The Anti-Racism Dialogue Series invited Indigenous, Black and Persons of Colour (IBPOC) to speak on anti-racism with context around how colonial institutions have impacted the lived experiences of IBPOC communities, ranging from broader oppressive systems (including academia and professional industries) to interpersonal relationships (such as microaggressions). Our hope is that these conversation will inspire attendees to critically self-reflect and to commit to anti-racism within their own daily lives as well.
We held listening sessions in February 2021 to hear from BIPOC faculty, staff and students about their experiences in the Faculty. This allowed us to acknowledge these folks’ experiences, and take responsibility for moving forward as a Faculty when it comes to anti-racism and decolonizing our practices. After compiling what we’ve heard and reporting back to our community, we made a commitment to action on the different issues raised, one of which is this Dialogue Series.
Session 1 - February 9, 2022 at 4:30pm - 5:50pm
Research indicates that two of the most effective ways of increase representation in STEM fields is the presence of role models and a supportive community. What’s a more supportive community than family? Anthonia Ogundele will engage in an inter-generational conversation with her sister Francisca Ogundele and father Dr. Gabriel Ogundele on their experiences with role models and community within the engineering profession. All have come to STEM in different ways, but all with the same desire to chart a path for those that will come after them.
Speaker: Anthonia Ogundele
Anthonia Ogundele is the Founder and Executive Director of Ethos Lab Educational Society. Ethos Lab is a non-profit STEM and culture-focused Innovation Academy for youth ages 13-18 that provides access to emerging technologies, culture, and a community of innovators. Through this work, Ms. Ogundele has launched Canada’s first Black-led Virtual Reality environment.
Ms. Ogundele’s career has been as a resilience professional. Most recently, she was with VanCity Credit Union as Manager, Environmental Sustainability, Business Continuity and Emergency Planning. Prior to that role, she held various positions in Emergency Management within the Ontario Government. She continues to consult as a resilience professional with the World Bank.
Ms. Ogundele has a passion for community. In 2016, she founded the Hogan’s Alley Land Trust (adjacent to Northeast False Creek), which evolved into the Hogan’s Alley Society through a merger with the Hogan’s Alley Memorial Project. Ms. Ogundele was former Chair of the Coal Harbour Residents Association. In 2016, she founded the Cheeky Proletariat gallery, an accessible and inclusive space for the free expression of all people.
She holds a Bachelor of Social Science and a certificate in Governance and Public Policy from the University of Ottawa and a Masters of Environmental Studies, Urban Planning from the University of Waterloo.
Ms. Ogundele was recently honoured with the City of Vancouver’s Black History Month Community Leader Award.
Session 2 - February 22, 2022 at 4:30pm - 5:50pm
Speaker: Dr. Margaret Moss
Margaret P. Moss, PhD, JD, RN, FAAN, is an enrolled member of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation (Three Affiliated Tribes of North Dakota), and is also Dakhóta. Dr. Moss is the first and only American Indian to hold both nursing and juris doctorates. She has been a nurse for 32 years, a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, and was recently elected to the Board of Directors. She was also appointed to the Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice (BPH) at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (2021). Dr. Moss was one of two Indigenous women named on the inaugural Forbes 50 over 50 Impact List 2021. She published the first ever nursing text on American Indian health, winning two book-of-the-year awards (2016). Dr. Moss has been a RWJF Health Policy Fellow staffing the Senate Special Committee on Aging; a Fulbright Research Chair at McGill University on Indigenous contexts; and currently is Associate Vice President of Equity and Inclusion, Interim at the University of British Columbia.
Session 3 - March 22, 2022 at 4:30pm - 5:50pm
Speaker: Cicely Belle Blain
Cicely Belle Blain, Bakau Consulting (they/them) is a Black, mixed, queer non-binary femme from London, United Kingdom now living on the lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh people. Their ancestry is a mix of Gambian (Wolof), Jamaican and English. Cicely Belle spent their formative years between London, the Netherlands, and a small Catholic village in France - each home presenting a pivotal opportunity for awakening and growth. Cicely Belle is descended from a long line of feminist educators and developed a passion for justice from a young age.
Cicely Belle is noted for founding Black Lives Matter Vancouver and subsequently being listed as one of Vancouver's 50 most powerful people by Vancouver Magazine twice, BC Business's 30 under 30, and one of Refinery29's Powerhouses of 2020.
Cicely Belle founded Bakau Consulting Inc. in 2018 and has grown the company to serve 1000’s of clients worldwide - their public speaking, equity consulting and literary prowess has impacted people in Canada, the USA, the UK, South Korea, Netherlands, Poland, Germany, Ecuador, Senegal, South Africa, Eswatini and many more.
Some of their most notable professional achievements include speaking at the United Nations Summit in Quito, Ecuador, developing an Intersectionality Toolkit for the City of Vancouver and presenting the keynote address for the 2020 graduating ceremony at the University of British Columbia, their alma mater. Cicely Belle is also an instructor in Executive Leadership at Simon Fraser University, the Editorial Director of Ripple of Change Magazine and the author of Burning Sugar (Arsenal Pulp Press and VS Books, 2020).
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