Expounding on lived experiences of resilience through creativity and self-governance grounded on the philosophy of Ubuntu. We will examine “glocal” resistance to white supremacy/ capitalism/ patriarchy and talk about the role of narrative in creating characters that play within identity politics, in a context of a society governed by white supremacist ideology. Exploring the ideas of white supremacy as a current Western cultural norm and henceforth looking at antiracism as a form of decolonization and rejection of the forced imposition of Western cultural values.
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.
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.
Lady Dia is a Lozi womyn from Bartoseland. She studied at UBCO obtaining an undergraduate degree in Indigenous Studies. She is co-founder of the African Ubuntu Association and is Matron of the House of Hope, a space governed by the philosophy of Ubuntu in daily living. This art-centered space explores its practicality in sustaining community through creativity and collaboration. Lady Dia is a founding member of Kinfolk Nation- an African, Caribbean artist group who tell their story through singing, poetry, storytelling, theatre and art forms of all kinds. Lady Dia was co-founder of HEARTH, which was the first Black and Indigenous womyn organization in the Okanagan as well as the first Black and Indigenous student-led initiative in the Okanagan.
Trophy Ewila is best understood through his interest in finding the ‘name of Africa given by its Indigenous inhabitants before European Colonialism’. He is a graduate of UBCO (BA General studies, Economics concentration), a member of the founding executive committee of the UBCO African Caribbean Student Club and the first Black (and international) student to be president of UBCSUO. Trophy is co-founder of teh African Ubuntu Association and he is a founding member of Kinfolk Nation- an African, Caribbean artist group who tell their story through singing, poetry, storytelling, theatre and art forms of all kinds.