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Dr. Hadiya Roderique

Diversity and Inclusion Advocate | Journalist | Lawyer

Hadiya Roderique
Virtual: Facing up to Racism at Work
Black On Bay Street
Hadiya Roderique
Virtual: Facing up to Racism at Work
Black On Bay Street

As a young, black woman working as a lawyer on Bay Street, Dr. Hadiya Roderique delivered a wake-up call to corporate Canada in the form of her Globe and Mail feature essay, “Black on Bay Street”. Her think piece sparked discussion in boardrooms across Canada and today she continues that conversation as an award-winning writer, cultural critic, researcher, lawyer, and consultant. She specializes in workplace equity, diversity, and inclusion, and her thought-provoking presentations showcase the power behind a diverse and inclusive workplace.

Roderique’s written work has appeared in The Globe and Mail, The Walrus, Vice, The National Post, and more. Her piece “Black in the Ivory” earned her a National Magazine Award for Best Short Feature. She is currently an assistant professor of journalism in the Department of Arts, Media, and Culture at the University of Toronto Scarborough.

Roderique has a JD, MA in criminology, and PhD in Organizational Behaviour from the University of Toronto. In 2018, she was named one of Canadian Lawyers’ 25 Most Influential Lawyers and recognized with the Rising Star award from the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers.

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  • Hadiya was wonderful!! We did not know what to expect with this event as it is a complex topic to discuss at organizations and this was our first open discussion. Hadiya was the perfect speaker for the situation. She was authentic, put things in layman’s terms while not being condescending. She defined terms around privilege, intersectionality and racism that many have not been able to define so articulately in a way that made people really understand the impact. And best of all, people came away with some practical advice to start to improve things in the workplace. I would highly recommend her and there is a very good chance we would want her to come back.

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