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Student Profile: Allen Yee
Educational Theory and Practice doctoral student in the Faculty of Education
Professionally, I have been working in post-secondary for the past decade, first with international and study abroad students, and recently, in academic advising. There was a short stint to UBC, but that did not last very long as I was drawn back to the mountain. It was probably the snow, I do love snow. Academically, I finished my BA, PSYC Major at UBC and completed the MEd,Contemplative Inquiry program here at SFU.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO SFU?
I was fortunate enough to take EDUC437 (Ethical Issues in Education) with Dr. Heesoon Bai. This course transformed my perspective towards education, which led me to the Master of Education (MEd) in Contemplative Inquiry and Approaches in Education here at SFU. I wanted to continue working, studying, and researching with Dr. Bai, so SFU was my first and only choice.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR RESEARCH OR YOUR PROGRAM TO A FAMILY MEMBER?
I am interested in the impact of contemplative practices in post-secondary administration. All educators teach more than their subject, whether they want to or not. Some of these extraneous teachings are overt, for example, a bias they may openly admit. Some of these extraneous teachings are subtle; they may have stress and concerns which would affect their work. These subtleties can have drastic effects on the classroom and learning environment. This is an example of my research in contemplative inquiry. What is on the outside is on the inside, and what is inside magnifies outward. So how can we support these educators, inside and out? One way this can happen is through contemplative practice. Contemplative practices are activities that help us better understand our inside and how it affects the outside. Some contemplative practice examples are mindfulness, meditation, land-based practices, gratitude, art, etc. I am interested in how these practices affect the infrastructure, the administrators who support the educators.
WHAT ARE YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOYING ABOUT YOUR STUDIES/RESEARCH AT SFU?
The openness, support, and generosity from the faculty members, and the university. A special thank you to Dr. Heesoon Bai, Dr. Laurie Anderson, Dr. Charles Scott, Dr. Kumari Beck, Dr. Vicki Kelly, Dr. Celeste Snowber and Dr. Wanda Cassidy for their support and guidance.
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE?
I am grateful and fortunate to live, work, study, and play on the unceded traditional territories of the səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.
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