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Workplace Diversity and Human Rights Certificate

​Today, it is essential for HR professionals to understand workplace human rights legal requirements—failure to do so can bring big financial and reputational costs if your organization finds itself defending against a human rights claim.

HRPA’s Workplace Diversity and Human Rights Certificate is a three-day Certificate Program providing best practices and legal frameworks relating to workplace diversity, equity, and human rights; plus expertise around establishing and maintaining a harassment/discrimination-free work environment.

Learning objectives:

  • Identifying workplace human rights concerns and violations
  • Proactive measures to enhance healthy and inclusive workplace environments
  • Best practices to address human rights concerns
  • Human rights conflict resolution/mediation and investigation of workplace disputes
  • Knowledge of the formal human rights system and how to respond to human rights applications
  • Anti-harassment and anti-discrimination workplace strategies and techniques

Who should attend:
HR Professionals, diversity professionals, public policy professionals, union officials, NGOs and anyone interested in a better understanding of diversity challenges in the workplace or society at large.

About the faculty: Dr. Lorne Foster, Dr. Shaheen Azmi, Dr. Lesley Jacobs

Dr. Lorne Foster is the outgoing Director of the Graduate Program in Public Policy Administration and Law (MPPAL) and is a member of the School of Public Policy and Administration (SPPA) and the Department of Equity Studies (DES) at York University. He has taught and worked as a consultant in the areas of human rights, race and ethnic relations, and labour market and social policy. He has been active in both non-governmental organizations and public sector institutions at the senior federal level in the areas of immigration and employment equity.

Dr. Shaheen Azmi is a recognized as an expert on human rights.  He brings to this certificate program an expansive knowledge of human rights legislation, policy mediation and investigation.  Having worked in the human rights system for many years he is a respected human rights educator.  Dr. Azmi has overseen major initiatives on human rights organizational change; he pioneered human rights eLearning; and he is a sought-after speaker.  Dr. Azmi has a gift for making the complexities of human rights legislation and its related case-law and policies, easy to grasp.

Dr. Lesley Jacobs is the Director of the Institute for Social Research and the Executive Director of the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice, Osgoode Hall Law School. He is a professor of law and society/political science at York University. He specializes in the intersections between international human rights and trade law; global health and human rights; and comparative public policy on social justice issues.

“When you think about the significant cost of defending an action before a Human Rights Tribunal in terms of damages and legal fees, not to mention reputational damage and embarrassment, why wouldn’t an organization invest in a program like Workplace Diversity and Human Rights Certificate?”
-          Lauren Bernardi LL.B, Bernardi Human Resource Law

The Workplace Diversity & Human Rights Certificate & Course provides an excellent framework for understanding diversity and human rights. The course is comprehensive and provides excellent resources such as flow charts for making decisions, case law, links to legal resources, fact sheets and best practices. It is an excellent tool kit for an organization that wants to create organizational change and best practices with regard to Human Rights & Diversity. I highly recommend this certificate program.

- Connie Vander Wall, BBA, MSM, CHRL, SPHR, CVW Consulting & Former Associate Vice-President, Human Resources, Nipissing University 

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February 24, 25, 26, 2016
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM​
Event Type
Certificate Program
Continuing Professional Development

Continuing Professional Development 

  21 Hrs
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Yorkville Conference Centre
150 Bloor Street West
Suite 201
Toronto, ON
M5S 2X9
HRPA Members:$1185 + Taxes
Non-Members:$1425 + Taxes
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