Diversity on Campus

Anti-Racism Speaker Series

Diversity Speaker Series: Jonathan Niemczak

June 9, 2022

You’re Invited – A History of Pride in Winnipeg: The Struggles, The Victories, The Challenges Ahead – Featured Expert and Q&A Discussion

Pride, like the many people the movement represents, comes in endless forms, colours, shapes, sizes, and identities. The 2SLGTBQIA+ community still seeks understanding and acceptance but is more mobilized than ever before to elevate and embolden members and allies, on a mission for meaningful change.    

Join RRC Polytech’s Anti-Racism Committee for the second in a four-part virtual speaker series featuring champions of equity, diversity, and inclusion in a post-secondary setting. Keynote speaker, Jonathan Niemczak is the Chair and CEO of the Canadian Pride Historical Society, Past President of Pride Winnipeg, and a gender, sexuality, and relationship (GSRD) advocate with over fifteen years of community leadership experience.

After a personal introduction by friend, ally, and committee member Vassan Aruljothi, our passionate expert will address Pride in Winnipeg today, by examining the long and often difficult path travelled so far, by advocates and activists like himself. Jonathan will share his experiences in a post-secondary setting, respond to your questions, and lead a discussion about meaningful change. 

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Event Details

  • Date: June 16, 2022 
  • Time: Noon – 1pm
  • Host: RRC Polytech Anti-Racism Committee via ZOOM
  • Registration Deadline: June 16, 11:30am


Jonathan Niemczak, Canadian Pride Historical Society


Vassan Aruljothi, WIL Coordinator, Electrical Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineering, School of Skilled Trades and Technologies

Note: If you have a specific accessibility request, please contact kmichie@rrc.ca. For all other questions, please contact diversity@rrc.ca.

If you have technical difficulties when logging on to this Zoom event, please contact kmichie@rrc.ca or text 204-299-8000.

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Anti-Racism Speaker Series: Dr. Leela Viswanathan

April 1, 2022

Sharing Experiences and Strategies for Effectively Addressing Racism in Post-Secondary – Featured Expert and Virtual Panel Discussion

To combat racism, we must address racism in all forms and in all areas of our daily lives. How can you help? It’s simple. Listen, learn and act. 

RRC Polytech’s Anti-Racism Committee presents the first in a four-part speaker series featuring champions of equity, diversity, and inclusion in a post-secondary setting, accompanied by a moderated panel discussion designed to inspire change.

Keynote speaker, Dr. Leela Viswanathan, an award-winning educator and anti-racism advocate, introduces several themes – accountability, practices to address bias, and ways to support the journey of all students to see them flourish.

A panel representing RRC Polytech’s senior leadership team, distinguished alumni, and the student body then join the discussion to share their experiences and suggestions and respond to questions. 

Event Recorded

April 14, 2022


Dr. Leela Viswanathan, PhD, RPP, MCIP, Viswali Consulting


  • Jamie Wilson, Vice-President, Indigenous Strategy and Business Development 
  • Kyra De la Ronde, Student, Social Innovation and Community Development
  • Jackie Wild, President, Manitoba Filipino Business Council – Senior Community Investment Manager, TELUS – RRC Polytech Graduate, Creative Communications 2013                       


Ginger Arnold, Instructor, Social Innovation and Community Development 

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