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Dr. Amie McLean is a white settler living on the unceded territories of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc within Secwépemc'ulucw. She is a sociologist, ethnographer, and educator whose work focuses on social justice issues in Canadian post-secondary education and labour markets. She has published on post-secondary funding policies for Indigenous students, neoliberalisation and trucking industry regulation, and the racialised politics of mobility among long haul truckers. She previously served as Co-Chair of the Learning at Intercultural Intersections: Towards Equity, Inclusion, and Reconciliation international conference and co-edited a resulting special issue in the Journal of Intercultural Studies. She serves on the CEWIL EDI Committee, the ACE-WIL EDI Committee, and the Advisory Circle for the SFU R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Project. As Project Manager for Justice, Equity, and Inclusion (JEI) for Work Integrated Learning at Simon Fraser University, she supports the work of a team of WIL JEI practitioners on a broad range of projects and initiatives. In doing so, she applies intersectional, decolonizing, and anti-oppressive approaches to WIL practices, processes, and curriculum.
Naz is an immigrant settler and woman of colour who embodies the spirit of a lifelong learner. Naz resides on the unceded, traditional and ancestral territory of the kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem First Nation). She holds a BBA from the Beedie School of Business and an MEd from Simon Fraser University. Her education and lived experiences as an immigrant and a settler woman of colour fuel her passion for anti-racism, anti-oppression, equity, accessibility, reconciliation, and inclusion issues. Naz has held various roles in coaching, facilitation, supervision, and project management. Her involvement with a wide range of roles has enabled her to develop stakeholder management skills alongside working within the nuances of diverse cultures. She also has extensive experience in designing, facilitating and evaluating programs. Naz is currently working as a Justice, Equity, and Inclusion Strategist at WIL and continues to help contribute to fostering positive change within her community. She is keen on working with employers and community partners to implement initiatives focused on creating accessible and inclusive WIL and co-op experiences for all students through providing support with navigating equity and inclusion issues and creating and curating resources related to these topics.
Maia is a bi-racial Black woman and settler who resides in the unceded, traditional, and ancestral territories of the Musqueam, Tseil-Watuth, and Squamish peoples. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia with a Double Major in Political Science and Sociology. During her time as a recent graduate, she was one of the founding members of the first Black Student Union in her university and participated in active student advocacy, as well as grassroots community organizing alongside her background in political and anthropological research. Her international student background, growing up in the UK, Africa, and Asia, applied to her understanding and relationship with justice, equity and inclusion inform her skills and knowledge in anti-racism, anti-oppression, and trauma-informed work across all intersections. As an EDI educator, her lens and skillset are channeled into instructing online courses, creating and designing educational resources, analyzing data, and supporting and supervising co-op student staff. Maia enjoys getting to know people, having personable connections with her peers, eating good food, and listening to music.
Why JUSTICE, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION (JEI)?
When it comes to equity and inclusion work, there are a lot of acronyms out there. At SFU and beyond, EDI (equity, diversity, and inclusion) is widely used. So, why has our team decided to go with JEI (justice, equity, and inclusion)?
We use the term ‘justice’ to refer to our collective commitment to anti-oppressive transformational change. This commitment involves actively working alongside the communities we seek to serve to dismantle systemic barriers and oppressive power dynamics. Our goal is to nurture more equitable, inclusive, and empowering experiences within WIL, our institution, and our communities.
Our team is also committed to doing equity work. Distinct from equality, an equity perspective recognizes that because of systemic barriers, prejudice, and discrimination based on aspects of one’s identity, some people do not have the same opportunities as others. Engaging in equity work involves taking intentional actions to remove barriers for people who have been historically excluded, are underrepresented, and/or experience marginalization (UBC, n.d.).
Finally, our team works toward creating meaningful inclusion, where everyone can have a sense of safety and belonging and where all peoples’ contributions are recognized, acknowledged, and valued (O’Mara, 2015). Justice, equity, and inclusion form the core of our team name not as abstract concepts but as commitments to action. Diversity is the reality of the communities we are a part of and seek to serve; our team does the work through our active commitment to justice, equity, and inclusion.
O’Mara, J. (2015). Diversity and inclusion, definitions of. In J. Bennett (Ed.), The SAGE encyclopedia of intercultural competence (pp. 268-269). Thousand Oaks,, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc. doi: 10.4135/9781483346267.n93
UBC. n.d. “Equity & Inclusion Glossary of Terms.” UBC Equity &Inclusion Office. Available: https://equity.ubc.ca/resources/equity-inclusion-glossary-of-terms/