Rule Out Racism Week, March 16-20

Join the conversation about race and racism at any of the week-long series of events happening at UBC from March 16-20!

Rule Out Racism is a week-long series of events organized by the Equity and Inclusion Office focused on the need for greater literacy and conversation about race and racism within the UBC community in the Okanagan and Vancouver.

Held from March 16-20, 2015 with the theme “This is what anti-racism looks like,” it will include a highly provocative program including a panel discussion “The Value of Freedom: Academics VS. Expression” and engaging workshops addressing the need for greater conversation about anti-racism practices, and what can be done concretely to address racism.

Rule Out Racism workshops are free and open to everyone in the UBC community.
Workshops have limited seating so register early at

Feature Event
The Value of Freedom: Academics VS. Expression
Panel Discussion

Drawing from their own experiences and reflecting upon recent media attention on the topic, faculty will discuss the issues raised when engaging with controversial issues.
March 20, 10am-12noon, Sty-Wet-Tan Hall, First Nations Longhouse (Wayfinding at UBC)
Lunch will be served following the panel from 12noon-1pm.
Register for panel discussion

  • Moderator Peter Wanyenya, International Student Advisor, Special Populations
  • Annette Henry – Professor, Faculty of Education – Language & Literacy Education;
  • Kerry Jang – City of Vancouver Councillor and Professor, Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine; and
  • Nitya Iyer – Human rights lawyer and co-author of Implementing Inclusion report (March 20)

Workshops and film screening
Read the full workshop descriptions and register for workshops
Please note workshops have limited seating – please register early.

  • Intercultural Fluency, Diversity, and International Peoples at UBC. Presenters – Donna Lester-Smith, Equity and Inclusion Office and Alexandria Baugh (March 16)
  • Let’s Talk About Racism In Residence. Presenters – Samantha Truong and Paige Loughheed, Residence Advisors (March 17)
  • Where are we in the world? Film screening. Presenters – Sarah W.Y. Ling and Amy Perreault, Centre for Teaching Learning and Technology (March 18)
  • When standing in front of the room is not enough: Facilitation skills for difficult conversations. Presenter – Dr. Aftab Erfan, School of Community and Regional Planning (March 18)
  • More than Hammer and Nails: Having Difficult Conversations and Building Allyship. Presenters – Alden E. Habacon, Director of Intercultural Understanding at UBC and Rachael E. Sullivan, Equity and Inclusion Office (March 18)
  • Addressing Racism: from deer in the headlights to effective engagement. Presenters: Monica Kay, Director of Conflict Management, Equity and Inclusion Office and Donna Lester-Smith, Equity and Inclusion Office Educator (March 18)
  • Cultural competency in a diverse classroom: Critical analysis and practice. Presenters: Amy Perreault and Hanae Tsukada, Centre for Teaching Learning and Technology.
  • Revealing Conversations: an engaging tool for generating safe, meaningful discussions. Presenters: Jane Fitzgerald and Amrit Mundy, Human Resources

Rule Out Racism week is held in recognition of the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on March 21.

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