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Walk a Mile: A Journey Towards Justice and Equity in Canadian Society, 2nd Edition

By Theresa Anzovino, Deborah Boutilier, Jamie Oresar
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ISBN-10: 0176730273
ISBN-13: 9780176730277
Publisher: Top Hat
Edition: 2nd

Walk a Mile: A Journey Towards Justice and Equity in Canadian Society is the first text of its kind to combine both cognitive and affective dimensions of studying diversity. It does so through an experiential framework that encourages self-reflection on the part of the reader while providing a strong foundation in the history of diversity in Canada. Using as its starting point the notion that creating a more just, inclusive society, requires each of us to figuratively and empathetically walk a mile in the shoes of others, the framework of Walk a Mile facilitates the development of diversity competencies, equipping students to work and live effectively with people from a wide variety of cultural, religious, economic, sexual, and age backgrounds.

Features

  • In Their Shoes uses students' stories to give an authentic voice to the lived experience of "real" people that other students can identify with.
  • Picture This ... uses carefully chosen photographs to speak to the undiscovered themes in each chapter as students consider the historical and future implications of each photograph.
  • Agent of Change uses examples of Canadians, some famous and others not, to highlight the ways in which positive social change can impact families, neighbourhoods, communities, Canadian society, and beyond.
  • END-OF-CHAPTER SKILLBUILDING MATERIAL- Each chapter ends with a reading, followed by several discussion questions that instructors can use as the basis for a written assignment, an oral discussion, or a class debate. The KWIP feature closes each chapter by leading students through a process of reflective questioning using the following steps: K: Know it and own it—What do I bring to this? W: Walk the talk—How can I learn from this? I: It is what it is—Is this inside or outside my comfort zone? P: Put it in play—How can I use this?

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Diversity, Oppression, and Privilege
  • Chapter 2: Forms of Oppression
  • Chapter 3: Social Inequality
  • Chapter 4: Gender
  • Chapter 5: Sexuality
  • Chapter 6: Race and Racialization
  • Chapter 7: Indigenous Peoples - with contributions by Yale Belanger
  • Chapter 8: Immigration
  • Chapter 9: Multiculturalism - with contributions by Samah Marei
  • Chapter 10: Religion - with contributions by Samah Marei
  • Chapter 11: Ability
  • Chapter 12: Age
  • Chapter 13: Families

Author Information

Theresa Anzovino

Theresa Anzovino has completed a Masters of Arts degree in Sociology (York University, 1994), Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology (University of Waterloo, 1985), and Teaching Adults Certificate (Niagara, 1989). Her academic areas of interest include feminist jurisprudence, migration, diversity, human rights, and universal design for learning. She is proud mother to son Daniel. Anzovino is a professor in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Niagara College and the recent recipient of the Niagara College Champion Award. Prior to this, she worked as a CEO for a large organization within the non-profit sector dedicated to refugee protection and resettlement. This work earned her numerous humanitarian and leadership awards. When she invites you to walk a mile in her shoes, it will be barefoot on a beach connecting with the earth.

Jamie Oresar

Jamie Oresar has completed a Masters of Teaching degree (Griffith University, 2004) and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology (Western University, 2001). Her academic areas of interest include diversity and social inclusion, criminology, globalization and sustainable development, and gender studies. Oresar is a professor of Sociology in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Niagara College. Prior to this, she has taught at the secondary level in Ontario, as well as internationally in China, Australia, and Mexico. When she is not teaching, Oresar loves to travel and spend time outside with her partner, Joe, daughter, Joey, and dog, Bentley. She invites you to walk a mile in the shoes that have led her across three continents.

Deborah Boutilier

Deborah Boutilier holds a Doctorate of Education degree in Sociology and Equity Studies (University of Toronto, 2008), Master's degrees in Sociology (State University of New York at Buffalo, 1987) and Education (Brock University, 1998), and a Baking Certificate (Niagara College, 2013). Her academic areas of interest include diversity and social inclusion, social constructions of gender and homicide, and the learning processes of information technology in the practice of cross-cultural computer-mediated exchanges. When she is not teaching in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Niagara College, she loves reading, writing, baking, and walking her dog Bubba. She invites you to take a walk in her favourite shoes, but warns you that they leak!