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Body Inclusivity & Anti-Fat Bias

FEBRUARY 27, 2024, B.C.

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ABOUT THIS EVENT

POSTPONED. Watch for a rescheduled date!

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This online roundtable discussion will explore topics pertaining to weight stigma and fat bias in a range of professional contexts. Specifically, this event explores how weight stigma persists across industries, including public health, theatre and performance, and academic research.

Special Guests

Layla Cameron (she/they) is an academic living and working on the stolen lands of the Syilx Okanagan Nation. She is a lecturer at Simon Fraser University in the School of Communication, and at the University of British Columbia – Okanagan. Her research interests are grounded in queer feminist cultural studies, and she has published and presented work in the disciplines of communication and media studies, women and gender studies, fat studies, disability studies and the sociology of sport. Layla also works as a documentary filmmaker and podcast producer. You can read more about Layla and her work on her website.

Amanda Goulding (she/her) is an emergency registered nurse who recently started teaching through the emergency specialty training program at BCIT. She has always been passionate about equity in all its forms, and since becoming a nurse has been focusing on equal access to healthcare. Her passion for inclusive access to healthcare had led to her advocating for fat patients, patients who use drugs and are under/unhoused, queer and trans patients, deaf patients, and other marginalized groups who find accessing healthcare challenging, especially in acute care settings. She hopes to set an example of compassion and advocacy to her peers to come to these special populations with more empathy and understanding. She identifies as fat, queer, and a settler on the stolen lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh people.

Cheyenne Rouleau (they/she) is an actor, director, writer, and producer from Burnaby BC. Their smash hit play, The After After Party, has garnished them multiple awards including The Georgia Straight’s Critic’s Choice Award, Pick of the Fringe, and the CULTCHivating the Fringe Award, as well as 5 stars across multiple national publications. Their recent acting appearances include Blockbuster (NBC) The Good Doctor (ABC) and Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies (paramount +). Cheyenne is currently Playwright in Residence for ITSAZOO Productions and their play SUNRISE BETTIES, produced by ITSAZOO, premiers this February. Their one-person show, Fat Joke, premieres this spring with Neworld Theatre & The Cultch.

Register Now

Register below for this online event and a Zoom link will be sent to you prior to the event.

This session is open to all members of the BCIT student, staff, faculty, and internal partner (e.g. student association, alumni association) community.

ASL interpretation will be provided. Please let us know if you have any additional needs to participate.

Expectations for Behaviour

Diversity Circles, as part of the BCIT Respect, Diversity, and Inclusion (RDI) Office, has outlined the Expectations for Behaviour for our events and initiatives.

Diversity Circles has always benefitted from the empathy, sincerity, and respectful curiosity of our community, and this has helped create events and initiatives where we hold productive and authentic discussions, advancing our knowledge and utilization of equity, diversity, and inclusion principles.

As our events and initiatives continue to reach out to diverse audiences which include BCIT employees, students, and partners (BCIT Student Association, BCIT Alumni Association, and industry guests), and as we have moved towards presenting events both in person and via teleconferencing platforms, we realize that having a set of expectations for behaviour will help maintain the accountable, respectful spaces our community has come to expect from Diversity Circles events and initiatives.

Please take the time to review our Expectations for Behaviour prior to your upcoming participation.

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Online, Zoom
B.C.

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