The Asian Library hosted its first virtual Diwali or Deepavali celebrations on Thursday, November 12 and it also marked the beginning of celebrating Asian Library’s 60th anniversary. Event attendees enjoyed a variety of folk dances, poems, songs, learned about the traditions surrounding Diwali, and also learned about the history of the Asian Library.

Sarbjit Randhawa, South Asian and Himalayan Studies Librarian, would like to thank Surrey India Arts Club, Shan-E-Punjab Arts Academy, Raghavendra Rao K.V., Taranjeet Kaur Dhaliwal, Taranjit Singh Dhillon and Phoebe Chow for their impressive performances and presentations. She also expressed a special thanks to Dr. Anne Murphy for her continued support to the Asian Library. Prof. Murphy is an Associate Prof. at the Asian Studies and Lead, Interdisciplinary Histories Research Cluster, UBC.

 

Hate crimes, violence, transphobia: painful subjects that must be acknowledged and addressed by the academic community in order to honor victims, and support and empower transgender people in our community. Established in 1999, Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) aims to “honour those who have been lost to or suffered violence as a result of transphobia, as well as recognize the ongoing violence and oppression that trans people continue to face.” (UBC, 2020).

Unfortunately, many people not only face transphobia, but are also marginalized because of their race, socioeconomic status, faith, health, in what is known as Intersectionality, a concept largely studied by scholars on Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice. One of the main works on the theme, written by Patricia Hill Collins and Sirma Bilge is available as an e-book at UBC Library.

To honor and amplify the voices of trans people, we would like to point you to some UBC Library resources about or by them.

Dow - book coverMichele Dow just published Transgender educators: Understanding marginalization through an intersectional lens.

One of the aspects highlighted by the author is the importance of representation: “For young people understanding their gender identity, they may read about the lives of transgender people and in some cases feel enormous support from their cisgender teachers and administrators, but there is nothing quite like the moment when they actually see a person like themselves standing in front of the classroom.” (Dow, 2020, p. 11)

 

Stryker - book cover

If you want to learn more, Susan Stryker’s Transgender history is another great resource.

Besides the historical analysis, the author also curated and made available a list of non-fiction and fiction books, documentaries, films and websites.

 

 

a fantastic woman posterUna Mujer Fantástica [A Fantastic Woman], a Chilean production was one of the most recent films to gain attention from the public.

The movie tells the story of Marina, a trans woman, and her fight for her rights after the passing of her partner, Orlando.

 

 

Green - cover

In Becoming a Visible Man, Jamison Green wrote his auto-biography while approaching important aspects and problems related to transgender and transsexual people.

 

 

 

Emezi - coverAnother acclaimed autobiography is Freshwater , by Akwaeke Emezi. Following the novel format, Akwaeke “explores the metaphysics of identity and being, plunging the reader into the mysteries of self”. (“Freshwater”, n.d.).

You can get this book by using our Materials Pick-Up Services.

 

 

Shraya - cover

Vivek Shrarya is a celebrated Canadian artist who works using her words as text, music, theatre, film.

Her best-selling book, I’m Afraid of Men is currently available in print at UBC-Okanagan, but you can find other works by the author at UBC – Vancouver and online!

You can get Even this page is white! using our Materials Pick-Up Service, or read a digital copy of The subtweet: a novel.

 

Besides the resources available at UBC, you can also check out resources at your local public library! Many Public libraries curate book lists for topics, like the one created by King County Library System (Washington – USA) for TDoR! If you’re in Vancouver, librarians at Vancouver Public Library (VPL) tailored a list of Transgender Non-fiction books.

Want to take action? If you are a trans UBC student, staff or faculty looking for support, or if you want to learn more about becoming an ally, UBC has some helpful resources available for the community!

UBC Equity & Inclusion Office promotes the Positive Space Campaign, that fosters “a welcoming and inclusive environment, respectful dialogue on campus for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities by identifying spaces where sexual and gender diversity is supported and valued.” (n. d.).

UBC Student Services designed a page to support trans and gender diversity on Campus.

Out on the Shelves is Vancouver’s oldest LGBT2QIA+ Library. Located at the Nest, the library is a safe space ran by volunteers.

REFERENCES

Dow, M. (2020). Transgender educators: Understanding marginalization through an intersectional lens. Lanham: Lexington Books.

Freshwater. (n. d.). Akwaeke Emezi. Retrieved November 22, 2020 from https://www.akwaeke.com/freshwater

UBC. (2020, November).Transgender Day of Remembrance at UBC. UBC Events. Retrieved November 22, 2020 from https://events.ubc.ca/transgender-day-of-remembrance-at-ubc/

UBC Equity & Inclusion Office. (n. d.). Positive Space Campaign. Retrieved November 22m 2020 from https://equity.ubc.ca/resources/positive-space/

Featured image:

Balk, L. (2020). Transgender Flag 2 [Digital Image]. Unsplash. https://unsplash.com/photos/aSNHfvzHTkI

Change. Extreme. Fortitude. Transformation. Unpredictable. These are some of the words predicted by the creatives at Thoughtmatter to describe 2020 – back in December 2019! 

With all the changes that have happened this year, including for many of us the shift to a fully remote working model, countless small businesses have felt the consequences of COVID-19. Here at SBA, we’ve been working hard to ensure that our BC entrepreneurs and small business owners have access to credible market research information to inform their important business decisions. We’ve updated our Industry Guides, added local organizations to our BC Business Support Directory, and shared quality events and news via Twitter.

To finish this year strong we have curated a round-up of upcoming free events and webinars so we can learn to adapt to these unprecedented times together.


November 2020

BDO Rethink Virtual Conference

Host: BDO

Date: November 24 (Virtual)

Cost: Free

Register

Summary: Learn how to build resiliency through digital transformation during COVID-19. Geared toward professionals across a range of industries, there will be keynote presentations, fireside chats, and breakout rooms.


Market Research 1: Find Business Data and Insights

Host: Small Business BC

Date: November 25 (Virtual)

Cost: Free

Register

Summary: Join Market Research Analyst Mark Eversfield to navigate the world of market research and learn how secondary data can inform key business decisions.


Personal Branding Webinar

Host: Women’s Enterprise Centre

Date: November 26 (Virtual)

Cost: Free

Register

Summary: Branding is a key component of any business and it is also essential for individuals. Learn how to leverage digital platforms like social media to communicate your personal and professional brand.


Cybersecurity Advice to Protect Your Business

Host: Small Business BC

Date: November 30 (Virtual)

Cost: Free

Register

Summary: Digital security is an essential part of protecting small businesses from various types of threats. Learn actionable steps to mitigate cybersecurity risks from Sukhmani Dev, Head of Digital Payments & Cybersecurity Solutions for Mastercard Canada.

December 2020

BC Buy Local Week

Host: BC Buy Local

Date: November 30 - December 6

Cost: Free

Campaign information

Summary: Join BC Buy Local’s annual celebration to support local businesses and keep money circulating in the BC economy.


Celebrating Indigenous Small Business Forum

Host: Business Link

Date: December 2 (Virtual)

Cost: Free

Register

Summary: This full-day forum supports Indigenous entrepreneurs and small business owners by providing tools, resources, and guidance to start and grow a small business.


Energy, Empathy and Diversity: How We Can All Contribute to an Inclusive Workplace

Host: BC Tech Association

Date: December 3 (Virtual)

Cost: Free

Register

Summary: Join Marco Pasqua to discover how changing our attitudes, physical environment, and interactions with others can have a lasting impact on promoting inclusive workspaces.


Fostering a Culturally Safe Workplace

Host: Community Futures Central Kootenay

Date: December 7 (Virtual) 

Cost: Free

Register

Summary: Learn how to foster a workplace culture of inclusion and acceptance with instructor Carolyn Amantea.


'Tis the Season to Monitor your Mental Health

Host: Ocean Startup Project

Date: December 8 (Virtual)

Cost: Free

Register

Summary: Join this panel of innovative founders to talk about mental health in the startup world.


Go Digital! Strategies for Investing in Your Online Presence on Any Budget

Host: Invest Ottawa Education Centre

Date: December 8 (Virtual)

Cost: Free

Register

Summary: This panel discussion will take a look at businesses' online presence, delivering value in a digital economy and finding the needs of your customers. 


Digital Marketing in 2021

Host: Community Futures North Okanagan

Date: December 10 (Virtual)

Cost: Free

Register

Summary: This webinar will provide tips for crafting a compelling business story using digital marketing tools and tactics.


COVID-19 Government Measures for Business and Individuals

Host: Greater Vancouver Board of Trade

Date: December 11 (Virtual)

Cost: Free for members, $30 for non-members

Register 

Summary: Join our panellists as they break down how you can utilize federal government funding programs to keep your business running and find success as we move forward.


Please note, event details have been taken from host descriptions and are subject to change. We will continue to update this post with events as they come up.

Image credits:

Image from Tim Mossholder used under Unsplash License

Events

Change. Extreme. Fortitude. Transformation. Unpredictable. These are some of the words predicted by the creatives at Thoughtmatter to describe 2020 – back in December 2019! 

With all the changes that have happened this year, including for many of us the shift to a fully remote working model, countless small businesses have felt the consequences of COVID-19. Here at SBA, we’ve been working hard to ensure that our BC entrepreneurs and small business owners have access to credible market research information to inform their important business decisions. We’ve updated our Industry Guides, added local organizations to our BC Business Support Directory, and shared quality events and news via Twitter.

To finish this year strong we have curated a round-up of upcoming free events and webinars so we can learn to adapt to these unprecedented times together.


November 2020

BDO Rethink Virtual Conference

Host: BDO

Date: November 24 (Virtual)

Cost: Free

Register

Summary: Learn how to build resiliency through digital transformation during COVID-19. Geared toward professionals across a range of industries, there will be keynote presentations, fireside chats, and breakout rooms.


Market Research 1: Find Business Data and Insights

Host: Small Business BC

Date: November 25 (Virtual)

Cost: Free

Register

Summary: Join Market Research Analyst Mark Eversfield to navigate the world of market research and learn how secondary data can inform key business decisions.


Personal Branding Webinar

Host: Women’s Enterprise Centre

Date: November 26 (Virtual)

Cost: Free

Register

Summary: Branding is a key component of any business and it is also essential for individuals. Learn how to leverage digital platforms like social media to communicate your personal and professional brand.


Cybersecurity Advice to Protect Your Business

Host: Small Business BC

Date: November 30 (Virtual)

Cost: Free

Register

Summary: Digital security is an essential part of protecting small businesses from various types of threats. Learn actionable steps to mitigate cybersecurity risks from Sukhmani Dev, Head of Digital Payments & Cybersecurity Solutions for Mastercard Canada.

December 2020

BC Buy Local Week

Host: BC Buy Local

Date: November 30 - December 6

Cost: Free

Campaign information

Summary: Join BC Buy Local’s annual celebration to support local businesses and keep money circulating in the BC economy.


Celebrating Indigenous Small Business Forum

Host: Business Link

Date: December 2 (Virtual)

Cost: Free

Register

Summary: This full-day forum supports Indigenous entrepreneurs and small business owners by providing tools, resources, and guidance to start and grow a small business.


Energy, Empathy and Diversity: How We Can All Contribute to an Inclusive Workplace

Host: BC Tech Association

Date: December 3 (Virtual)

Cost: Free

Register

Summary: Join Marco Pasqua to discover how changing our attitudes, physical environment, and interactions with others can have a lasting impact on promoting inclusive workspaces.


Fostering a Culturally Safe Workplace

Host: Community Futures Central Kootenay

Date: December 7 (Virtual) 

Cost: Free

Register

Summary: Learn how to foster a workplace culture of inclusion and acceptance with instructor Carolyn Amantea.


'Tis the Season to Monitor your Mental Health

Host: Ocean Startup Project

Date: December 8 (Virtual)

Cost: Free

Register

Summary: Join this panel of innovative founders to talk about mental health in the startup world.


Go Digital! Strategies for Investing in Your Online Presence on Any Budget

Host: Invest Ottawa Education Centre

Date: December 8 (Virtual)

Cost: Free

Register

Summary: This panel discussion will take a look at businesses' online presence, delivering value in a digital economy and finding the needs of your customers. 


Digital Marketing in 2021

Host: Community Futures North Okanagan

Date: December 10 (Virtual)

Cost: Free

Register

Summary: This webinar will provide tips for crafting a compelling business story using digital marketing tools and tactics.


COVID-19 Government Measures for Business and Individuals

Host: Greater Vancouver Board of Trade

Date: December 11 (Virtual)

Cost: Free for members, $30 for non-members

Register 

Summary: Join our panellists as they break down how you can utilize federal government funding programs to keep your business running and find success as we move forward.


Please note, event details have been taken from host descriptions and are subject to change. We will continue to update this post with events as they come up.

Image credits:

Image from Tim Mossholder used under Unsplash License

Events

a place of mind, The University of British Columbia

UBC Library

Info:

604.822.6375

Renewals: 

604.822.3115
604.822.2883
250.807.9107

Emergency Procedures | Accessibility | Contact UBC | © Copyright The University of British Columbia

Spam prevention powered by Akismet