Here we would like to highlight some EDI events happening at UBC. To see more events, please go to https://events.ubc.ca/.

SOGI UBC Transformative Education Speaker Series (TESS)

The SOGI UBC Transformative Education Speaker Series (TESS) brings together leading scholars and artists working at the nexus of anti-racism, Indigenous education, and gender and sexuality in education to consider the possibilities for the future of anti-oppressive teaching and learning in North America. 

December 1, 2021  4:00 – 5:00 pm PST

Marie Laing is a queer writer, educator, and youth leader at the Native Youth Sexual Health Network. She is Kanyen’kehá:ka (turtle clan), and her family comes from Six Nations of the Grand River, as well as Ireland, Scotland, and South Africa. She earned her M.A. from the Department of Social Justice Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Her first book, Urban Indigenous Youth Reframing Two-Spirit (Routledge, 2021), shares the findings of her master’s thesis research — a series of conversations with fellow two-spirit, queer and trans Indigenous young people in Toronto about the term two-spirit. Her teaching experiences range from running improvised theatre workshops for high school students, to providing equity and anti-oppression training to non-profits, to community-based initiatives bringing culturally relevant sexual health education to Indigenous youth.

Abstract: In this webinar, Marie Laing will share insights from her book Urban Indigenous Youth Reframing Two-Spirit, and reflections from her work with the Native Youth Sexual Health Network. Interrogating the links between education within and without the academy, this talk will address the complex theories of change at work in some of the various educational spaces inhabited by Indigenous youth on Turtle Island.

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January 25, 2022  4:00 – 5:00 pm PST

Dr. Megan Scribe (Ininiw iskwew, Norway House Cree Nation) is an interdisciplinary Indigenous feminist researcher, writer, and educator. Her award-winning dissertation, Indigenous Girlhood: Narratives of Colonial Care in Law and Literature, examines how legal and literary narratives shape knowledge on violence in the lives of Indigenous girls living under settler colonialism. Her most recent co-authored (with Sefanit Habtom) publication To Breathe Together: Co-Conspirators for Decolonial Futures contemplates how Indigenous, Black, and Black-Indigenous peoples can conspire against settler colonialism and anti-Blackness as part of shared worlding projects. Dr. Scribe is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Ryerson X University, an Associate Research Fellow with Yellowhead Institute, and a Council Member for Aboriginal Legal Services Community Council Diversion Program.

Abstract: This lecture meets Indigenous girls situated at the intersection of gender-based violence and targeted attacks on Indigenous children, two eliminatory strategies that subtend Canadian settler colonialism. Indigenous girlhood is foregrounded with the recognition that the Canadian state has access to Indigenous girls in a way it does not once these girls become adults. Participants are called to bear witness to harmful social policies and practices targeting Indigenous girls and how this violence is subsequently narrated in legal and literary accounts. This lecture draws together a unique assemblage of legal and literary texts, including inquests and inquiries, official studies and reports, legislation, and Indigenous prose and poetry. These seemingly disparate texts are more than mere vehicles for knowledge transmission. These texts invariably shape knowledges. This lecture insists that in order to address settler colonialism, we must foreground Indigenous girlhood and critically examine how we talk about Indigenous girlhood and state violence.

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February 16, 2022  4:00 – 5:00 pm PST

Dr. Shamari Reid is an Assistant Professor of Critical Studies in Education in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Reid earned his doctorate in Curriculum & Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University. As a scholar, Dr. Reid’s research focuses on working with Black trans and queer youth and their communities to reimagine the ways we approach social justice teaching, learning, and educational leadership. You can engage more with Dr. Reid and his work on his personal website: shamarireid.com.

Abstract:

This world is for me too, honey”- Octavia St. Laurent
If only my teachers learned from ballroom, school and the world would be more human” – Cherry

Recognizing the negative schooling experiences of Black 2SLGBT+ youth, the fact that informal 2SLGBT+ curriculum often centers whiteness, and the lack of clarity around what constitutes formal 2SLGBT+ inclusive curricula, in this talk I draw on Queer of Color Critique (QOC critique) to present an approach to designing K-12 2SLGBT+ inclusive curriculum that affirms, celebrates, and reflects the lived experiences of Black 2SLGBT+ youth. In addition, I offer curricular examples from ballroom culture to illustrate how curriculum that is grounded in QOC critique can resist reproducing 2SLGBT+ inclusive curriculum that centers whiteness and damage-centered narratives of 2SLGBT+ individuals.

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Upcoming CTLT Workshops

December 13  1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
This session is for anyone who teaches at UBC who is looking for an introduction to inclusive teaching practices. Be introduced to the literature underpinning inclusive teaching and discuss why inclusive practices in the classroom are important, including considerations for the online environment . We will explore diversity amongst UBC’s student population. You will have an opportunity to learn, discuss and share inclusive teaching practices. You will leave the workshop with a range of practices and resources to continue exploring.

In this workshop you will:

  • Define diversity, equity and inclusion in UBC’s context.
  • Be introduced to the literature underpinning inclusive teaching and why it’s important.
  • Explore diversity at UBC and who studies here.
  • Have an opportunity to reciprocally learn, discuss and share inclusive teaching practices, including considerations for the online environment.

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Request a one-on-one meeting for support with course design, assessment or learning activity development, facilitating learning online, and more. Register here

The CTLT works collaboratively with faculty members and instructional support units to provide effective and efficient technology tools that create an exceptional learning environment. Register here

Equity and Inclusion in Action: STEM Series

The EDI STEM Series website and registration for this coming year is now up!

For session structure, you will receive a short reading or a video clip to orient you to some of the discussion topics for the session prior to each weekly session. Each session will begin with a 10-15 minute presentation introducing some of the themes related to the topic as well as some facilitated interactive exercises. The remaining time will consist of an interactive panel discussion, as well as break-out sessions with questions to discuss and opportunities for participants to bring specific challenges that they face with respect to EDI in their units to the facilitators and participants in order to learn and share resources. The sessions will be primarily facilitated by Maï Yasué (Equity Strategist for the Faculty of Science) and Greg Lockwood (Equity Strategist for the Faculty of Applied Sciences) with other staff from the Equity Office, Skylight and CTLT as well as faculty and staff from STEM units.

Goals of the sessions:

  • Build a sense of community across STEM for people working on EDI within their units.
  • Enhance a sense of self-efficacy through sharing of resources, knowledge, and expertise.
  • Through exchanges of ideas, develop a deeper understanding of some of the systemic barriers to EDI within STEM in order to coordinate action across different units.

December 9, 2:00-3:30 pm
In this session, we will share strategies on how to effectively respond to common critiques against EDI in STEM. By working through scenarios in small groups and sharing tips and tricks, we hope to advance our fluency (and speed) in re-framing EDI issues and effectively communicating EDI to people who oppose EDI. Register Now

January 20, 2:00-3:30 pm
In this session we will discuss recommendations and practices for faculty and staff review in service, research and teaching to further diversity and inclusion within STEM at UBC. We hope to hear about what work different units are doing in terms of activity reports, tenure review process and annual reviews with respect to EDI. Register Now

February 17, 2:00-3:30 pm
Here we will discuss and exchange ideas about best practices in terms of four key steps of setting an inclusive and equitable search process in hiring. We will look at how to write job descriptions that will lead equity-seeking groups to apply, how to create search committees, how to develop a rubric to assess candidates (and consider EDI credentials) and how to expand your pool of applicants. Register Now

New Pilots specifically for IBPOC Women and IBPOC non-binary people 

The IBPOC STEM network online series is open to people from any units in STEM fields at UBC (Faculty, staff, post-docs and graduate students). These sessions are specifically to build solidarity and community across women and non-binary folks in different STEM units. For each session we will invite IBPOC panelists from within and outside of UBC. 

This initiative will help meet the need to create affinity space for mentorship and support for IBPOC women and non-binary folks within STEM units. By strengthening networks within and especially between units, we hope this initiative will enhance wellness, cultivate a greater sense of belonging (in STEM), build greater self-efficacy, support retention and also support initiatives to mobilize equity, inclusion and decolonization within units.

Each of our four sessions will feature a specific theme, as listed below. Each event will include short ice-breaker activities for people to meet each other and will be followed by an informal discussion with three panelists and an opportunity to ask questions. Sessions will run on Thursdays between 2:00-3:30 pm.

  • October 28 - Supportive ecosystems for graduate students and post-docs
  • November 25 - Secrets to thriving and belonging as a junior faculty member
  • February 10 - Navigating the minority tax and the glass ceiling as a tenured faculty member
  • March 24 - Rewarding staff careers within the academy but outside of a faculty position.

For more details and to view notes from previous sessions, please visit the IBPOC STEM Network here: https://equity.ubc.ca/ibpoc-stem-network/.

Register for the sessions here

The IBPOC Community Conversations online series is only open to faculty, staff, post-docs and graduate students within the Faculty of Science. These sessions will be facilitated by a registered counsellor and will provide the space for IBPOC women and IBPOC non-binary people to come together and share their thoughts, experiences and feelings within the Faculty of Science. We hope that these sessions will address the isolation that we face and will allow for community support and healing. There are a range of different sessions and separate registrations for sessions for faculty and staff versus post-docs an graduate students. These sessions are capped at 15 participants. This initiative is funded by the Faculty of Science.

Follow the links here for details on how to register.

IBPOC Connections: Staff & Faculty

IBPOC Connections is an initiative designed for and by Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour at UBC – on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people. We seek to enhance the experiences and outcomes of staff and faculty through capacity building, leadership development, recruitment and retention, and mentorship.

To learn more about IBPOC Connections, including current and upcoming involvement opportunities, please visit here: https://equity.ubc.ca/ibpoc-connections/.