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Geogia Straight: City of Vancouver unveils West End Sex Workers Memorial

September 23, 2016

The West End sex worker community will not be forgotten, thanks to the efforts of Vancouver activists. A memorial located at the corner of Jervis and Pendrell streets, in front of St. Paul’s Anglican Church, was unveiled on September 16.

Sexual Assault at the University of British Columbia: Prevention, Response, and Accountability

September 15, 2016

June 2016, Recommendations for President Martha Piper, President and Vice Chancellor of the University of British Columbia. Prepared by: UBC Sexual Assault Panel

First in Canada: West End Memorial To Honour Sex Workers

September 12, 2016

September 12, 2016 MEDIA RELEASE- First in Canada:  West End Memorial To Honour Sex Workers In 2008, the West End Sex Workers Memorial Committee was co-founded by Indigenous trans sex work activist Jamie Lee Hamilton and UBC professor Becki Ross. Our mandate is commemoration of the once vibrant, diverse, pimp-free community of sex workers whose […]

Vancouver will commemorate sex workers’ ouster from West End

September 12, 2016

A Vancouver memorial will be unveiled on September 16 to honour sex workers expelled from the West End during the 1980s. Jamie Lee Hamilton initiated the project eight years ago; she says the commemorative work recognizing the lives of sex workers is the first of its kind in Canada.

Blessing Olukemi Falayi is making the Women’s Centre the most accessible it has ever been

September 8, 2016

Blessing Olukemi Falayi is the president of the Women’s Centre, involved in UBC’s chapter of Black Lives Matter (BLM) and a Pokemon Go aficionado. Falayi, who is entering her fourth year at UBC with a double major in Political Science and Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, has been involved with the Women’s Centre since her […]


August 16, 2016

Wed, Aug 17 @ 8:45pm — Becki Ross presents “Navigating Dry Land: The Queer Penalty, Sexual Shaming, and the Transformative Promise of Sport”. Becki Ross teaches at the University of British Columbia at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice, and in the Department of Sociology.  A life-long competitive athlete and avid sports fan, she […]

Vancouver Filipino Canadian youth create community through mentorship

August 4, 2016

Kababayan Academic Mentorship Program (KAMP) has received an Antipode Scholar-Activist research grant, and will be partnering with Filipino Canadian professor John Paul Catungal on a one-year project that will re-engage alumni mentors and mentees.

Dr. JP Catungal quoted in Vancouver Sun article: For aboriginals and people of colour, LGBTQ2 community not always a supportive place

August 2, 2016

This call for more inclusion isn’t unusual for a protest movement like Pride, according to J.P. Catungal, an instructor at UBC’s Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice. The conversation happening now in Vancouver mirrors one that’s been going on within feminism for decades, but was particularly noisy during the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, he said.

Dr. Mary K. Bryson to take up five year term as Senior Associate Dean, Administration, Faculty Affairs & Innovation

June 21, 2016

Dr. Mary K. Bryson will take-up the position, Senior Associate Dean, Administration, Faculty Affairs & Innovation, in the Faculty of Education, effective July 1, 2016 for a five-year term. Dr. Bryson is a Professor in the Department of Language and Literacy Education. Dr. Bryson is currently appointed to the position, Senior Associate Dean, Administration & Innovation, […]

Dr. John Paul Catungal and the Kababayan Academic Mentorship Program receive the Antipode Foundation Scholar-Activist Project award

June 21, 2016

June 21, 2016 We are excited to announce that Dr. John Paul Catungal of UBC’s Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice and the Kababayan Academic Mentorship Program (KAMP) have been selected to receive one of six prestigious Antipode Foundation Scholar-Activist Project awards to pursue a community-academic research partnership titled “Mentorship as political practice”. […]