ABOUT THIS EVENT
Image above from United Nations page for the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, observed annually on March 21st, is a day to reflect and learn about the racism and discrimination that members of our community continue to face on a daily basis. It is also an opportunity to re-commit our efforts to combat all forms of racial discrimination in order to create a more equitable community where we all can thrive.
Please join Diversity Circles, part of the BCIT Respect, Diversity, and Inclusion office, for a panel discussion moderated by BCIT’s own Orrett Morgan, where special guests Ndidi Cascade, Tariq Tyab, and Khari Wendell McClelland will share their thoughts, opinions, and experiences on this important topic.
Moderator & Guest Bios
- Orrett Morgan started his IT career in the mailroom of a downtown Vancouver law firm. More than a decade later, he was managing and supporting networks. He transitioned to education in the fall of 2008. Orrett is an IT professional who brought skills from industry and translated them into practical training for students. In 2017, Orrett turned a face-to-face classroom model into a blended model. By the start of the pandemic in 2020, Orrett realized it was time to ensure that if students were going to be online all the time, they could probably use more mental health resources. Orrett’s philosophy on education is focused on student mental health and well-being. Orrett is the Program Head for the Technology Support Professional Program at BCIT.
- Ndidi Cascade is a Vancouver-born-and-based hip-hop artist who is of Nigerian/Italian/Irish heritage. A songwriter, vocalist, educator, facilitator and curator, Ndidi has showcased her music, from classrooms to stadiums globally, opening for mega-talents such as Wu-Tang Clan & Femi Kuti. Ndidi Cascade facilitates youth empowerment workshops that use hip-hop as a medium for healthy self-expression; she is also a cultural curator for the Ethós Lab youth empowerment organization. Ndidi Cascade tours the festival and school circuits both as a solo artist, and with her collaborative bands including Originz, Metaphor & Mad Riddim.
- Tariq Tyab has 25 years’ experience in community service. He has built interfaith bridges and helped empower IBPOC communities. Tariq is co-founder of the first Faith Based Community Convener for Anti-Racism Initiatives in the Province of British Columbia, Foundation for a Path Forward. He is also co-founder of the Muslim Food Bank and Community Services, the Muslim Care Centre and Islam Unravelled. Tariq is a former executive with the BC Muslim Association.
- Imaginative. Bold. Genuine. Hopeful. Khari Wendell McClelland is an award-winning musician and creative facilitator who uses the arts and experiential activities for transformational learning. Based in Vancouver, Canada, Khari has worked with communities across Africa, Australia, Europe, North America and the Caribbean.
Register below and a calendar invite will be provided to you prior to the event. Note that registration is limited to the first 60 people. This is designed primarily as an in-person event and refreshments 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 (e.g. student association, alumni association) community.
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.