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January 2023 Newsletter | Office of Respectful Environments, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
REDI January newsletter
Welcome to the January edition of the Office of Respectful Environments, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (REDI) newsletter, our first for 2023. Read below for details about upcoming events, including a panel in honour of Black History Month, as well as highlights from some of our recent events.
Black Lives, Black Voices & Black Identities in the Faculty of Medicine
To commemorate Black History Month and as part of REDI’s commitment to amplify IBPOC voices, we invite you to join our panel on Friday, February 17, 2023 from 12–1:30 pm. This panel will provide a space for an important conversation about the experiences of Black members of the Faculty and the challenges they face to find belonging. Panelists will be invited to reflect on their Black identity and how it has shaped their personal narrative — their education journey, work experiences and sense of belonging. Our discussion recognizes that there is no single 'Black Experience' that can explain identity development for all Black men and women.
My Privilege, My Responsibility: A Higher Calling to do Better in an Era of Truth, Reconciliation & Redress with Sheila North
Join us on Wednesday, February 15, 2023 from 12–1:30 pm for the sixth session of the Indigenous Speaker Series, with Sheila North. Sheila is an activist who has been working tirelessly to bring urgent attention to systemic racism faced by Indigenous women and girls. She is the creator of the widely used hashtag #MMIW, a movement that advocates for the end of violence against First Nations/Indigenous women and girls. This important conversation will bring to light some of the things and actions that we need to think about as we continue to reckon with the many truths and injustices committed against Indigenous — First Nations, Inuit, Métis — girls, women, peoples, and communities.
February is Black History Month. While we should celebrate Black history and excellence every day, this is an opportunity for a focused, intentional and elevated reflection and recognition of Black history and achievement — and the many historical and contemporary contributions of Black Canadians, Black British Columbians and Black students, faculty and staff at UBC. We invite you to engage with these events and programs happening across the university!
The Breaking the Glass Ceiling Project invites women and gender-diverse faculty members to participate in a SIF-funded project that aims to increase gender equity and inclusivity within faculty positions and faculty leadership of the UBC Faculty of Medicine. The study offers options for confidential and/or anonymous participation, including an online open-ended survey or individual/group interview. For further information or to schedule an interview, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the project website.
IBPOC Voices: A Conversation with Dr. Anita Palepu
Watch the recording for a conversation with Dr. Anita Palepu, a professor and Eric W. Hamber Chair in the Department of Medicine and Providence Health Care.
The IBPOC Voices series centers IBPOC experiences and knowledge, and highlights how they navigate the different challenges and how they engage with equity, diversity and inclusion. It is also a space where guests talk about their vision of an equitable and just environment.
It Starts With Us: Contextualizing and Educating about the Holocaust
Watch the recording of this event in commemoration of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The event featured introductory remarks by Executive Director of the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre (VHEC) Nina Krieger, a historical overview by historian Professor Chris Friedrichs and a keynote address by hidden child Holocaust Survivor Dr. Robert Krell.