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November 24 @ 8:30 am - 10:30 am
Webinar hosted by Canada India Research Centre for Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE)
Presented by Anju Philip: Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Management, Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics, University of Guelph
South Asians are currently the largest visible minority group in Canada, and there continues to be an influx of highly educated and skilled South Asian immigrants. This immigration of South Asian people into Canada belies the significant challenges they face in resettlement and integration. Existing scholarly literature indicates that South Asians struggle to find employment and once they do, they continue to face discrimination. Additionally, and in particular, South Asian women continue to bear the burdens of managing most, if not all, household labour. Because South Asian women are known to be relatively more collectivist than other ethnic groups, the influence of their social networks is particularly important to their perspectives and experiences of living and working in Canada.
My doctoral dissertation uses a grounded theory approach to qualitatively explore the personal networks of 31 working South Asian women from Ontario, Canada using a two-part study (pre-interview questionnaire and interview). The overall goal was to explore the extent to which their personal networks impact their diverse choices surrounding work and life and the resulting consequences of choices made. The findings from this exploration of personal networks reveals who these women find to be most influential in their lives and how personal networks impact overall choices related to work and life roles. This research has provided a deeper understanding of one visible minority group in Canada and the recommendations derived from the findings could be used to address equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) issues, creating work environments and policy changes that promote overall productivity and well-being for all diversity groups in the workplace. This study also provides insights to the South Asian community about the necessity of partner support and empowerment of South Asian women.
This webinar will be hosted over Zoom. Registration is required.