The Equity & Inclusion Office recently invited this year’s Equity Enhancement Fund recipients to come together to discuss the progress of their projects. The pro-action café provided an opportunity for project teams to share their plans with fellow recipients, exchange ideas, and to discuss any concerns they’ve encountered in bringing their projects to life.
During the café, 16 participants presented their plans for projects to enhance equity, diversity and intercultural understanding at UBC. Projects included an intergenerational dialogue series (UBC Africa Awareness Initiative – UBC Afindisé), a monthly discussion series on sexual violence in Asian communities (ACAM), the first women’s debating tournament at UBC (UBC Debate Society), an Indigenous sharing series (Indigenous Student’s Association), a conference for racialized students (RAGA), and a project designed to orientate and prepare students to work in the Downtown Eastside (UBC Learning Exchange).
Dr. Jude Tate, Director of Equity & Inclusion said “The café provides a community building opportunity. There is so much connection for recipients between projects, with the exchange of ideas that collaboratively explores any issues unique to their project. The projects are really interesting, and will make important contributions to our local campus communities.”
The UBC Equity Enhancement Fund celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2016 and this year twenty projects received funding including five at UBC Okanagan and fifteen at UBC Vancouver. Keep an eye out for upcoming events at equity.ubc.ca and equity.ok.ubc.ca.
Read about current and past recipients of the fund: http://equity.ubc.ca/equity-enhancement-funds/
Do you have an idea to enhance equity, diversity and inclusion at UBC? The Equity Enhancement Fund call for proposals is January. Learn more: http://equity.ubc.ca/eef-fund/equity-enhancement-fund/
Equity Enhancement Fund-supported events – Fall 2016:
Beyond the Binary @UBC invites you to help shape staff training on gender diversity at UBC.
If you are a transgender, gender variant, and/or Two-Spirit faculty or staff member at UBC you are invited to provide feedback on staff training re: trans inclusion and awareness at UBC.
How can you get involved? Provide your thoughts via anonymous feedback form: https://survey.ubc.ca/s/BeyondtheBinary/
Race Literacies Mini Conference – Come to the Table: A day of dialogue and performance
Presented by Race Literacies: A Black Canadian Speakers Series.
Event features Phanuel Antwi, David Chariandy, Wayde Compton, Annette Henry, Denise Ferreira Da Silva, Marion Landers, Scruff Mouth, Manuel Piña-Baldaquín, and Handel Wright.
10am – 4:30pm
St. John’s College (map)
Read more: http://equity.ubc.ca/2016/10/17/race-literacies-mini-conference/
InSA Presents: “Elder in the Making”
The first installment of the Sharing Series is a screening of “Elder in the Making”, followed by a Q&A session with the producer and director Chris Hsiung, and co-producer Cowboy Smithx. An informative expose into the complexity of Aboriginal culture, this film explores Treaty 7, which saw First Nations people in Southern Alberta lose rights to their traditional territory.
This event is being hosted by InSA, UBC Film Society, Faculty of Education, First Nations House of Learning, Equity Enhancement, and others.
Saturday, Nov. 19
Center for Interactive Research on Sustainability
This event is free with a $1 InSA membership fee and, as always, welcomes Indigenous students, faculty and allies. For more information, contact Nahannee Schuitemaker or Alexa McPhee at firstname.lastname@example.org.