Upcoming Event: Being Female in the World of Basketball in Canada
“Honest and raw conversations about equity and diversity in basketball to make the culture of basketball more inclusive as a community.”
As part of Ontario Basketball’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) we are proud to partner with an amazing initiative from EDIcation Consulting: Breaking Barriers through Brave Conversations. The third virtual panel discussion in this series of five will take place Monday, June 28 from 6:30PM to 8:00PM. Pre-registration for the event is required through EventBrite.
Sessions are 90 minutes: The first 20 minutes is dedicated to discussing education related to equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) concepts in sports followed with a 70 minute discussion where we hear lived experiences from a panel of guest speakers involved in basketball within various roles including players, coaches, and officials.
Speakers for this event include:
- Christa Eniojukan – Head Coach of York University women’s basketball team and previous gold-medal winning Team Ontario coach.
- Natalie Achonwa – Professional basketball player for the Minnesota Lynx of the WNBA, member of Senior Women’s National Team and former Team Ontario player.
- Noor Bazzi – St. Clair College women’s basketball player & first St. Clair College athlete to wear a hijab on the court, paving the way for other female Muslim athletes.
- Tashawna Higgins – Personal trainer and nutritionist with ten years industry experience, active basketball coach and official. Played Division I basketball with Norfolk State University, then played professionally in Europe and for Jamaican Women’s National Team.
- Erica Gavel – Paralympic wheelchair basketball athlete and PhD candidate at Ontario Tech University. Member of Canadian Paralympic Committee Athlete Council & previous member of Ontario Basketball Board of Directors.
The panel is hosted and moderated by EDIcation Consulting founder Dr. Ardavan Eizadirad, an instructor at several universities in the GTA for education and social work programs, and a longtime basketball referee.