*CANCELLED* Being, feeling, thinking, and doing inclusive leadership: Dr. Arig al Shaibah’s insights on equity, diversity, and inclusive organizational change in the academy

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Join us for a public lecture with Dr. Arig al Shaibah, Associate Vice-President, Equity and Inclusion, at McMaster University.

Most, if not all, universities across Canada have articulated their value for and commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). However, across the university sector, institutions have continued to be challenged to mobilize campus-wide efforts to enact and embody their EDI values and commitments.

The presenter, who self-identifies as a racialized woman administrator, academic, and practitioner, will summarize some of the challenges and opportunities in advancing EDI in the academy, referring to relevant scholarship and augmenting that knowledge with lessons learned from lived experiences and leadership practices.

Participants will be invited to reflect on and discuss the inclusive excellence imperative and the paradigm shift for which it calls, as well as the requisite institutional EDI change management approaches and individual inclusive leadership qualities needed to action EDI priorities towards aspirational inclusive excellence goals.

This lecture is part of the Provost’s Distinguished Lecture Series on Race and Leadership, and will be hosted by Dr. Andrew Szeri, Provost and Vice-President Academic, and moderated by Dr. Minelle Mahtani, Senior Advisor to the Provost on Racialized Faculty.


Dr. Arig al Shaibah has over 18 years of experience working as a practitioner, educator, and administrator in higher education. Currently, she is the Associate Vice-President, Equity and Inclusion and an Adjunct Faculty member in the Department of Sociology at McMaster University. Previous to this role, Arig was Vice-Provost (Student Affairs) and Acting Executive Director (Human Rights & Equity) at Dalhousie University, and Assistant Dean (Student Life and Learning) at Queen’s University. Arig holds a Master’s in Public Administration and a PhD in Education (Cultural and Policy Studies). Her doctoral research involved a study of the perspectives of senior-most administrators with respect to the barriers to and enablers of advancing EDI in the academy. Over the course of her professional and academic career, Arig has amassed insights into individual and institutional challenges and opportunities for personal and organizational EDI change.

The Provost's Distinguished Lecture Series on Race and Leadership is created to foster holistic discussions on equity, diversity, and leadership at UBC. The series seeks to engage in critical conversations on strategic and diversity-focused initiatives on campus and inspire organizational change and leadership.

As part of the series, each term a speaker and expert in the field of equity, diversity and inclusion will be invited to UBC to explore issues of race and leadership in higher education. The event includes an introduction and moderation by the Provost and Vice President Academic, Andrew Szeri, and a public lecture led by the speaker.