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Student Voices: Gender & BCIT

APRIL 6, 2023, Burnaby B.C.

A group of co-workers of varying genders having a meeting

Image above sourced from The Gender Spectrum Collective. Used per Creative Commons license.

SPECIAL EVENT NOTE: One of our special guest speakers requires a scent-free space. We ask you to use no perfumes, colognes, personal care products or strong-smelling chemicals prior to (or at) this event. Please help us make sure there is as little scent as possible in this space to be welcoming and inclusive.

Join us for a student panel on gender equality in the classroom.

Since the launch of Diversity Circles events in 2016, we have continued to ask questions and promote learning and discussion about gender diversity. We are excited to partner with the BCIT Student Association to highlight the perspectives and priorities of students on this panel. This year we will specifically focus on exploring issues around UN Sustainable Development Goal 5 (gender equality) and explore gender inequality in classroom settings.


We are pleased that Shelby Woida [she/her] will be joining us as the moderator for this event! Shelby is a full-time student in the BCIT School of Business + Media. Shelby is in the second year of the Accounting Diploma Program at BCIT. She has been a Councillor and Set Representative during her entire time at BCIT and is currently a member of the Student Association Equity & Sustainability Committee. Shelby is very passionate about the topic of gender equality in the classroom and believe in fighting to make a change towards a more inclusive learning and working environment.


  • Mx. Sorrel Dumaresq [they/them] – Full-time student, School of Construction and the Environment. A transmasculine non-binary person, Sorrel has been trans for six years and part of the LGBTQ+ community for over 20 years. Sorrel is passionate about social justice issues. When Sorrel completes their Bachelor of Interior Design, they want to work for a company that designs and builds affordable, accessible, sustainable social housing.
  • Laurel Kinahan [she/her] – Full-time student, School of Energy. Laurel is a 4th-year Electrical Engineering student who is graduating this spring. She recently won 1st place in the BCIT regional Engineering Competition, the Western Engineering Competition, and the Canadian Engineering Competition in Engineering Communications. She has a hearing loss and is the only female in her class. She’s a Set Rep, a Councilor to the Chair of the School of Energy, the Vice-President of the Power and Energy Society BCIT chapter, and a member of the Equity and Sustainability Committee.
  • Seth Mogk [he/him] – Full-time student, BCIT School of Business + Media. Seth is in his 2nd year and final term in the D3 program. With a strong background in illustration, Seth likes to convert his artistic creativity into design solutions for UI/UX. He is hoping someday soon he can land a practicum doing either UI/UX, graphic design, marketing, or maybe even a blend of all 3! Aside from career goals, Seth is also a transgender man, and is looking forward to sharing some of his perspective with that.


Register below and a calendar invite will be provided to you prior to the event. Note that in-person registration is limited to the first 48 people. This is designed primarily as an in-person event and lunch will be served. If you need a Zoom link for attending remotely, please let us know.

ASL interpretation will be provided. Please let us know if you have any additional needs to participate. This session is open to all members of the BCIT student, staff, faculty, and internal partner community (e.g. student association, faculty association, alumni association). Following the event’s conclusion, participants are invited to stay for 20 minutes of informal networking.

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.


Please do a unique registration for each person

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Hybrd, Town Square D, Burnaby Campus & Hybrid on Zoom
3700 Willingdon Ave.
Burnaby B.C. V5G 3H2

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Thu. Apr. 6, 2023 11:00AM to 12:30PM

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