Advice for BIPOC individuals working in ecology and evolutionary biology

A co-authored article published in Nature Ecology & Evolution, an online science journal, outlines career strategies for Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) researchers working in the field of ecology and evolutionary biology (EEB). The article, “Strategies and support for Black, Indigenous, and People of colour in ecology and evolutionary biology,” highlights the low…

CommuniCreate builds newcomer youths’ confidence and community connections

The 2018 statistics from the Surrey Local Immigration Partnership show that youth make up over 60% of the area’s newcomer population. However, unlike for adult newcomers, there are limited options for these youth to learn English. The lack of youth-accessible language learning opportunities led SFU students Saba Fatemi, Eunbee Baik and Rufaida Kheraj as well…

Diversity on the decline in social circles of immigrant youth

New research shows social circles of visible minority youth grow less diverse over time. Sean Lauer of the UBC Department of Sociology and Miu Chung Yan of the UBC School of Social Work published their findings on the social circles of minority youth in the Ethnic and Racial Studies journal. The study analyzed data from…

Exploring art in times of crisis: a mirror to the past

Jairo Salazar, art historian and instructor for Coquitlam College and Mobil Art School, will be delivering a digital seminar on Art in Times of Crisis in partnership with the Richmond Art Gallery on Aug. 25. The webinar will explore viruses, plagues, illnesses, and pandemics in art, and is the second in a series of talks…

Storytelling for change: a filmmaking contest for Canadian youth

The UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs is inviting Canadian youth to produce their own short film this summer for submission to the Storytelling for Change campaign. There’s no cost to enter, big prizes to be won, and invaluable connections to make with mentors from around the world. The contest asks young filmmakers…

An invitation to learn the story of Chinese Canadians in BC

An upcoming two-part exhibition with a focus on its surrounding community, A Seat at the Table takes both a historical and a contemporary look at the stories of Chinese Canadians in BC. The exhibition, a collaboration between the Museum of Vancouver and the University of British Columbia, aims for a more dynamic way of engaging…

Women of Vancouver – Yayoi Hirano and the Yayoi Theatre Movement Society

Yayoi Hirano was honoured at Vancouver Asian Heritage Month’s (VAHM) Virtual Recognition Awards Ceremony 2020. VAHM’s vision is to recognize and promote the inclusion and social integration of Pan-Asian Canadian communities in Canada. Born and raised in Japan, Hirano moved to Vancouver in 2002 after spending a number of years setting up her theatre company,…

The fateful meeting of star-crossed lovers

The Tanabata + Flea Market event at the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre celebrates the popular Japanese star festival, Tanabata. The celebration will be held on Sat., July 4, from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. “Tanabata is the tale of two star-crossed lovers, Orihime, the star Vega, and Hikoboshi, the star Altair,” says Yukiko Nishikawa, special…

BACI strives to sustain beacons of inclusion beyond the pandemic

Created in 1956, the Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion (BACI) offers a range of community services to support the inclusion and belonging of people with disabilities. Co-executive director Richard Faucher, a long-time advocate for human rights and social justice, has been with the non-profit for 30 years. “People with disabilities are still perceived as a…

Nicole Guzzo and her initiative across the globe

“When you educate a woman, you educate a whole generation of people,” is the message that motivated Nicole Guzzo as she volunteered and created an NGO across the globe. A fashion designer from Vancouver, Guzzo began Prakasa Co. (pronounced prakasha), a non-registered charitable organization in 2017, that plays different roles in the three different countries…

New e-journal reimagines the post-COVID-19 future

Interdisciplinary e-journal Ideas and Futures launched in May 2020 with the aim of provoking serious reflection on an uncertain post-COVID world. Founding editors Sadia Abbas and Raza Ahmad Rumi explain that the journal, which evolved out of a COVID-19 working group of scholars, activists, policy analysts, and artists, will serve as a platform for international…