Manuela Valle’s research interests include the gendered and sexual narratives of neoliberalism, militarism and imperialism, and the intersections between gender and nationalism. Her research project aims to explore how in Latin American post-dictatorship societies such as the Chilean, the continued legacy of an authoritarian culture limits the exercise of citizenship and rights for women and men and children, arguing that a real democratization in these societies requires the transformation of gender meanings and sexual imaginaries through a repoliticization of the domestic space and gender relations.

Supervisor: Dr. Peter Cole

Peter Wanyenya has roots in eastern Africa and also calls Toronto, Ontario home. He currently serves in multiple student-centred roles at the University of British Columbia and in several local and national organisations that are children and youth focused. Peter is driven by core values of equity, diversity, and intercultural understanding and draws from his deep commitment to these values to work towards passionate and positive social change.

Director, Graduate Programs and Graduate Advisor, Critical Curatorial Studies
Professor and Head, Art History, Visual Art and Theory
Director/Curator, Morris and Helen Belkin art Gallery

Dr. Scott Watson is Director/Curator of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery (1989- ) and Professor in the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory (2003- ). He is Director and Graduate Advisor for the Critical Curatorial Studies program, which he helped initiate in September 2002, and serves on numerous University committees, including the President’s Advisory Committee on University Art and the Ad-hoc Committee on Lesbian and Gay Issues. He also sits on numerous external boards and committees, including the Vancouver Institute for the Visual Arts. Recent distinctions include the UBC Dorothy Sommerset Award for Performance Development in the Visual and Performing Arts, March 2005. The Avlin Balkind Award for Creative Curating. 2008 and the Hnatyshin Award for Curatorial excellence in 2011.

CampOUT! Camp Director

Anna White lives on the unceded ancestral land of the Musqueam, Squamish, Sto:lo, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. She has a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design, with a focus on fine arts, feminist, queer, and post-colonial theories. As the Camp Director for UBC’s CampOUT! ( she works in collaboration with a diverse spectrum of students, faculty, alumni and communities to support learning, leadership, mentorship and community engagement.

Professor and Director, Director of Centre for Culture, Identity & Education, Department of Educational Studies

Handel Kashope Wright is a Professor in the Department of Educational Studies and Director of the Centre for Culture, Identity and Education. His work focuses on continental and diasporic African cultural studies, critical multiculturalism, anti-racist education, qualitative research, and curriculum theorizing. Dr. Wrights’ current research examines postmulticulturalsim, youth identity, and belonging in the Canadian context.

Supervisor: Dr. Denise Ferreira da Silva

As a first year MA student at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, I would like to further investigate what it means to be of mixed race in Canada and how to navigate the space in-between cultures. I feel it would be of benefit to develop research on this theme in relation to the theory of the Third Space. As I have previously completed a BFA, I would also like to explore how I can use my art practice as a means of communication and “a way of knowing” in relation to these themes.

Professor & Distinguished University Scholar, Measurement, Evaluation, & Research Methodology Program, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education, Faculty of Education

Dr. Bruno Zumbo is a a measurement theorist, statistician, and applied mathematician. His research and professional interests focus on developing statistical theory and quantitative methods for conducting research, testing, and evaluation. Dr. Zumbo’s research program focuses on theoretical and applied psychometrics and statistical science, and on measurement, program evaluation, and methodological issues in quality of life, subjective well-being, and social science research. His worked has influenced language testing, psychometrics, validity theory, and educational and behavioural statistics.