October 12 to 15, 2021 is Breaking Barriers Week at Sheridan

Join Sheridan’s Career-Integrated Learning as we celebrate Breaking Barriers Week from Tuesday, October 12 to Friday, October 15!

The aim of Breaking Barriers Week is to create a safe space for Sheridan students, graduates, staff,  faculty, and employer/community partners to celebrate, learn about, and discuss equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace. 

This week-long initiative will include interactive workshops, employer information sessions, a live chat with Career-Integrated Learning team members on the importance of being your authentic self at work, the 3rd Breaking Barriers Alumni Panel, and the BLACKS Career Conversation Panel: Diversity at the Top – Leading with Purpose.

For the full event lineup and details on how to register, see below.


Event Listings

Why Join the Discover Ability Network?

Date: Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM ET

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Discover Ability offers people who experience barriers to job searching due to disability, with tools and resources to overcome those barriers and make job searching easier and more effective: an unparalleled job matching technology to connect you to inclusive employers; access to free training on job search and disclosure; and networking events that connect you directly to employers seeking talent.  This live demonstration workshop walks job seekers through setting up a profile on the Discover Ability platform.


Career Chat – Your Authentic Self at Work: What it Means & Why it Matters

Date: Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM ET

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Why does being your Authentic Self matter in the workplace? Join us to find out the answer!  Join us in this interactive session with staff from Sheridan’s Career Services team, including representatives from the Career Counselling, Employment Consulting, Employer Relations, and Co-Curricular Record (CCR)!


Job Search and Disability

Date: Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM ET

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Your 30-second-summary, resume, cover letter, references, networking skills, interview abilities and social media presence work together to create the story of you – and why you are the best candidate for a job. Join this workshop hosted by the Discover Ability Network to learn how each job search tool reinforces the other, how to stand out from other candidates.  Learn how disability can affect job search and how to maximize your story to get hired. 


Breaking Barriers Week Alumni Panel

Date: Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM ET

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Join us for ‘Breaking Barriers’ – a panel discussion on breaking barriers in the workplace. Connect with alumni who are committed to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion within the workplace as they share their experiences, success stories, career advice, and how they overcame obstacles throughout their journey. Learn about the importance of advancing the dialogue to overcome and break down identity-based barriers to employment and career success.

This panel will feature proud Sheridan alumni:  Muluba Habanyama, Journalism ’16, Andrew Letchuk, Educational Support ’18, Nick Nurse, Business ’99, George Alevizos, Theatre and Drama Studies ’19.


Careers with Impact: Being a Steward for Inclusion with McLean & Company

Date: Thursday, October 14, 2021
Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM ET

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Imagine positively impacting employee experiences every day?

Join us to learn more about McLean & Company. Their team brings passion for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to life, by being the trusted partner of HR and leadership professionals. Learn how you can work beyond the borders of one organization and be part of transformative work for a more inclusive world.


Government of Canada Recruitment Information Session

Date: Thursday, October 14, 2021
Time: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

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The Government of Canada is looking for a diversity of people, fields of work and ways of thinking. We are committed to building a public service that represents and fully includes the diverse identities, cultures, skills, perspectives and experiences that make up Canada.  COME AND JOIN US to learn more about our student and graduate programs and how to navigate through the application process.


BLACKS Career Conversation Series: Diversity at the Top – Leading with Purpose

Date: Thursday, October 14, 2021
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM ET

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Black Leadership, Ambition, Collective Knowledge and Success (BLACKS) is a Career Conversation Series in partnership with Black Mentorship Inc. (BMI), Sheridan’s Career-Integrated Learning services, Student Affairs and the Alumni Relations team. Students will hear from Sheridan alumni who are successful Black professionals about their experiences and success stories, get career advice, and learn how they were able to overcome obstacles throughout their journey.

Join us for a panel discussion called Diversity at the Top – Leading with Purpose. Hear from our panelists who are not only leaders within their industry, but leaders within their community. The panel will offer insights on how to lead with purpose in order to help make a better workplace for tomorrow’s leaders. It’s important to remember that race not only still matters in the workplace, but it remains a powerful barrier that prevents African Americans from ascending to leadership (Forbes, 2020). As tomorrow’s leaders, we need to learn how we can lead with purpose and pivot towards a new norm.


Let’s Talk Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Accommodations

Date: Friday, October 15, 2021
Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM ET

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Join presenters, Dana Brennand (Accessible Learning Advisor), Janice Galloway (Learning Strategist), and Janice Fennell (Manager, Accessible Learning) for an interactive and informative discussion about work-integrated learning accommodations, when and how to advocate for oneself in various employment and job search situations, and when and how to disclose a disability to an employer.


Friends of Ruby Panel & Information Session

Date: Friday, October 15, 2021
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM ET

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Hear from a panel of diverse team members from Friends of Ruby, a non-profit organization dedicated to the progressive well-being of LGBTQI2S youth (aged 16-29) through mental health services, social services and housing.  Learn about how Friends of Ruby is working towards its vision of a world where all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and two-spirit young people feel validated, involved and empowered to lead healthier lives.  Find out how you can join Friends of Ruby through diverse employment and volunteer opportunities, and contribute to this vision.


Questions about Career Connections Week or Breaking Barriers Week can be directed to Sheridan’s Career Services at sheridanworkscareers@sheridancollege.ca

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