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CampOUT! Thanks You!

July 12, 2018

July 12, 2018 At the beginning of this week, 65 queer, trans, and Two-Spirit youth got on a boat and travelled together back to their home communities after an epic CampOUT! Campers have gained new friends, resources, self-acceptance, confidence, strategies for self-care, and tools for making friendships and being part of positive social change! Camper […]

“They Are Joshua” Official Trailer

July 12, 2018

Joshua M. Ferguson reclaims their true identity, makes history despite societal erasure and marginalization, and reconnects with Joshua from childhood who got lost along the way in the myth that gender is only man or woman.

Joshua M. Ferguson’s feature documentary “They Are Joshua”

July 12, 2018

‘They Are Joshua’ follows the first person in Ontario to receive a non-binary birth certificate. Joshua M. Ferguson has spent the last years fighting for legal recognition of their gender. In May, after a human rights complaint, they became the first person in Ontario to receive a non-binary birth certificate, denoted with an “X” instead […]

Ayesha S. Chaudhry recipient of 2018 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation fellowship

July 3, 2018

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation is proud to announce the 2018 recipients of its annual research fellowships. Every year, the Foundation awards up to five fellowships to intellectuals in the humanities and social sciences who are recognized for their productivity, their commitment to communicating their findings to the public, and their ability to devise innovative […]

‘The foundational cornerstone is intersectionality’: Emmanuelle Andrews & Kristi Carey discuss the misrepresentation of race in the media

April 19, 2018

Ahead of the International Day for Elimination of Racism on March 21, UBC Equity Ambassadors and the African Awareness Initiative co-facilitated a “Realities of Racism” event yesterday at Place Vanier to discuss the misrepresentation of race in the media. The event featured Emmanuelle Andrews and Kristi Carey, two graduate students at UBC Social Justice Institute, […]

Emmanuelle Andrews & Katrina Sellinger guest editors on The Capilano Review

March 12, 2018

It is uncommon on this unceded Coast Salish land called “Vancouver” to see the radiant faces of so many black people in one room; more familiar are we with those rare, unexpected moments when we see another solitary “i” in this city, as Ian William so aptly notes in “Our eyes meet across yet another […]

Video: SenseLab director Erin Manning on Neurodiversity, Black Life and the University as We Know It

February 15, 2018

Creating the conditions for neurodiversity and black life in the university is not about creating a space for difference, a space where difference sequesters itself. It is about attuning to the undercommon currents of creative dissonance and asymmetrical experience always already at work in, across and beyond the institution. It is about becoming attentive to […]

Open Letter: Justice for Colten Boushie from Indigenous Faculty & Allies

February 13, 2018

We the undersigned extend this letter to Universities Canada (especially to the presidents of the institutions they represent), urging  your commitment and support in the wake of the trial of Gerald Stanley. We call upon you to take appropriate measures to ensure that Indigenous students, faculty and staff are safe now and in the future. […]

Ayesha Chaudhry featured in “The Sisters Project”

December 5, 2017

In The Sisters Project, Alia Youssef uses photography to challenge a one-dimensional image of Muslim women. Whether she is a kinesiology student considering medical school, an ESL teacher who eases new immigrants into Canadian life, or the program manager at Ecotrust, working tirelessly to preserve the British Columbian rain forest, each one of these women […]

Ayesha Chaudhry interviewed Globe and Mail article, “Women need to play a role in ‘restoring’ Saudi Islam”

December 5, 2017

In her groundbreaking book “Domestic Violence and the Islamic Tradition,” UBC Professor Ayesha Chaudhry makes it abundantly clear that the “Islamic tradition” – beginning a few centuries after the Prophetic era to the precolonial era – reflected worldwide patriarchy of the times. The hierarchical paradigm was unambiguous: God (or Allah) at the top, followed by men below, […]