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Calling In Workshop: Doing Justice Without Breaking Each Other

  • ontario institute for studies in education 252 Bloor Street West Toronto, ON, M5R Canada (map)


“Calling out” is an empowered interruption of violence, and common in many progressive circles. It’s great because it demands accountability. The problem is, it also involves shaming, dehumanization, and alienation. It inadvertently creates a culture of fear. In other words, calling out is useful for fighting "enemies" but it is not useful for building communities.

“Calling in” is another option. It demands accountability while valuing the connection between all of us. It cultivates dialogue, patience, and compassion (when compassion is the hardest). It isn’t right for every situation, but when it is, it has great potential to heal hurts, increase understanding, change injustice, and deepen trust.

Come explore the phenomenon and practice the skills and scripts of calling each other in.


Karen B. K. Chan is a sex and emotional literacy educator in Toronto. BK has taught and written about sexuality and emotional intelligence for over 18 years. She is dedicated to having conversations that are real, transformative, and kind. She and her work can be found


This meeting will take place on sacred territorial land of the Anishinabek Nation, including the Mississaugas of the New Credit, and nations of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy including the Senecas, the Huron-Wendat, and Petun First Nations.

* Childminding will be available for this workshop *

OISE is wheelchair accessible, located close to the St George subway station on Line 2. The station is accessible. 

In terms of gender-neutral washrooms, there are single user washrooms on the 1st and 12th floors (the 12th floor washroom, however, is not barrier free).

Please let us know if you have any accessibility needs that we can work to accommodate!

Please come to this meeting with as reduced fragrances as possible.