Beyond Inclusion: Equity in Democratic Engagement
Wednesday, October 21 at 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Liberal democracies with diverse populations often fail at creating trust and belonging for their under-represented citizens. Creating meaningful and authentic citizen engagement in democratic activities is integral to ethical and effective democracy. Hearing from people with diverse lived experiences leads to more innovative ideas, better decisions and stronger democracies. However, many groups of people remain under-represented in engagement processes due to systemic barriers and inequities. Join the practitioners from the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue for a presentation the eight principles they developed to support meaningful and equitable inclusion of under-represented voices in democratic engagement processes and discuss how to create more trusting and reciprocal relations with citizens.
Simon Fraser University’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue fosters shared understanding and positive action through dialogue and engagement. As a trusted convener and hub for community initiatives, we have engaged hundreds of thousands of citizens and stakeholders to create solutions for critical issues such as climate change, democracy and civic engagement, peace and security, inter-cultural dialogue, urban sustainability and health. The Centre actively connects the university and community partners to exchange knowledge and work towards shared objectives, and supports student success through the Semester in Dialogue and other experiential education opportunities.