Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) are issues of critical significance, both in the broader world and within Collaborative Divorce Toronto.
We acknowledge that people do not experience the same level of access to resources and opportunities; therefore, we strive to adopt practices that enable all CDT members to have an equal voice and standing in the CDT community.
We acknowledge that systemic discrimination is pervasive and integrated into every system in Canada. We strive to maximize access to resources and training for all those interested in becoming CDT members.
At CDT, we recognize the importance of meaningful change within our own organization and we are currently implementing EDI programs and policies that increase our competencies and create space for members from diverse communities.
Our EDI Committee is dedicated to moving us from aspirational goals to concrete action and initiatives that will address and remove impediments and barriers. We strive to have our membership reflect all of the families and communities that we serve.
We have engaged an EDI Consultant to further our work to become ever more inclusive and fair to all in order to ensure that our core collaborative values are reflected in all aspects of the work we do. We need to live up to our promise and our potential.
EDI programs and trainings
Our EDI programs and trainings for members create a space for community learning, dialogue and awareness. We are grateful to our CDT members who have participated in these enlightening, sometimes difficult conversations, as we deepen our understanding and grow together.
Scholarship Program in 2023
CDT is also establishing a Scholarship Program in 2023 to support members of diverse communities to participate in the collaborative process by offering a scholarship to 5 successful applicants towards Collaborative Process training and a 1-year free membership to CDT.
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The EDI committee is actively reaching out to diverse communities to seek participation from a greater number of individuals from under-represented and equity seeking groups.
We know that there is still much work to do. We are implementing mandatory EDI training for all CDT members, and we will continue to make equity, diversity and inclusion a regular component of our trainings and programs as part of our pledge to foster meaningful cultural change.
I am a South Asian Family Professional excited to be part of the Collaborative Divorce Toronto community that has been welcoming and open to sharing their wisdom to assist me in my professional growth. I look forward to bringing the Collaborative Practice model, a peaceful approach, to all diverse communities. I am proud to be a board member of CDT, a community that offers ongoing learning, mentoring and coaching for new members.
As a lawyer from a racialized community, it is important to me that I belong to an organization that is supportive and respectful of people from different cultures, backgrounds, races, religions, and gender identities etc. At Collaborative Divorce Toronto, there is a real commitment to creating a more diverse and inclusive organization for all our members. Being part of an organization that values different perspectives and opinions allows me to better serve my clients and community.