Past Program (2018)

Schedule of Events

Monday, March 19, 2018 | Tuesday, March 20, 2018 | Wednesday, March 21, 2018 | Thursday, March 22, 2018 | Friday, March 23, 2018

Monday, March 19, 2018: Listen

Workshop - Let's talk about gender diversity!

Diverse gender expression and exploration are valuable elements of our ever-evolving communities. It is important for communities (academic and beyond) to understand, embrace, and adapt to these cultural shifts and to keep up with human rights progress. Kingsley Strudwick will introduce a framework for understanding gender beyond the binary, offer examples of gender-affirming practices, and explore strategies for applying these learnings on a personal, relational, and systemic level.

Facilitator: Kingsley Strudwick, Ambit Gender Diversity Consulting

March 19, 2018, 9 - 11 a.m.
Continuing Studies Building room 280

Public event

Art - Diversity and inclusion handprint canvas

Continuing Studies staff, students, instructors, and any interested campus partners or community members are invited to add their painted handprints to a large canvas. The writing on the top of the canvas will indicate that anyone leaving a print will be doing so under the pledge to embrace diversity and encourage inclusion. We will then have the canvas framed and hung in the atrium. There will be information on display in the atrium on practical ways to embrace diversity and inclusion in a workplace or throughout the community as well.

March 19, 2018, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Continuing Studies atrium

Public event

Lunch and learn - How to hire the best candidate

We all want to hire well. Finding the best candidate can invigorate our workplaces and enhance the work in our units. Unfortunately, our hiring habits—practices and ideas that we don’t question—are sometimes a barrier to finding the best person. Learn more about using fair hiring tools like bias identification, criteria integration and process management to help your portfolio hire better.

March 19, 2018, 12 - 1 p.m.
Michael Williams Building room 120 (lobby boardroom)

Departmental event only

Performance - Inclusion and belonging: finding a sense of place in a diverse workplace

Is Canada as friendly as it says it is? What can a new immigrant to Canada expect as they enter the job market? How detrimental is a language barrier? What should one know about Canada before they arrive? UVic Applied Theatre students created this performance, to animate the joys and challenges of the lives of immigrant employees. Their stories capture the realities of working and living in a foreign environment where linguistic and intercultural differences can be a daily source of amusement and frustration. After the short performance, the audience will delve deeper into this topic through a facilitated dialogue.

Director: Dr. Kristen Sadeghi-Yekta
Sponsors: IESN group and EQHR

March 19, 2018, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Continuing Studies Building room 280

Public event

Workshop - Engaging racism and its corollaries: a courageous conversation

The current waves of racist, anti-Semitic, Islamophobic, transphobic, and White Supremacist rhetorical social media and posters directed towards minorities and Aboriginal people, have mobilized many campus stakeholders calling for bold steps to root out racism and all forms of discrimination, which cut across all demographics. This interactive and practical workshop provides a space to engage in courageous conversations about racism, its corollaries, and re-affirm our ‘social responsibility and ethical commitment’ as bystanders and allies. Our goal is to walk away with some skills in contributing to anti-racist and anti-oppressive campus.

Facilitators: Moussa Magassa and Steve Baileys, ICA

March 19, 2018,  1:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Continuing Studies Building room 280

Public event

Workshop - Adventures in neurodiversity

An immersive, participatory drama workshop that explores the world through the lens of neurodiversity. A valuable experience for anyone who works with individuals with learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, and other neurodiverse conditions.

Facilitator: Nancy Curry

March 19, 2018, 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
MacLaurin Building room D115

Public event

Film - I Am Not Your Negro

In one of the most courageous and assertive documentaries of the year, Raoul Peck picks up on an unfinished manuscript by James Baldwin to examine the issue of race in America through the (too-short) lives of Martin Luther King, Medgar Evers, and Malcolm X. Connecting these martyrs of the Civil Rights movement with Black Lives Matter, Peck has produced a searing work that cuts to the very heart of American identity. –Vancouver International Film Festival

More information

March 19, 2018, 7 p.m. 9 p.m.
Cinecenta (SUB)

Tuesday, March 20, 2018: Reflect

Workshop - Shifting the narrative: how to prevent and respond to sexualized violence on campus

This workshop will focus on unpacking the term sexualized violence, and how prevention work begins by addressing the attitudes and beliefs that give rise to various forms of sexualized violence. The workshop will also provide a primer on UVic’s principles and processes for addressing sexualized violence when it occurs as well as tips on how to receive disclosures and support survivors. There will be a focus at the end of the workshop on how to have those difficult conversations with people who engage in harmful attitudes, beliefs, and behaviours.

Facilitator: Leah Shumka

March 20, 2018, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Cadboro Commons Arbutus Room

Workshop - Creating spaces: challenging privilege, power, and oppression

Do you ever wonder if your actions and language are as inclusive as they could be? Do you feel frustrated about so much talk about “diversity” without enough action to support it? Do you want to build better connections with other people and groups working and studying on campus? The Creating Spaces workshop is part of a campus-wide campaign that promote anti-oppressive practices, respect for human rights, awareness of power, powerlessness and our own multiple social locations. You will be encouraged to deconstruct “normal” and to focus on building connections and equitable relationships.

Facilitator: Moussa Magassa

March 20, 2018, 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Cadboro Commons Arbutus Room

Public event

Book fair - Transforming Stories: A Gender Diversity

The Faculty of Education's Diversity and Belonging committee is hosting an event in the curriculum library: Transforming Stories: A Gender Diversity Book Fair. This event focuses on profiling the purchase of a variety of educational resources devoted to the topic of gender diversity, gender expression and gender identity. We’ve broadened the focus of our event to embrace the 5 Days of Action, and have identified five themes including social justice, gender justice, truth & reconciliation, human rights, children’s rights, and environmental sustainability: each of these themes are included in an expanded resource display.

There are several other parts of this event including: the creation of Commitment Quilt that will allows members of the university community to visually present a personal commitment to action that will become a display in the main entry to the MacLaurin Building. We are also hosting two visiting authors, Sara Cassidy, author of A boy named Queen and Robin Stevenson, author of Pride: Celebrating Diversity and Community. Finally, we are also hosting a mini-workshop that explores gender diversity and actions to support building safer spaces.

The book displays will be available for viewing throughout the month of March.

March 20, 2018, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Curriculum Library, MacLaurin Building room D201

Public event

Workshop - Steps toward inclusion: a panel interview

The BC Initiative for Inclusive Post-Secondary Education (STEPS Forward) is a family driven non-profit organization founded to ensure that people with developmental disabilities are included in both academic and social life at the colleges and universities of British Columbia. The University of Victoria has been in partnership with STEPS-Forward, the BC initiative for inclusive Post-Secondary Education, since 2004. Join us for a panel interview, led by two STEPS-Forward inclusion facilitators, to hear from faculty, parents and UVic staff who have been actively broadening diversity on campus through the inclusive post-secondary education initiative. The experience of panelists will demonstrate how this initiative ensures truly equitable access to Post-Secondary experiences, where young adults with developmental disabilities, can learn and work alongside their peers. Come learn how inclusion of these students on campus challenges our assumptions of disability and human potential, and in doing so, paves the way for young people with developmental disabilities to pursue a career in their chosen field of study, build lasting friendships, and make meaningful contributions to their community.

Facilitators: Carmen Lee, STEPS-Forward Senior Facilitator, and Emily Evans, STEPS-Forward Facilitator

March 20, 2018, 12 - 1 p.m.
MacLaurin Building room D111

Public event

Workshop - Diversity and inclusion

Have you ever encountered a culturally confusing situation where you did not know how to behave appropriately?

A person who embraces diversity appreciates the value gained from intercultural encounters, and makes an effort to engage effectively with people from different cultures. These include ethnic culture, professional culture, organizational culture, generational culture, religious culture, political culture, national culture and even regional cultures within a country. Gender, sexual orientation and diverse ability levels also constitute unique cultures within this context.

This workshop will highlight various dimensions of culture to help you understand your own cultural values that are influencing your behavior, perceptions and assumptions. Followed by cultural values comparison activities, peer discussions will be held on how to effectively work together with people with a different set to values.

Using the Cultural Intelligence (CQ) framework, participants will then examine their own level of intercultural competencies and explore ways to enhance each intercultural competency. This workshop will then take further steps to examine the meaning of “inclusion” by reviewing case studies and discuss what kind of role we play in our society. At the end of the workshop, participants will develop an action plan that will embrace diversity awareness and promote inclusion in the society.

Sponsor: International Co-op Program and Career Services

March 20, 2018, 4:30 - 6:20 p.m.
Business and Ecomonics Building room 402

Public event—open to all UVic students

Film - A Better Man

On a night 22 years ago, 18-year-old Attiya Khan ran through the streets, frightened for her life. She was fleeing her ex-boyfriend Steve, who’d been abusing her on a daily basis. Now, all these years later, Attiya has asked Steve to meet. She wants to know if he is willing to take responsibility for his violent actions.

More information

March 20, 2018, 7:00 p.m. & 8:45 p.m.
Cinecenta (SUB)

Public event

Wednesday, March 21, 2018: Dialogue

March 21 is International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Workshop - Let's talk about gender diversity!

Diverse gender expression and exploration are valuable elements of our ever-evolving communities. It is important for communities (academic and beyond) to understand, embrace, and adapt to these cultural shifts and to keep up with human rights progress. Kingsley Strudwick will introduce a framework for understanding gender beyond the binary, offer examples of gender-affirming practices, and explore strategies for applying these learnings on a personal, relational, and systemic level.

Facilitator: Kingsley Strudwick, Ambit Gender Diversity Consulting

March 21, 2018, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Cadboro Commons Arbutus room

Public event

Speakers - How religion can contribute to human rights and social justice

We will reflect on how religion can contribute to human rights and social justice; and also engage the different Multifaith groups on campus on how their faith contribute to promote and foster respect, equity, diversity, inclusion and human rights.

Speakers: Professor Catherine Morris, UVic Law Faculty, and Nour-Eddine Maghnaoui, MA Candidate, Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice, U of Manitoba, and Dr. Charlotte Schallie, Associate Professor, Holocaust education specialist, UVic Germanic and Slavic Studies

March 21, 2018, 1:00 - 4:30 p.m.
  1:00 - presentation
  1:30 - Multifaith Bingo
University Centre

Public event

Workshop - Consent in the theatre; making dramatic changes

At first glance, consent seems pretty straight-forward. You ask permission before you do something with or to somebody, and you don't do it if you don't have permission. But what happens when you work in a field where your job may depend on acting intimate with someone on stage? How can consent be brought into the rehearsal hall, the audition room, the fitting room, and onstage? Is breaching someone's consent okay if it results in more impactful art? This is an interactive drama workshop that explores the challenges involved in engaging in consent culture in a theatre environment and seeks to spark meaningful conversations about how theatre practitioners can create positive change in the industry. The recent wave of voices from the film and theatre industries has told us we need to change. We owe it to those voices to figure out how.

Facilitator: Lauren Frost

March 21, 2018, 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Cadboro Commons Arbutus room

Public event

Workshop - Caring for each other: building cultures of care in activism

What is care? How does it show up in our lives and community? How can we integrate care into activism? In this two part workshop we will explore these questions, talk about some of our flails and fails, and the systems they uphold. We will do this by leaning into the possibilities of disposability, self-implication, and care for our individual and collective nervous systems.

Facilitator: captain Snowdon, and Meg Neufeld, Anti-Violence Project Education Coordinator

March 21, 2018, 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Cadboro Commons Arbutus room

Public event

Film - A Fantastic Woman

A young transgender woman who works as a singer and waitress in Santiago, Chile, Marina Vidal (fiercely and sympathetically embodied by Daniela Vega) has just watched her lover succumb to an aneurysm.

More information

March 21, 2018, 7:00 p.m. 9:10 p.m.
Cinecenta (SUB)

Public event

Thursday, March 22, 2018: Engage

Networking: How many ways to say hello

You have heard of speed dating, but have you also heard about speed friendship? You will leave this networking event with the biggest smile ever, and a warm feeling of connectivity with others like-minded people you will from now on call friends and acquaintances.

Facilitators: Human Rights Education Volunteers (HREV)

March 22, 2018, 3 - 4 p.m.
Cadboro Commons Arbutus room

Public event

Workshop - Let's talk about gender diversity!

Diverse gender expression and exploration are valuable elements of our ever-evolving communities. It is important for communities (academic and beyond) to understand, embrace, and adapt to these cultural shifts and to keep up with human rights progress. Kingsley Strudwick will introduce a framework for understanding gender beyond the binary, offer examples of gender-affirming practices, and explore strategies for applying these learnings on a personal, relational, and systemic level.

Facilitator: Kingsley Strudwick, Ambit Gender Diversity Consulting

March 22, 2018, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Cadboro Commons Arbutus room

Public event

Workshop - Re-framing justice

Feeling overwhelmed in the aftermath of the Stanley and Fontaine trials? Wondering how Justice could be re-framed? Join us in this hands-on workshop, exploring ways to participate in re-framing justice by drawing Canadian Criminal Law into engagement with Indigenous Legal Orders.

Participants will come away with a copy of the graphic novel, Mikamosis and the Wetiko, an introduction to learning from Indigenous legal orders, and some concrete ideas about actions they can take in their own lives to answer the TRC's Calls to Action. Food will be served.

Facilitators: Rebecca Johnson, Gillian Calder, and Veronica Martisius

March 22, 2018, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
First People's House—Ceremonial Hall

Public event

Curator's talk - The Museum of Trans Hirstory and Art (MOTHA)

In this talk MOTHA Executive Director, Chris E. Vargas will introduce the past and future plans and programs for this "forever under construction" institution. Vargas will also talk specifically about the museum's on-going exhibition and book project Trans Hirstory in 99 Objects which is a creative and critical exploration of transgender archives and collections.

Guest curated by Chris E. Vargas, Executive Director of the Museum of Transgender Hirstory & Art (MOTHA)

March 22, 2018, 3 p.m.
Legacy Downtown, 630 Yates St.

Free public event

Performance - In the footsteps of our Immigrants: "Walking the journeys of arriving, belonging and becoming"

This theatre play explores newcomers, immigrants and refugees’ narratives of relocation, resilience, settlement, and integration. The play involves actors and youth from various ethnic and culturally diverse backgrounds who will share their stories of their lived and living experiences in the worlds of immigration, migration and settlement. It also involves a "talk back" session, after the play, to engage the audience in interactive theatre dialogue.

Director: Taiwo Afolabi

March 22, 2018, 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Cadboro Commons Arbutus room

Public event

Film - A Fantastic Woman

A young transgender woman who works as a singer and waitress in Santiago, Chile, Marina Vidal (fiercely and sympathetically embodied by Daniela Vega) has just watched her lover succumb to an aneurysm.

More information

March 22, 2018, 7:00 p.m. 9:10 p.m.
Cinecenta (SUB)

Public event

Friday, March 23, 2018: Show solidarity

Performance - "Are We Clear?" Talking about invisible disabilities and stereotypes

It's not as simple as you see. The red jelly bean isn't always strawberry. The green one isn’t always apple. The people you see everyday have different stories than yours. Are We Clear? is a devised piece created by UVic theatre students striving to uncover the world of invisible disabilities. The Victoria community has been integral in our devising process, sharing their experiences with us. When you see someone constantly misspelling a word, do you think she’s dumb? Or do you consider that she might have dyslexia? How about when a young man takes the priority seat on a bus, do you see him as disrespectful? Or could he have chronic pain? These are just a couple of examples you could see on a daily basis. Come together with us to reevaluate what it is to be "normal."

Facilitators: Jasmine Li & Bridget Roberts

March 23, 2018, 12 - 1 p.m.
Continuing Studies Building room 280

Public event

Multi-day and departmental events

Conference - Moving Trans History Forward

Join community activists, academic, artists, and allies from around the globe for the third Moving Trans History Forward conference—among the largest of its kind in Canada.

Keynotes include: Isabel Rose, Andrea Jenkins, Kent Monkman

March 22-25, 2018
University of Victoria

Public event

Exhibition - Trans Hirstory in 99 Objects

Trans Hirstory in 99 Objects brings together art and archival material from UVic's world-renowned Transgender Archives to narrate an expansive and critical history of transgender communities. It is the third iteration in a multi-exhibition, multi-venue project organized by Chris E. Vargas, Executive Director of the Museum of Transgender Hirstory & Art (MOTHA)

March 21-23, 2018, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Legacy Downtown, 630 Yates St.

Public event, no registration required

Exhibit: The Canadian Jewish Experience

UVic Libraries is honoured to be hosting the Canadian Jewish Experience: A Tribute to Canada 150 panel exhibit titled “Challenges, Achievements, and Contributions.” UVic is only one of thirteen universities to be hosting this exhibit.

March 12-23, 2018
Mearns Centre for Learning - McPherson Library, main floor

Public event

School of Child and Youth Care

Dialogue - Mobilizing anti-racist and de-colonizing actions for our times

As part of the University of Victoria’s "5 days of Action" and as a way to build on our ongoing efforts to end discrimination, harassment and sexualized violence, the School of Child and Youth Care is hosting a dialogue that is open to all members of our community.

As a way to focus our discussion, please read the two attachments ahead of time and come prepared to discuss and learn with others: Tools of Change and Statement of Solidarity. The following question will guide our dialogue: What action steps can we take in our CYC classrooms, hallways, and practice contexts to enact the commitments outlined in our School’s 2017 Statement of Solidarity.

March 19, 2018, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Human and Social Development Building room B141

Departmental event

Department of Psychology

Create a poster competition for members of the Department of Psychology to reflect on what diversity and inclusion in Psychology means. The winner of the competition will receive a $50 gift card to the bookstore and will have their artwork displayed around the department during the week of March 18th.


The “Unpacking Psychology” group (formerly known as the Psychology of Diversity group) will host an informal gathering (with refreshments) where members of the department can write notes about their own identity that they can post on a paper tree that will then be displayed behind glass in the department. UP! Club will be set up from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (March 20-22, 2018).

Department of Chemistry

Monday, March 19, 2018,12:30-1:30 pm, ELL 228 – implicit bias discussion for graduate students

Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 2:30-3:30 pm, ELL 226 – implicit bias discussion for faculty and staff

Friday, March 23, 2018, 12:30-1:30 pm, ELL 226, 228 and 230 – discussion for undergraduate students on ending discrimination, harassment and sexual violence on campus

Departmental events

Support

There is support available to you. If you feel impacted by the conversations of this week, there are extended drop in support hours at the Anti Violence Project, which is located in the basement of the student union building, B024. More resources are available at AVP On-campus Resources.

AVP drop-in support hours:

Monday, March 19, 2018, noon - 6 pm
Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursday, March 22, 2018, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday, March 23, 2018, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.