Dr. W. Y. Alice Chan will help us begin our conversation by sharing her recent experience and lessons learned while discussing racism and religious literacy during an online dialogue based in the Vancouver area. There will be plenty of time for discussion and reflection as a group.
W. Y. Alice Chan, Ph.D., OCT, is an Ontario Certified Teacher with a Ph.D. in Education from McGill University. Her research background is in the area of religious literacy, religious bullying, and radicalization to violence, which led her to work and publish reports with a variety of organizations, including the UNESCO-Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development, the Tony Blair Institute for Change, and the Religious Freedom Center. She is also the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Centre for Civic Religious Literacy (CCRL) – a non-religious non-profit fostering understanding about religious, spiritual, and non-religious people in all sectors of Canadian society.
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