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Community Conversation: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

MARCH 21, 2019, Burnaby B.C.


Doors open at 11:45am with the program starting at 12:05pm sharp. 

Lunch will be provided and ASL interpretation provided. The event was recorded and you can watch the video capture online

Diversity Circles and collaborators invite the BCIT Community to a conversation in recognition of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Join us and an amazing group of special guests to explore questions such as:

  • How does race show up for people in their day-to-day lived experiences? What do we see and/or not see? What are these experiences rooted in? How does harm occur?
  • How is this part of doing our work (public education) well? What is the research? What is the ‘business case’?
  • Why is race difficult to talk about? Why is race important to talk about?
  • How does racial discrimination show up at work and in learning environments?

Special Guests

  • Sonmin Bong, Volunteer and Educational Outreach Coordinator at WAVAW Rape Crisis Centre.
    • Sonmin Bong is a first-generation Korean immigrant woman and a queer feminist of colour. Upon completing her BA in Legal Studies and Women’s Studies at the University of Waterloo, she has relocated to BC and has been working at WAVAW Rape Crisis Centre. In her work, she has developed and delivered workshops and facilitated community conversations that explore sexual violence and its intersections with many systems of oppression including racism and white supremacy across the Lower Mainland. She has also been active in the local feminist community in various capacities. She was previously the host and producer of the intersectional feminist radio show, The F Word, on Vancouver Co-Op Radio show. She shares the belief with many anti-racist activists that the path to ending racism is revolutionary love.
  • Dr. Annette Henry; David Lam Chair in Multicultural Education in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia
    • Dr. Henry is a Professor in the Department of Language and Literacy Education and cross-appointed to the Institute for Race, Gender, Sexuality and Social Justice. Her scholarship examines race, class, language, gender and culture in socio-cultural contexts of teaching and learning in the lives of Black students, Black oral histories, and Black women teachers’ practice in Canada, the U.S. and the Caribbean. She has written extensively about equity in the academy, diverse feminisms and conceptual and methodological research issues especially in culture-specific contexts. She is the 2018 recipient of the Canadian Association of University Teachers Equity Award.
  • Waneek Horn-Miller, Indigenous Olympian and Speaker
    • Waneek Horn-Miller has overcome discrimination and trauma to emerge as one of North America’s most inspiring activists and Olympians. From her iconic TIME cover to her former role in the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, she empowers our communities to overcome adversity, and helps us turn reconciliation—justice, healing, and dialogue—into a cornerstone of our national institutions.
  • Dr. Harold Ishebabi, Software Development Manager, Amazon
    • Dr. Ishebabi brings a wide perspective on diversity from his professional experience. Harold has a computer science background from the universities of Kaiserslautern and Potsdam, both in Germany. Before moving to Canada, he was a researcher in the same area at Aachen university in Germany. After moving to Canada, he worked in military defense in application engineering before moving on to found two startups in financial services and retail logistics. He currently works for Amazon in transportation space. Besides industry experience, Harold had the opportunity to teach at Aachen University, and most recently at BCIT.
  • Moderator: Wafaa Barakat, Student Development Coordinator, BCITSA
    • Wafaa completed an International Business Management diploma, followed by a BBA from BCIT. Upon graduating, she started working at BCIT Student Association as a Student Development Coordinator, helping students transition into their ultimate career. During her time at BCIT, Wafaa was the VP Student Affairs at the BCIT Student Association and served on the BCIT Education Executive Board. Wafaa was the recipient of the 2018 BCIT President Award. Her involvement in the community range from volunteering at NISA Shelter and fund raising for children fleeing war as well as serving on the executive board for the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transportation.

Co-presented by Diversity Circles, BCIT Harassment & Discrimination Prevention Office, and BCITSA

The organizing team includes: Kyla Epstein, Annabelle Hung, Zaa Joseph, Shannon Kelly, Nadia Mallay, and Trina Prince.

For all accommodation requests and inquiries (e.g., food, American Sign Language, alternative format handouts, service animal or support person accompaniment, facilities), please contact us:


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BCIT Burnaby, Town Square A/B
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby B.C. V5G 3H2

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Thu. Mar. 21, 2019 12:00PM to 2:00PM

2019-03-21 12:00:00 2019-03-21 14:00:00 America/Vancouver Community Conversation: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination BCIT Burnaby, Town Square A/B BCIT

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