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October 4, 2021

5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Anti-Racism Response Training (A.R.T)


Anti-Racism Response Training (A.R.T)

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

2.5 Hour Overview (Virtual) Workshop

Monday, October 4, 2021  5:00pm ET/2:00PT/3:00MT/6:00ATL/6:30NFLD

CACUSS is pleased to again offer this engaging and important training opportunity. Note; these sold out in May/July 2021 and we are offering the Overview workshop in October AND the 4-part series again in November.

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.

NOTE: This online workshop is highly interactive and involve experiential activities to develop and strengthen active witnessing skills. Over Zoom, we use a combination of chat box, slides, polls, video animation & video clips, scenarios, breakout room discussions and practice sessions, stories and readings, and whole group learning. We encourage participants to be prepared to fully engage in our workshops.

Overview of 2.5-Hour Workshop

● Consider the impacts of being a passive bystander vs. active witness

● Gain greater empathy regarding the harmful impacts of racist encounters

● Review four levels of witnessing

● Explore four key categories of active witnessing

● Learn and practice a wide range of anti-racism responses and share some of your own

Note: Space is limited in this workshop.

CACUSS Member: $59                                  Non-Member: $89

10% off for any additional members of your staff/team use the code ARTTeam10


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.

Cancellation Policy

Cancelations received by September 30, 2021 will be subject to a $10 administrative fee. Registrations may be transferred at no charge if requests are received in writing by September 30, 2021

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