Racial Equity in Coach Training: Levelling Up the Playing Field for Excellence Begum Verjee

This interactive presentation will explore racial inequity in coach education and training by examining the ideology of racism and its manifestation through everyday microaggressions that leave BIPOC individuals excluded, tokenized, or relegated to the margins. Racism is systemic and structural, reinforced and supported by individuals who have the power to maintain the status quo. Participants will be introduced to a model for racial inequity in organizations, and co-create a framework for racial equity, inclusion, and excellence in coach education and training. The aim of this presentation is on transforming ourselves, our students, clients, and organizations.

Begum Verjee (she/her) has a doctorate in Educational Leadership and a master’s in Counselling Psychology, and is an Associate Certified Coach (ACC). Begum has over 30 years of experience working in the fields of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI), and as an educational leader and social change agent, has developed post-secondary programs and educational initiatives utilizing a social determinants of health lens. Begum is the Provost and a faculty member at the Adler Graduate Professional School in Toronto, and on faculty with the International Committee of Adlerian Summer Schools & Institutes (ICASSI). She is a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF), the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), and a member of the Graduate
School Alliance for Education in Coaching (GSAEC). She also sits on the Council of Ambassadors with the ICF Foundation.