Rule Out Racism – UBC Okanagan events

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Rule Out Racism is a week-long series of events focused on the need for greater literacy and conversation about race and racism within the UBC and greater community. All events are free and open to the public (unless otherwise noted).

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Rule Out Racism Campaigns

Learn more about the different weeklong campaigns running throughout the week here!

Rule Out Racism 2017 Events – March 20-24, 2017

Examining Whiteness: What’s at stake for Canada?

Live Webcast Event presented by the Equity & Inclusion Office (Vancouver)

With the rise of populism in the US and Europe, the time is right for a frank discussion on the realities of racism and critical reflection on white privilege in Canada. Recent events make it clear that it can and does happen here. Join us for this live webcast event featuring:

  • Malinda Smith (Professor, Faculty of Arts, Department of Political Science, University of Alberta)
  • Linc Kessler (Associate Professor of English and First Nations and Indigenous Studies, Director of First Nations House of Learning, and Senior Advisor to the President on Aboriginal Affairs, University of British Columbia)
  • Handel Wright (Professor; Director of Centre for Culture, Identity & Education, University of British Columbia)
  • Duncan McCue – Moderator (Adjunct Professor, UBC Graduate School of Journalism; Rogers Visiting Journalist, Ryerson School of Journalism)

Date: Monday, March 20, 2017
Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Place: Okanagan Regional Library Great Room – Downtown Kelowna Branch (1380 Ellis St.)

This event is free! Please register through Eventbrite.

Human Library: Read a Living Book

Presented by the Student Library Advisory Council

As part of UBC Okanagan’s Rule out Racism Week 2017, the Student Library Advisory Council is organizing a Human Library on Wednesday, March 22. All students, staff, and faculty, as well as community members, are welcome to attend and participate. A special thank you to UBC Okanagan’s Equity and Inclusion Office for their support for this event through the Equity Enhancement Fund Grant.

A Human Library is an event where real people are on loan to readers who borrow the living books and learn their story. A Human Library is meant to be a space for dialogue and interaction. Visitors to a Human Library are given the opportunity to speak informally with people “on loan” in a safe and respectful environment. The UBC Okanagan Library hosted Human Library events in 2014 and 2016.

Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Time: 10.30am – 12.15pm
Place: Fipke Building Foyer

Learn more here.

Tea Talk: The Politics of Hair

Presented by the Women’s Resource Centre and Dela Hini, UBC Undergraduate Engineering Society

As a part of the Equity and Inclusion Office’s Rule Out Racism week, the Women’s Resource Centre is hosting the second Tea Talk on Politics of Hair. This Tea Talk discusses issues relating to race and gender and how we view these constructions of identity. This talk will be facilitated by Dela Hini, a member of UBC Okanagan’s Engineering Society.

Students, staff, faculty and community members are welcome. Tea and refreshments are provided!

Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Time: 3.00pm – 5.30pm
Place: University Centre 210 (UNC 210 – Aboriginal Centre)

Ripples from Standing Rock: A Teach-In and Panel Discussion on Water Protection and Indigenous Sovereignty

Sponsored by: Okanagan College, UBC Aboriginal Programs and Services, UBC Equity and Inclusion Office, AlterKnowledge Discussion Series, Institute for Community Engaged Research, UBCO Indigenous Students Association

Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Time: 6.00pm – 9.00pm
Place: Okanagan College Theatre, Student Services Building, Room S104, 1000 K.L.O. Road, Kelowna

Community Building Through Understanding Workshop

Facilitated by Jeannine Kuemmerle, Equity & Inclusion Office

In this workshop participants explore their values, identities, and frames of reference as it relates to their roles on campus. The workshop takes an interactive approach to lead participants through self-reflection and self-discovery in how their experiences shape interactions with others at UBC. By building a greater understanding of how values impact leadership, this workshop provides an important opportunity to stop, reflect and commit to building more inclusive and welcoming communities at UBC.

Please register for this FREE workshop:

Date: Thursday, March 23, 2017
Time: 2.30pm – 4.00pm
Place: Arts Building 104 (ART 104)

Food for Thought: Food Insecurity Across Cultures

Presented by the Food Exchange

Come join us for a night to celebrate diversity on campus through cooking a community stir-fry dinner! As part of Rule Out Racism, we invite you to share your thoughts on food insecurity across different cultures. Space for this event is limited, so please register in advance by emailing the Food Exchange: Please note any dietary restrictions. A special thank you to UBC Okanagan’s Equity and Inclusion Office for their support for this event through the Equity Enhancement Fund Grant.

Check out the Food Exchange Facebook page to learn more!

Date: Thursday, March 23, 2017
Time: 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Place: University Centre 210 (UNC 210 – Aboriginal Centre)

Project Aware: Syria – Gala Fundraiser

Presented by Harmony UBCO, African Caribbean Student Club, Arab Intercultural Club, Asian Student Association, and Equity Ambassadors

Details coming soon!

Date: Friday, March 24, 2017
Place: Laurel Packing House, Downtown Kelowna (1304 Ellis Street)

Stories Told, But Unheard: Racial and Cultural Barriers in Settlement and Immigration

AlterKnowledge Discussion Series Event, with support from the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies and the Community, Culture, and Global Studies Unit.

Moving to a new country can be a challenging experience. Some will face culture shock, many will meet foreign credential and employment challenges, and a few may become overwhelmed navigating a new system. Newcomers who are marked as different from the dominant group, in terms of race or culture, also often experience blatant discrimination. Join us in this discussion of often unheard stories about racial and cultural barriers, and how we can move forward to build a community that values equity and inclusion.

In this event, we will view short clips on racial and cultural barriers to integration from a documentary that is currently in production. The video clips will be followed by a panel discussion with Jin Park, president of Okanagan Korean Culture and Knowledge Society, Rahaf Bi, a Syrian newcomer to Kelowna, and Mundia Kabunda, a UBCO student and interviewer in the documentary. The discussion will be moderated by Ismaël Traoré, a producer of the forthcoming documentary.

Date: Friday, March 24, 2017
Time: 7.00pm – 8.30pm
Place: Alternator Gallery – Rotary Centre for the Arts (421 Cawston Ave, Downtown Kelowna)