IBPOC Connections: Staff & Faculty

An initiative designed for and by Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour at UBC – on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people.

About IBPOC Connections

IBPOC Connections: Staff & Faculty strives to enhance the experiences and outcomes of faculty and staff who identify as Indigenous, Black and/or People of Colour at UBC.

As a convening space, IBPOC Connections is about community, belonging, and engagement. It is a space where IBPOC faculty and staff can come together to be in good company, to have candid conversations, and to collaborate and coordinate when appropriate.

As an initiative, IBPOC Connections centres the experiences of IBPOC identities in systems and processes that foster leadership development, recruitment/retention/success, capacity building, and mentorship.

Stay tuned to learn more about the overarching goals for the initiative and draft framework for IBPOC Connections.

Current Involvement Opportunities

A four-part virtual series about joy and resilience, fun, and activism that bears witness to what it means to be Black in BC. Join us at the heart of each month for a celebration of Black lives, Black culture and activism, and Black musical and poetic expression.

  • September 16: Marcus Mosely - watch the recording
  • October 21: Tonye Aganaba
  • November 18: Shad
  • December 16: Dawn Pemberton

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The Coffee Club provides the opportunity for IBPOC groups and communities – who are already in existence or in formation – to come together around special interests. These communities may be formed around institutional spaces (e.g. academic or administrative units), sociocultural identities (e.g. Indigenous, Black, African) and/or key topics (e.g. emotional labour, mentorship).

If you are interested in organizing get-togethers with colleagues in ways that may contribute to enhancing your experiences and/or outcomes as an IBPOC faculty or staff, we would like to support you with seed funding. Please complete the IBPOC Coffee Club funding form.

Past Events

Held quarterly, the IBPOC Connections: Staff & Faculty lunch is a unique and intentional space to build community and create a space of belonging for IBPOC faculty and staff at UBC Vancouver.

“[IBPOC Connections] is a site and time for faculty and staff who self identify as Indigenous, Black, and/or People of Colour at UBC to build community: to congregate with conviviality, to network, to share stories…” – Handel Wright

Read the full opening welcome by Professor Handel Wright from the inaugural lunch.

We have postponed the next IBPOC lunch for Fall 2020. Sign-up for the IBPOC Connections mailing list below, the InclusiveUBC newsletter, or check our events page for updates.

A three-part series developed by Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour (IBPOC) Connections, an initiative of UBC’s Equity & Inclusion Office, faculty members and graduate students examined historical and contemporary race and racisms themes in pandemic, anti-Black and anti-Asian contexts.

  • Histories of Race and Contagion: Revisiting D’Arcy Island through COVID-19: View the recording
  • The Critical Legality of Racism: America’s Obsession with Stop-and-Frisk & Chokehold Laws: View the recording
  • Race Thinking In/As Health: Canada’s Historical Geographies For and Beyond COVID-19: View the recording

Daniel Heath Justice interviews Eternity Martis about her book They Said This Would Be Fun: Race, Campus Life and Growing Up. Martis' work provides a clear-eyed, powerful depiction of racism on Canadian campuses, opening up a timely dialogue on what it means to be an IBPOC individual in academia. Hosted by Minelle Mahtani, UBC's senior advisor to the provost on racialized faculty.

View the recording

As IBPOC communities experience stress, anxieties and structural disadvantages during these unprecedented times, it is important to acknowledge that the weight we carry is amplified due to who we are, our role and representation in our societies. What does radical self-care and solidarity look like in this context and how can we engage in meaningful conversations when so many of us are in survival mode? This session focused on IBPOC specific experiences as related to well-being, the challenges we face and explore opportunities to engage with in order to maintain a holistic sense of well-being through self-care and collective action.


Speakout ED Talks
A webinar series that features speakers and artists on a range of topics that grapple with our new realities.

Storytelling for Change
A weekly online learning service where you can meet the storytellers on the front lines of making moving art, learn skills around how to cope as a storyteller in today’s climate, be inspired, and participate in challenges.

Ncore Self-care Webinar Series
A series of free webinars about self-care, building community, and staying engaged during the COVID-19 crisis.

Interview with: Robin Wal Kimmerer – How the pandemic will increase human compassion for the natural world, The Guardian, May 23, 2020

Coronavirus is not the great equalizer – race matters - The Conversation, April 6, 2020
Educational article from The Conversation on how COVID-19 disproportionally affects marginalized communities, this is US based resource article.

Blog: COVID-19 Has Changed Everything - Othering & Belonging Institute, UC Berkeley, April 8, 2020
Berkley Blog article that addresses the complicated realities of how “COVID is just unmasking the deep disinvestment in our communities, the historical injustices and the impact of residential segregation.”

How to Respond to Coronavirus Racism - Tolerance.org, March 20, 2020
As COVID-19 infections increase, so too does racism and xenophobia. Use our “Speak Up” strategies to let people know you’re not OK with racist or xenophobic comments about coronavirus or anything else.

COVID-19: Using a Racial Justice Lens Now to Transform our Future - NPQ, March 30, 2020
An in-depth article on how to go about grant giving through a racial justice lens during and after COVID-19.

Coronavirus: Wisdom from a Social Justice Lens - irresistable.org, March 10, 2020
Podcast episode from the “wisdom and life experiences of people who live with chronic illnesses and disability".

IBPOC Podcasts
Resource list of decolonial/futures/BIPOC storytelling podcasts from 4Rs.

POC Online Classroom
A curated site of resources by and for people of color:
“Through resources, syllabi and zines, we hope to amplify the voices of marginalized communities, educate others and ourselves on critical social justice issues, empower marginalized peoples, and incite change”

16 Tools To Ease the Transition to Remote Work for Indigenous Organizations - Animikii: Indigenous Innovation, March 25, 2020
A resource list for indigenous organizations transitioning to remote work

During the coronavirus, academics have found themselves in a crisis of their work - Macleans, April 15, 2020
“Rinaldo Walcott: After decades of pushback, the move to online teaching has been swift. It's time for academics in the humanities and social sciences to step out of the virtual classroom and into the community.”

Anti-Asian Racism and Covid-19 - Colorado Arts and Sciences Magazine, April 8, 2020
This outline of anti-Asian racism is adapted from a slide deck that was developed to help educate people about anti-Asian racism that has emerged in the wake of the COVID-19 global pandemic.

COVID-19 Anti-Asian Racism in Canada – An Infographic, Vancouver Asian Film Festival

Fostering a Sense of Belonging in Times of Crisis and Challenge – A handbook, University of Guelph, Spring 2020

Ebru’s Pandemic Reading List: Health/Care and Social Justice
A compiled reading list by Graphic Medicine International Collective.

Coronavirus disease (COVID 19) | Healthlink BC
Resources in several languages including English, (traditional) Chinese, Farsi, Hindi, Korean, Punjabi, and Vietnamese.

UBC Digital Emergency Medicine I COVID-19 Multilingual Resources
A page consolidating information around COVID-19 in multiple languages including English, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), Punjabi, Hindi, Farsi, Korean, and Italian.

COVID-19: First Nations Community Guide on Accessing Additional Supports
A government of Canada page created by Indigenous Services Canada with governmental resource links.

Connected in Colour: Online Support Group for BIPOC
A weekly online support group for Black, Indigenous, People of colour who self-identify as cis/trans women, trans men, Two-Spirit, non-binary and gender non-conforming, intended for folks to check in with their mental health, share feelings and experiences including grief and anger, and come together in community.

Just Davia
Resources, blogs, and podcasts to support women in wellness.

Therapy For Black Girls
Often the stigma surrounding mental health issues and therapy prevents Black women from taking the step of seeing a therapist. This space was developed to present mental health topics in a way that feels more accessible and relevant.

Depressed While Black
Interviews, community engagement, and podcasts from a writer and mental health advocate.

The Focus On You
Self-care, mental health and inspirational articles written by a Latina Therapist.

Netflix Party
Use this Chrome app extension to watch Netflix together with other people online.

Bunch (Party App)
Bunch is a party app available for Apple and Android phones. It allows you to play multiple different games while video calling with people on your phone.

List of Game Apps
Social games to play with friends while on your phone, a resource list by Refinery29

Care in the Academy (in Times of a Pandemic) - April 15, 2020
Article addressing academic care and self-care during Covid-19.

Rest for Resistance
Rest for Resistance is a healing space meant to support the mental well-being of queer and trans people of color as well as other stigmatized groups.

What Are We Talking About When We Talk About ‘Care’?Hook & Eye, April 16, 2020
A theoretical post that addresses some important nuances of self-care.

Stop Breathe and Think (wellness App)
Available on iTunes and Google Play, this app works to benefit people seeking some stress relief, whether COVID-19 related or not. Featuring a daily check-in to get a gauge on your stress level and how you’re feeling physically, you can also go straight to selecting a variety of exercises such as ambient music. Kids version also available.
*If you are interested in this app, IBPOC Connections will cover the cost for a 6-month period. Please reach out to Elydah Joyce: elydah@mail.ubc.ca

Liberate (wellness App)
A meditation app, by and for the Black & African Diaspora

IBPOC Wellness Meditation
Breathing & Wellness Exercise lead by Sashah Rahemtuilla

Why I Can't Hold Space for You Anymore
A poetry blog/post on Decolonial futures.

COVID-19 Mutual Aid Fund for LGBTQI+ BIPOC Folks
Amita Swadhin launched this fund on March 14, 2020 and has since invited their trusted comrades Treva Ellison, Natalie Havlin, Carrie Hawks, Ren-yo Hwang, and Alisa Zipursky to help manage the financial records and design and manage the process of fund distribution.

COVID19 Resources for Indigenous Peoples
An extensive list of resources and webinars for Indigenous people, created by the Indigenous Climate Action

Indigenous Music Playlist on Spotify
A personally curated music list by Nadya Kwandibens

The Quarantine Files: Thinkers in Self-Isolation
A collection of small essays from current thinkers on the Covid-19 isolation process.


  • Ainsley Carry - Vice President, Students
  • Elsie Achugbue – Director, Institutional Initiatives, Equity & Inclusion Office
  • Pooja Khandelwal – Director, Career Retention, Navigation & Transition, Human Resources
  • Sheryl Lightfoot - Senior Advisor to the President on Indigenous Affairs
  • Minelle Mahtani - Senior Advisor to the Provost on Racialized Faculty
  • Maryam Nabavi - Strategist, Equity & Inclusion Office
  • Shirley Nakata - Ombudsperson for Students, Office of the Ombudsperson for Students
  • Roshni Narain - Director, Human Rights, Equity & Inclusion Office
  • Joenita Paulrajan - Program Leader, Extended Learning
  • Amy Perreault - Senior Strategist, Indigenous Initiatives, CTLT
  • Handel Kashope Wright - Professor, Educational Studies
  • Henry Yu - Principal, St. John’s College


To work in collaboration to advance the recognition, respect and representation of staff and faculty who self-identify as Indigenous, Black or People of Colour at UBC, in service of:

  • Enhancing sense of belonging and overall well-being;
  • Improving recruitment, retention and professional advancement opportunities;
  • Advancing the institution’s strategic commitment to Inclusive Excellence.


In service to strengthening UBC’s strategic commitments to fostering a thriving, global community and creating and sustaining equitable and inclusive campuses, IBPOC Connections is committed to affirming and advancing a collective agenda of IBPOC staff and faculty, as   characterized by three key domains: (1) Community Building, (2) Institutional Leadership Development; and (3) Individual Capacity Building.

Drawing on a Collective Impact framework of coordinating mutually reinforcing activities, continuous communication and backbone support, IBPOC Connections works to expand access to and opportunities for IBPOC voices and experiences to shape university systems, structures and processes.

Stay Connected

Looking to keep up to date with IBPOC Connections opportunities? Sign-up our listserv.

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