Online Workshop

Anti-Black Racism: Building Understanding

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About this Online Workshop

From the rise of the social justice protests after George Floyd‘s death to the sentencing of his assailant a year later, for many, anti-Black racism has reached the surface of our collective consciousness.

Studies show that racism is still of important concern for a majority of Canadians and Black Canadians continue to experience its adverse affects within a variety of realms. The extent to which structural racism still exists in our society can seem very puzzling, especially to those who are not experiencing it.

Nonetheless, some have begun having difficult dialogues with their teams and clients in order to demonstrate understanding, while others are finding it challenging to get the dialogue get started.

How do we give continued support to this movement, initiate challenging conversations around race, and create inclusive human service environments while contributing to positive work spaces for people of colour?  

This two part interactive virtual workshop will explore anti-Black racism from a historical to contemporary context in order to gain an in-depth understanding of the hidden nature of racism today.

Learners will have an opportunity to reflect on their own unconscious bias, understand their dimensions of privilege and make sense of why systemic racism continues to persist.

The concepts of white supremacy, privilege and white fragility will be investigated as it relates to race relations, diversity, equity and inclusion. Learn how to promote psychological health and safety through the work you do and become an anti-racism ally who contributes to making a positive impact in your community.

Join this safe space for learning and exploration and leave armed with a sense of confidence in initiating courageous conversations around race. 

NOTE: This is an interactive, virtual workshop, which is different from a webinar. Participants will be expected to participate through voice and video, and to engage with each other and the facilitator in large and small group discussions, to learn from each other and practice skill development.

Who Should Attend?

This workshop is well-suited for any human services professional

Format and Duration

Two, three-hour online workshops over two days

Workshop Dates and Registration

All sessions in Eastern Standard Time.

There are currently no upcoming dates scheduled for this workshop. If you would like to enquire about bringing this virtual workshop to your organization or staff, please email


  • Members: $575 + HST

  • Non-Members: $750 + HST

  • Non-Member Education Level 1/2: $600 + HST

Technical Requirements

OMSSA will be hosting this virtual workshop using Zoom, an online, interactive platform that you can join straight from your web browser, or by downloading 'Zoom Client for Meetings' on your computer or tablet

Participants will be expected to join the workshop via both video and audio. Participants should therefore have access to a desktop computer, laptop computer or tablet with:

  • a webcam or built-in camera

  • a built-in microphone or a headphone jack where you can plug in a headset or earphones

We strongly recommend that participants use a headset or earphones with a built-in microphone in order to limit background noise. 

System requirements: Click here for more detailed information on system requirements from Zoom.

About the Facilitator

Marci Gray is a Psychotherapist and Registered Social Worker, Author, Speaker, Adult Educator, Consultant and Mental Health Advocate who has worked in the field of Human Services for over 20 years.  

She is the CEO of Gray Matter Health a Counselling and Consulting  firm where she provides individual, couple, and family therapy as well as consulting work on Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and Psychological Health & Safety. 

Marci is also the Author of The Empowerment Planner, a Mental Health and Wellness system created to improving mindset, wellness, and resilience. 

As a speaker, certified trainer, adult educator, and consultant, Marci teaches diverse audiences including executive leadership teams, nonprofit organizations, public servants, students, parents, first responders and various organizations. 

Her clinical work in the black community has equipped her with an informed perspective on anti-racism and the cultural stigma of mental health.  She continues to do specialized work in this area and provides expert advice for media appearing on Cityline, Breakfast Television, Global, CTV News, and Your Morning.