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Facing the Realities

NOVEMBER 19, 2021, B.C.

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Co-presented by Diversity Circles, BCIT Respect, Diversity, and Inclusion, BCIT Student Association, and BCIT Faculty and Staff Association.

Since the start of the pandemic, there has been an exponential rise in anti-Asian racism. It is important to not only be aware of the statistics in this matter but to also understand the stories and day-to-day realities impacting members of the community. Join us to hear from three community leaders whose work crosses legal, educational, and health communities. This stellar panel will explore questions around the challenges and barriers that may be invisible, how Vancouver became the anti-Asian hate crime capital of North America, how these issues impact students, and much more.

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 (e.g. student association, alumni association) community.

Register below! A Zoom link will be sent to all attendees.

Special Guest: Aaron (Splash) Nelson-Moody

Aaron Nelson-Moody, or “Splash”, lives and works in the Capilano Village on the North Shore of Vancouver, British Columbia. These days he is working mainly on jewelry engraving and repousse, and still carves the larger houseposts and panels on commission. While Aaron is his English name, he also has his Squamish Nation name, Tawx’sin Yexwulla, which translates as: Splashing Eagle, so most people know him simply as “Splash”. He also carries the name, Poolxtun, from his adopted father Gerry Oleman, which he tanslates as, ‘the spreading ripples from a splash of water’. He has worked with community groups and students in a number of schools in the Squamish and Vancouver areas since 1995, as well as sharing in Japan and Scotland.


Photo of Karl Chen with a dogKarl Chen (they/he)

Karl is a BCIT alumni who graduated from the Marketing Communications Diploma program in 2018. Karl is the founder of Ryse Professional Asian Network, one of the largest Asian professional development and networking communities in North America. Karl has been invited to speak at a multitude of panels regarding diversity and equity including Facebook, Women in Business, and Association of Asian Healthcare Leaders.

Karl also works as an advisor to politicians and C-suite leaders to support the implementation of campaign direction and policy implementations for underserved communities. 

Photo of Minnie Ng sitting cross-legged on the floorMinnie Ng (she/they)

Minnie  is a Han chinese settler on the ​unceded Coast Salish territories of The xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil Waututh) Nations.  They work at Yarrow Intergenerational Society for Justice 世代同行會, a grassroots non-profit organization that supports youth and low-income immigrant seniors in Chinatown and the Downtown Eastside.

Yarrow builds power in the community through intergenerational relationship building, and by helping seniors overcome language and cultural barriers to services that meet their basic needs. We combine service provision and grassroots organizing, with a core belief that service work is political and that as a community, we have the tools we need to take care of one another. We empower seniors and youth to work together to improve their communities and tackle the difficult problems of oppression and violence. Our vision is of a Chinatown that is intergenerational and thriving, with accessible and culturally relevant services and an environment that cherishes our seniors and youth.

Headshot of Steven NgoSteven Ngo (he/him)

Steven Ngo is a corporate/technology lawyer and currently works as Senior Counsel at Visier. He is the chair of the Advocacy Committee of the Vietnamese Professionals Association BC and is Vice President (Marketing) for the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers BC. In addition, he is the founder of Beyond the A, an organization that seeks to destigmatize anxiety and empower lawyers to thrive in their careers.

Recently, Steven is leading a movement called Fix Police Reporting that seeks to remove barriers to reporting hate crimes to the police. He has featured throughout national and international media including The Guardian, The Globe and Mail, Vancouver Sun, CBC and various language-specific outlets for the Chinese, Vietnamese, Filipino, Japanese and South Asian communities.

Code of Conduct

Diversity Circles, in cooperation with the BCIT Respect, Diversity, and Inclusion (RDI) Office, has recently introduced a Code of Conduct 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 Code of Conduct 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 Code of Conduct prior to your upcoming participation.

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Fri. Nov. 19, 2021 3:00PM to 4:30PM

2021-11-19 15:00:00 2021-11-19 16:30:00 America/Vancouver Facing the Realities Online BCIT

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