Launch 2020: Keynote, Tina Varughese

OCDSB students in grades 11 and 12 are encourage to register for our first ever virtual post-secondary event on Wednesday, December 2nd.


The event’s equity keynote takes place at 9:30am.

Who is Tina Varughese? 

Tina Varughese is a Cross-cultural Communication Expert, worked with immigrants in her roles with the Province of Alberta’s Immigration office for 15 years, as well as running her own successful relocation and settlement firm. Tina represents diversity when she was chosen to be in Dove’s campaign for Real Beauty representing beauty in diversity.

“You Be You: What is Unconscious Bias?”

First impressions, positive or negative, are made in seven seconds or less. We all make quick assessments of others without even realizing it. We are not born with bias. Biases are formed by past situations, experiences, background and culture. Unconscious biases typically exist towards gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability (both physical and mental), and weight. Most of us will say “I see people for who they are” but do we? 

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