Through the Lens: Anti-Blackness after 2020 – Invisibility, hyper-visibility, & mental health

The workshop, facilitated by registered clinical counsellor Sacha Médiné, will explore the experience of Blackness, and the toll of anti-Blackness, in the aftermath of events in 2020. This was a year that featured a rapid move from the longstanding invisibilization of anti-Blackness to a hyper visibility and newfound focus in response to the global Black Lives Matter uprising. Participants will be invited to explore the impacts of, and responses of Black folks to, these dynamics, and to engage with their own participation in, or resistance to, ongoing anti-Blackness in its new context.

The UBC Equity & Inclusion Office is excited to present another Through the Lens series, a series of interactive workshops exploring how different identities intersect, navigate and experience UBC while offering practical ideas on creating a more inclusive campus.

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Led by experienced community leaders, Through the Lens aims to provoke meaningful conversations on issues of identity, diversity, equity and inclusion. Each workshop provides an opportunity to learn, connect and join a network of allies across campus through story-telling, statistics and other resources.

Sacha is a Black counsellor, supervisor, and educator based in Vancouver, on unceded Coast Salish territories. His work and activism are focused on providing support and solidarity to individuals, communities and organizations impacted by, struggling for liberation from, or seeking to be accountable to their participation in systems of structural violence such as white supremacy, patriarchy, and settler colonialism. Sacha’s varied clinical experience includes past positions in organizations such as RainCity Housing, MOSAIC, and the BC Cancer Agency. Currently, in addition to his counselling and consulting practice, he is an associate faculty member at the City University of Seattle's Masters of Counselling program and a clinical instructor with the UBC Medical School Department of Family Practice.