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In Canadian workplaces, many Asians are forced to grapple with the bamboo ceiling, which is a term that is used to describe how their growth and success within their organizations is hindered because of their ethnicity. Moreover, other harmful stereotypes (like calling Asians the “model minority”) mean that there is still much work to be done for Asians to feel completely welcome in their communities. We continue to highlight extraordinary individuals this Asian Heritage Month, and today’s guest is a stellar example of using strength, determination, and resilience to overcome issues of racism, sexism, and Islamophobia. Introducing Sania Chaudhry, an Employment, Labour, and Human Rights Lawyer and a passionate champion for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Sania joins us today to discuss how DEI work became her life’s focus, how to push through the bamboo ceiling, why the model minority is a damaging stereotype, and how marginalized people can speak for themselves in environments that discourage them to do so. We also explore the role of allies in the workplace, how to diversify the leadership prototype, why colonialism remains ever-present, and so much more!
Key Points From This Episode:
- A warm welcome to Employment, Labour and Human Rights Lawyer, Sania Chaudhry.
- Sania’s professional background and why diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) matters to her.
- Her perception of the bamboo ceiling and examples of how she’s been marginalized at work.
- The myth of the model minority and why this is a harmful stereotype.
- What employers and workplaces need to do to address the bamboo ceiling problem.
- How marginalized people can speak up for themselves in uncomfortable environments.
- Redefining and diversifying the prototype of leadership.
- Making work activities accessible and enjoyable for all employees.
- How colonialism still affects Asians today.
- Ways that Sania brings forth her concerns at work amid the risk of reprisal.
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