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Dr. Jessica Motherwell McFarlane is a professional education consultant on gender, anti-oppression and social justice issues and a research associate at the Justice Institute of British Columbia. She is also the developer and director of the Life Outside the Box program that uses visual narratives as a way to SEE conflict and injustice from new perspectives. Jessica facilitates groups and schools needing to have complex — and sometimes emotionally painful — conversations. She offers workshops to at-risk children, youth, and adults on: Truth and Reconciliation, transforming bullying situations, and rehearsing best practices for self-care, inclusivity, and kindness.

Students’ foodie videos reveal cultural roots

“Spice of Life” video instructions.  To teach peers about students’ and cultural background, they choose one spice (or herb, vegetable, or fruit) and create a 1-minute “foodie” video showing they — or a family member — preparing a dish with their chosen ingredient. But

“Letter to Future Student” — end of term assignment

At the start of my teaching career I noticed that each term I would have to start at zero with my student and build — brick-by-brick — a respectful and nourishing culture-of-learning. By the time the term ended, the students

Learning about diversity can be a struggle

I have learned over the years that some of my most successful teaching moments come after a full term of kind, strong, consistent hard work. Here is an in-depth reflection from a student who struggled in class right up until

Teaching honour and integrity

Inquiry: How can I help law enforcement studies students grow their integrity “muscles” and prepare to work on the honour system that will be required in their future careers? Strategy: LESD/ LAWS1207 Honour-system explained.   In Dr. Ariely’s documentary (on Netflix), he

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Using comics to rehearse best practice.

Inquiry: How do I work around students’ implicit bias and create a learning opportunity for evidence-based discussion of sexism and homophobia? Strategy: I wanted to use students own lived experiences of sexism and/or homophobia. In addition, I wanted the learning process

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Students’ praise for my course “Law enforcement in a diverse society”

Open letters to future Law Enforcement Studies Diploma students. Student reflect on and give high praise for my teaching of Law Enforcement in a Diverse Society course at the JIBC are available at this link: (click here)  


PhD, University of British Columbia I received my Doctorate of Philosophy in Psychology in April 1992. My dissertation was entitled “Premenstrual Syndrome in Context.” My Ph.D. work was completed under the supervision of Dr. Tannis MacBeth. During my PhD program,


Justice Institute of British Columbia Instructional Excellence award, 2016 “… for superior instructional ability and commitment to excellence, exemplifying JIBC values.” Honourable mention for the Marion Porter Prize for the most significant feminist research article published the preceding year in

Clinical Training

Ear acupuncture training   2009 In June, 2009 I trained in the use of NADA acupuncture from the National Acupuncture for Detoxification Association, and the Shen Protocol taught by Dr. W. Walker, TCM. Both protocols are useful in treating trauma

Teaching and Research Experience

Work Experience Jan 2015 to May 2017. Co-Instructor. I taught Multiculturalism, Conflict, and Social Justice, with my co-instructor, Marion Craig, Sgt. Ret’d. This is a fourth year course in the Bachelors of Law Enforcement Studies at the Justice Institute of


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