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June 29, 2023

Pride Month Fireside Chat: Supporting the 2SLGBTQIA+ Community as Allies



This is a hybrid event.

Civil and Mechanical Engineering Building (CEME), Room 2202. 

Zoom link will be sent to participants before the chat.

June is the inauguration of “Pride Season,” a term which refers to a range of Pride events happening from June – September. We will be holding a 'fireside chat' guided by Sheryl Staub-French, Associate Dean of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), Faculty of Applied Science. 

Sheryl will be joined by Julia Staub-French and Kim LaForest in a conversation about supporting the 2SLGBTQIA+ community through compassion, understanding, and allyship.

Sheryl joined APSC twenty years ago as a professor in civil engineering. As an engineer, lesbian, mother, and leader of EDI.I initiatives in the Faculty, Sheryl will speak to the personal context and challenges faced by queer folks in the Applied Sciences.

Julia is the Executive Director of Family Services of the North Shore, a non-profit, community-based agency that has been providing counselling, support and education for families and individuals for over 60 years. As a psychotherapist who has worked with queer clients and developed programs for queer youth, Julia is a leader in the queer community.

Kim is Manager of Thrive Family Programs and PROUD2BE Coordinator at Family Services of the North Shore. As an ally and coordinator of the PROUD2BE initiatives, Kim will speak to the experiences of queer children and youth today, particularly non binary and trans youth, and her work supporting parents of gender diverse children and youth

We look forward to listening, sharing, and connecting in this open space. All are welcome. ?✨

Speaker & Moderator

Sheryl Staub French portrait

Dr. Sheryl Staub-French, Associate Dean of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), Faculty of Applied Science

Dr. Staub-French is a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering in the Faculty of Applied Science.  She is Director of the BIM TOPiCS Lab where she leads inter-disciplinary research focused on developing methods and tools to support the digital delivery of sustainable building construction projects through effective and collaborative use of building information modeling (BIM).  As the first Associate Dean of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in the Faculty of Applied Science, Dr. Staub-French is a strong leader and advocate in advancing EDI in engineering and leading the Faculty’s EDI initiatives. She received her BS in Civil Engineering from Santa Clara University and her MS and PhD from Stanford University.

Dana-Lyn Mackenzie headshot

Dana-Lyn Mackenzie, Senior Manager EDI & Indigeneity

Dana-Lyn is a member of the Hwlitsum First Nation, based in Canoe Pass, BC and a lawyer. She has practiced criminal, administrative and employment law. She is a double alumna of UBC, having obtained her BA and JD degrees at UBC. 

Dana-Lyn has worked as a university administrator since 2012 in Indigenous awareness, programming and student affairs capacities. Dana-Lyn led Indigenous Awareness camps and cultural competency programming during her tenure at the Peter A. Allard School of Law with UBC, where she was recognized for her contributions to this work by being the 2016 recipient of the UBC President’s Staff Award on Advancing Diversity and Inclusion.

Date + Time
Thu, June 29, 2023
3:00pm - 4:30pm

CEME 2022

6250 Applied Science Ln, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4
Vancouver BC V6T 1Z4

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