About the facilitators
Dr. Stryker Calvez is a Metis/Michif researcher and educator from the Red River and Turtle Mountain territories in Manitoba and North Dakota. For the last 15 years he has worked in different capacities to help improve culturally appropriate educational, health and social programs for Indigenous Peoples and newcomers to Canada. Six years ago, he shifted his focus to directly support his colleagues at the University of Saskatchewan to better understand and engage with reconciliation. As a Metis man, he and his people have a history and tradition of working within multiple worldviews. From this perspective, he is a champion for community perspective, egalitarian principles, and diversity in Canadian society. Currently, he is a Manager in the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning where he supports building reconciliation and promotes the importance of personal and professional intercultural development as a foundation for the future well-being of his community, your community and our province.
Brianna Strumm (she, her, hers) is an Assistant Professor at the University of the Fraser Valley. Brianna has worked in a variety of clinical, community-based, and administrative social work positions and has been a university educator since 2011. Brianna has experience working in both government and nongovernmental organizations in Canada, England, Jamaica, India, and South Africa in the areas of community-engaged research, child protection, youth employment, foster care, health care, poverty reduction, project management and community development. Her scholarship interests include women and social policy, student service-learning, mindfulness practices, and social work education—particularly the advancement of higher education through trauma-informed, contemplative, and arts-based pedagogies.
Chanelle Tye (she/her) is an equity and inclusion collaborator and facilitator who specializes in the areas of anti-racism and LGBTQ2S+ inclusion. She has a Master of Education in Equity Studies from Simon Fraser University with a focus on improving outcomes for organizational equity, diversity, and inclusion training. With 10 years of experience as an out queer public school teacher, she was recently the Provincial Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity (SOGI) Education Lead with British Columbia’s Ministry of Education. Currently, she partners with a gaggle of equity and inclusion specialists to educate about bringing justice to an unjust world.
Amea Wilbur (she, her, hers) is an Assistant Professor at the University of the Fraser Valley and worked in the settlement sector for many years in Vancouver. She holds an EdD from the Department of Educational Studies, UBC. Her doctorate explored ways to make government-funded language training more inclusive for students who have experienced trauma. She has facilitated numerous workshops on trauma-informed practices for settlement and language providers both provincially and nationally. Amea is a certified MBSR Instructor and was the co-coordinator of Mindfulness-Based Teaching and Learning (MBTL) Graduate Certificate Program.
Julia Lane (she/her/hers) is a queer, vegan feminist. She is also a white settler who lives, mothers, writes, and teaches on unceded Coast Salish territories. She holds a PhD in Arts Education from Simon Fraser University and her dissertation is about the application of a theatrical clowning practice to scholarship, specifically researching, teaching, and writing. Her master’s degree is from Trent University’s Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies program and her M.A. thesis focused on environmental education. She completed her undergraduate studies at York University in the theatre department, specializing in theatre creation and performance. Julia is currently a Writing Services Coordinator with the Student Learning Commons where she wrote (and is constantly revising) the SLC’s Inclusive and Antiracist Writing Guide.
Doaa Magdy is a graduate student and a teaching assistant at the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University. Mohameed’s research interests focus on the exploration of race and female agency in contemporary horror films, and dance as a movement to reclaim cultural identity and dismantle white supremacy within marginalized communities.
Anushay Malik is a labour historian with a geographical focus on South Asia. Her teaching and research interests focus on labour movements with particular attention to the space of the city and the way in which it affects worker organization and possibilities. This idea, of possibilities, underlies most of her work and was the main focus of her PhD dissertation that explored how expansive political imaginations, made possible by the end of WWII and decolonization, made workers in Pakistan think that a revolution was possible. Malik spent some time as a research fellow at the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam working on a comparative project exploring how Partition in 1947 impacted the labour networks of Bangladeshi, Pakistani and Indian sea-faring workers. Anushay moved back to Pakistan in 2014 and joined LUMS (Lahore University of Management Services) as an Assistant Professor, where she has been teaching courses on global histories of migration, nationalism in South Asia, labour and urban history and Pakistani history. Since 2019, Anushay has been a faculty member at SFU’s Department of History and Department of Labour Studies.
Bee Brigidi (Latinx/ella/she/elle/ela). Bees are known to be hard workers, effective collaborators, and harmonious beings—and that’s who I strive to be as an educational developer in the Curriculum and Instruction Division at CEE. Besides working through EDI through inclusive teaching, critical pedagogy, and anti-oppression education, I am a motherscholar, a daughter, a friend, and a huge fan of forests! My grandparents are within who I am, and every day I strive to honour them wherever they are, and in all I do. I have a PhD in History and Indigenous Studies from University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB), and I have been a faculty member and a multidisciplinary scholar privileged to learn and unlearn from a range of experiences in communities and institutions such as the University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Community College, Quest University, McGill University, and John Abbott College, among others.
Zoreen Nuraney. Grow Through, What We Go Through—that’s what I strive to live by as a lifelong learner. It is with an inclusive lens that I take on my role as an Educational Developer, with a focus on building support programming for international teaching assistants. With a B.Ed. from McGill University in Foreign Language Teaching & Learning and an M.Ed. from the University of Ottawa in Organizational Studies & Management, I have worn my educator hat in many unique settings, both in and out of the classroom. From managing the civilian deployment training program at Global Affairs Canada and evaluating teacher training programs in Palestinian refugee camps in Beirut, to developing the K–12 performing arts program in New Delhi and re-instituting the foreign language department at the University of Central Asia in Khorog, I strive to leverage my international multicultural connections in all that I do. Having lived outside of Canada for 20 years, I draw from personal experiences of moving across countries, learning languages, setting up routines and of course making new friends when approaching my work to support the unique needs of our international student population.
Janet Pivnick is an educational consultant in the SFU Centre for Educational Excellence. She has a PhD in philosophy of education from the University of Calgary and is active in supporting the Curriculum Indigenization and Decolonization initiative at SFU.
Eilidh Singh is an EAL consultant in the SFU Centre for Educational Excellence. She has taught in a variety of settings in Japan, Greece and Canada and has worked in online and face-to-face teacher training, program management and administration, course and workshop design and delivery, conference presentations, and language coaching.
Amanda Wallace is an EAL consultant and language-acquisition specialist in the SFU Centre for Educational Excellence. She has more than 15 years’ experience teaching courses in academic writing, communication and content-based English as a Second Language (ESL) and English for Specific Purposes (ESP).