
  • Suggested learning in between sessions and after sessions are completed
  • Participants who participate and complete this series will receive a certificate from CACUSS and A.R.T.

NOTE: Completion of the 4-part series qualifies attendees for the A.R.T. Train-the-Trainer Program



Naomi and Thanh began facilitating workshops together in the mid-90’s, and their A.R.T. work started in 2002. Sanchit joined the team in 2020, when the team started offering virtual workshops.


Thanh Tazumi (she/her/hers) Thanh and her family fled Vietnam in 1981, and spent 3 years in a refugee camp before immigrating to Canada. After completing her Bachelor in 1996, she married her husband Mark and moved back to Vancouver Island. Together they raised their two daughters in an intercultural family dynamic. Thanh worked for a multicultural organization for 10 years, coordinating anti-racism, diversity, and organizational change projects. She coordinated the first anti-racism walk in Campbell River, in 1997 and formed a working committee to continue this annual event until 2006. Thanh has co-facilitated a variety of workshops including: intercultural communication, diversity and inclusion, and Anti-Racism Response Training for many years. She is currently living in the traditional territory of the Laichwiltach people, and working for The John Howard society as a Cultural Coordinator.

Naomi L. Wolfe (she/her/hers) is a settler Canadian, originally from Saskatchewan, who is grateful to reside on E’iksan First Nation traditional territory. As a teen, Naomi was a member of an anti-racism youth group in Nashville during the desegregation of schools through crosstown bussing. After ten years living and working in Guatemala, she moved back to Canada, and eventually to Vancouver Island. Through her work with the Immigrant Welcome Centre and as ESL faculty at North Island College, Naomi gained a deep understanding of the barriers faced by her diverse community. Naomi facilitates A.R.T., intercultural communication, Theatre for Living, and Compassionate Listening (TCLP) workshops, and has presented at conferences in BC and internationally. Naomi greatly values collaborating with others to bring about a more just and inclusive society.

Sanchit Mittal (He/Him/His) came to Canada as an international student; he holds two Master’s degrees. He has diverse experience in working with various marginalized communities, including LGBTQ2+ and refugees. With over seven years of experience in various Indian and Canadian organizations, living as an uninvited guest on the traditional territories of the Neutral, Anishinaabe, and Haudenosaunee peoples, Sanchit deeply values Equity, Diversity, Inclusion (EDI), and is passionate about Truth and Reconciliation and Social Justice work, including Anti-Racism. Sanchit has co-facilitated many workshops including: LGBTQ2+ inclusion, Communications in Intercultural classrooms, Allyship, Microaggressions. Sanchit is a Partnerships Manager at an Edu-Tech company based in Ontario. He is also an EDI Consultant for Vancouver Island University, and serving as the Vice President for SIETAR BC.


Cancelation Policy

Cancelations received by July 2, 2021 will be subject to a $25 administrative fee. Registrations may be transferred at no charge if requests are received in writing by July 2, 2021

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