Rule Out Racism week

You are invited to join the conversation about race and racism at UBC

Rule Out Racism is a week-long series of events organized by the Equity and Inclusion Office focused on the need for greater literacy and conversation about race and racism within the UBC community in the Okanagan and Vancouver.

Held from March 16-20, 2015 with the theme “This is what anti-racism looks like,” it will include a highly provocative program including a panel discussion “The Value of Freedom: Academics VS. Expression” and engaging workshops addressing the need for greater conversation about anti-racism practices, and what can be done concretely to address racism.

Rule Out Racism workshops are free and open to everyone in the UBC community.
Workshops have limited seating so register early at

Feature Event
The Value of Freedom: Academics VS. Expression
Panel Discussion
March 20, 10am-12noon, Sty-Wet-Tan HallFirst Nations Longhouse (Wayfinding at UBC)
Drawing from their own experiences and reflecting upon recent media attention on the topic, faculty will discuss the issues raised when engaging with controversial issues.

Lunch will be served following the panel from 12noon-1pm.
Register for panel discussion

  • Moderator Peter Wanyenya, International Student Advisor, Special Populations
  • Annette Henry – Professor, Faculty of Education – Language & Literacy Education;
  • Kerry Jang – City of Vancouver Councillor and Professor, Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine; and
  • Nitya Iyer – Human rights lawyer and co-author of Implementing Inclusion report
  • Magnolia Pauker – PhD student, Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice

Workshops and film screening
We are offering several workshops and a film screening this year.  Go to for the full workshop line-up. Please note workshops have limited seating – please register early.

Rule Out Racism week is held in recognition of the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on March 21.

We acknowledge that these events will be taking place on the occupied, unceded, traditional, and ancestral territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) nation.

We hope to see you there!

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