Building Inclusive Practices and Developing Anti-Racist, Anti-Oppressive, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (BIPD ARAO-DEI) Program

Building Inclusive Practices and Developing Anti-Racist, Anti-Oppressive, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is a 28-month project, which furthers awareness about ARAO-DEI by drawing upon the unique experiences of immigrants, and the settlement service sector to research effective ways of combating the inequalities faced by newcomers, immigrants, international students and refugees within host communities and systems that support them. 

The project will operate on a collaborative, co-design approach by engaging newcomers, settlement service providers, employers, academia and key stakeholders to identify and address the existing gaps in understanding of ARAO-DEI knowledge and its application in service delivery. This participatory project will enhance capacity of newcomers, service providers, employers and support sectors through active engagement and participation. 

The goal of this project is to empower newcomers from marginalized communities to access effective services along with the settlement sector service providers to better understand and advocate for needed change and to challenge systemic discrimination and inequities. Each stakeholder will apply ARAO-DEI practices in their service delivery, service access, and community participation. Thus, enabling the settlement sector, employers, and newcomers to build inclusive communities collectively and foster successful integration.

Through this project, the Regional Diversity Roundtable (RDR) will develop a self-directed and guided virtual learning program, along with workshops to encourage collective learning, network building, and cohesive community creation among various stakeholders that would ensure ARAO-DEI is a lived reality in Peel. RDR will develop standards, tools, and resources that would support building inclusive practices of frontline settlement staff, support sectors, and diverse newcomer communities.

For all inquiries regarding the BIPD program and participate in the program, please reach out to our BIPD Project Lead – Zubair at

The BIPD-ARAO-DEI Program is funded by the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Key Program Dates (1st fiscal year) 

We invite you to join us at two key events: 

What: Design Thinking Forum 

When: February 14, 2022 10am – 3pm 

Where: Zoom

What: Prototyping Forum 

When: March 7, 2022 10am – 1pm 

Where: Zoom

What: Employer Forum

When: April 21, 2022 

Where: Zoom

What: Settlement Service Forum

When: July 13, 2022 from 2 PM – 4 PM

Where – Zoom

BIPD ARAO-DEI Program Announcement

BIPD ARAO-DEI Program Staff Information

Varsha Naik,
Executive Director, RDR

Mohammad Zubair Omer,
BIPD ARAO – DEI  Project Lead