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January 29, 2013

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UVic Divesity Conference Examines History Of Activism

Four faculty members who are also activists will share their experiences, research and passion at the “Provost’s Diversity Research Forum: Rethinking Realities,” taking place Jan. 30 and 31 at the University of Victoria. Aaron Devor (sociology), Taiaiake Alfred (Indigenous governance/political science), Jo-Anne Lee (women’s studies) and Susan Strega (social work) will engage in a session entitled “50 Years of Activism: Then and Now,” facilitated by Jacquie Green (social work).

The diversity research forum features panel sessions led by UVic faculty, staff and students, as well as theatre and slam poetry performances. Featured keynote speaker The Honourable Jim Munson, Senator for Ottawa/Rideau Canal, award-winning former journalist and director of communications for Jean Chrétien, will speak on Wed., Jan. 30 at 4:45 p.m. in First Peoples House.

“This conference brings together inspiring speakers and engaging dialogue about gender, identity, race, ability, sexuality, Indigenous knowledge, international perspectives and more,” says Grace Wong Sneddon, chair of the organizing committee and Director, Academic Leadership Initiatives and Adviser to the Provost on Equity and Diversity. “This year during the university’s 50th anniversary we are reflecting on how diversity has changed and grown over the past 50 years, and identifying priorities for action for the future.”

On Jan. 31 at 12:30 p.m. Mrs. Olivia Barr, a member of UVic’s first graduating class (1964) and first woman elected as a student council president in a co-ed Canadian university, will present a keynote address in the Student Union Building’s Michèle Pujol Room. At “Retrieving Resistance Narratives,” the UVic Centre for Youth and Society (CFYS) research team will share digital stories developed by Indigenous youth for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. At “Mental Health: To Disclose or Not to Disclose,” panel members will share their personal perspectives on the dilemma of whether or not to disclose when mental illness touches your own life or that of a family member. Other sessions include “Sound Solutions, “ exploring the experience of a visually impaired graduate student, and “Does it Get Better? 50 Years of Queer Research, Education and Activism.”

The conference is free and everyone is welcome. Visit www.uvic.ca/diversity/forum2013 for program details and to pre-register. Follow the conference on Twitter @diverseforum or join the Facebook page: uvicdiversityforum.


  Media Contacts:

Grace Wong Sneddon (Office of the Vice-President Academic and Provost) at 250-721-6143 or gwongsne@uvic.ca

Melanie Groves (UVic Communications) at 250-472-4357 or mgroves@uvic.ca

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