Director’s Blog


Faculty and students at UBC’s Social Justice Institute are committed to continue to engage in research and teaching designed to contribute to refashioning existing and designing new critical tools that will help us to stop the unfolding of a future of colonial, racial, and sexual violence. Again and again a question comes back to those of us committed to a vision for social justice that addresses colonial, racial, gender-sexual subjugation. Every time we go back to the tools available for critical thinking. Each time we demand that the state and other juridical structures (such as the UN) develop and implement protective (rights) and corrective measures (public policies) that will help to dismantle the structures of colonial and social subjugation and others designed to correct the effects of past subjugation. Behind these intellectual and political moves is a consistent trust that things will change, that it will be better […]

A message from Dr. Denise Ferreira da Silva

Our Institute’s location in the unceded land of the Musqueam people, and the aspirations of UBC’s Place and Promise plan, remind us that social justice is our duty and commitment and not solely an object of study. Towards meeting this commitment to social justice, my focus in the coming five years will be to fashion the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice (The Social Justice Institute) as a leading global hub of excellent collaborative, creative, and transformative interdisciplinary research, teaching, and outreach on social justice […]