The Impact of a Lack of Inclusion in our Society with Dr. Rehman Abdulrehman

Authentic Living with Roxanne Derhodge and Dr. Rehman Abdulrehman

Have you ever felt marginalized for being different?  Maybe you’re a person of colour, over or under weight, female, have a disability…the list really does go on and on.  On this episode of Authentic Living with Roxanne, we are fortunate to welcome an expert on the topic of Diversity and Inclusion, Dr. Rehman Abdulrehman.  Dr. Abdulrehman is joining us to share his insight on how we can create a better workplace and in turn a better world.  It all starts by having a difficult conversation.

Dr. Rehman Abdulrehman is a clinical and consulting psychologist with a unique and well-honed ability to harness the application of psychology to help catalyze insight-oriented change.  A Canadian of Zanzibari descent, he draws on his extensive professional expertise as a consulting and clinical psychologist – and his life as an immigrant from an ethnic, cultural and religious minority – to illustrate the necessary concepts and actions for lasting change. In addition to speaking, he coaches, consults and delivers compelling experiential learning events, all designed to create a bridge of understanding and compassion across common human experiences and activate potent human transformation.

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Authentic Touch Points:

  • Why Dr. Abdulrehman got into diversity consulting.  2:30
  • How some senior leaders approach inclusion.  7:00
  • Slapping a band-aid on a gushing wound.  9:00
  • Kids aren’t born seeing colour.  12:30
  • What’s in a name?  17:30
  • Making the shift from unconscious bias.  21:30
  • How D & I can impact mental health in the workplace.  29:15
  • The problem with NOT seeing colour.  36:00

With well over 15 years of experience in the innovative application of psychology to develop creative yet practical solutions to dilemmas that arise in addressing diversity and inclusion, Dr. Abdulrehman has worked with a broad range of organizations including the CBC, the RCMP, the Mastercard Foundation, Kaplan, the Government of Canada, is a subject matter specialist for Google/YouTube on unconscious bias, and is a member of the Conference Board of Canada’s Council of Inclusive Work Environments. He is also an assistant professor at the University of Manitoba, has been a visiting professor at the State University of Zanzibar, Zanzibar University and Muhimbili University over the past decade, and was a TEDx speaker on the topic of “Resolving Unconscious Bias”. He is also a lover of cakes, bakeries, and is the Robin to a 7-year-old Batman.

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Thank you,


Dr. Abdulrehman’s website
Dr. Abdulrehman’s TEDx Talk
Dr. Abdulrehman’s podcast
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Roxanne’s previous podcasts

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