Online: Through the Lens – White Privilege and Allyship

Led by Adrienne Smith, this workshop explores the complexity of white privilege and white supremacy in large institutions. Using various cultural mediums and making room for dialogue, participants will be encouraged to explore their privilege and identify ways to honour and make space when working in allyship with racialized people.

The Equity & Inclusion Office is thrilled 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.

Event Update

While in-person delivery of events has been cancelled at this time, we are pleased to advise that this event has moved to online delivery.
Registration is required. A short article on how Social Justice works will be provided as required reading pre-event, along with workshop access information.

This session is open to everyone, but geared towards members of the UBC community who self-identify as white and are seeking to enhance their allyship with racialized and Indigenous people.

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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.

Adrienne Smith is a transgender human rights activist and drug policy lawyer. They recently settled a BC Supreme Court case which guaranteed access to opiate replacement therapy for prisoners in BC jails. Adrienne appeared at the BC Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada where they argued about the deleterious effects of mandatory minimum sentences for women, indigenous people, and drug users. As a trade union activist, they advocate for transgender inclusion in our unions and workplaces. Adrienne volunteers at the Catherine White Holman Wellness Clinic where they give free legal advice and notarize name change documents for trans people.

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