Through the Lens: Challenging Anti-Blackness

Led by diversity and inclusion consultant, activist and writer Cicely Belle Blain, this workshop explores the colonial origins of anti-blackness and its pervasive presence in institutions and workplaces today.

This workshop not only delves into historical perspectives, but also offers practical solutions that encourage participants to make UBC a safe and supportive environment for everyone.

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

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.

Cicely Belle Blain is a diversity and inclusion consultant, activist and writer; they are one of Vancouver’s fifty most influential people of 2018, as awarded by Vancouver Magazine, a co-founder of Black Lives Matter - Vancouver, one of CBC’s 150 Black Womxn Making Change in Canada and BC Business 30 Under 30 2019 and has served as a member of the Canadian Youth Delegation to the United Nations. Their work is informed by their professional and academic background at the University of British Columbia and their lived experience as a Black, queer artist, a community builder, an intersectional feminist and a Black liberation activist. Cicely Belle’s first book debuts in 2020 with VS Books & Arsenal Pulp Press.

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