Intersection of Language, Gender, Race, and Its Impact on Psychological Safety for Black Anglophone Women in the Québec Workplace

Hezmine K M Alvis
International Journal of Community Development and Management Studies  •  Black in Quebec - Exploring Black experiences in health, justice, education and employment  •  Volume 7 (2023)  •  pp. 134-148

This research aims to assess the extent to which discourse around representation in the Quebec workplace aligns with the experiences of Black Anglophone women.

There is a persistent lack of quantitative and qualitative data on Quebec’s English-speaking Black Community (ESBC). With the increase in implementation of diverse, equitable, and inclusive policies in the workplace, and recent French-language laws, it is crucial to collect current and meaningful data on the community’s experiences.

Data collection methods included interviews, surveys, and content analysis. Interviews were conducted with a small, diverse group of eight (8) Black Anglophone women aged 18-65.

Québec’s language politics creates additional barriers for Black Anglophone women in the workplace, even in a working French proficiency environment. The language social stratification hinders their work quality even after Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion policies have secured them a position.

The volatile language politics in Québec intersect uniquely with gender and race, further shifting the goalpost for Black Anglophone women's full inclusion in the workplace. By fostering and encouraging discourse they can identify aspects of psychological safety, empowering themselves and their communities to navigate work environments more effectively.

Original Research (Combination)  |  psychological safety, anglophone, black women, language politics, discrimination, workplace
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