We will be constantly updating events throughout the semester, check below to find out more and register for events that you may be interested in.

 

Cinda Heeren: Redefining the Base Case: Broadening Participation in Computing by Embracing a New Historical Narrative

Date: July 22, 2021 12:30 pm PST

Tickets: For registration and zoom link, please email cs-diversity-chair@sfu.ca

Contact: For more information, please contact: seinfo@sfu.ca

Computer Science Diversity Committee (CSDC) & Student Experiences Initiative (SEI) invites you to join Dr. Cinda Heeren's webinar, Redefining the Base Case: Broadening Participation in Computing by Embracing a New Historical Narrative. 

Cinda Heeren is a Professor of Teaching and Associate Head of Undergraduate Programs in the computer science department at the University of British Columbia. Her consistent, engaging work in UBC’s core-CS Data Structures course was recognized with the Killam Teaching Prize in Spring 2020.

Cinda champions inclusive assessment strategies facilitated primarily by an accessible, modern, freely available, scalable, online assessment tool called PrairieLearn. Her most recent creative project is the development of a data structures and algorithms course designed specifically for non-CS majors, that ties together classic problems from CS with applications from the arts and sciences.

Cinda continues to be a vocal advocate for diversifying the field of computing through outreach, program development, and undergraduate community-building. She is the Chair of the CS Department’s Committee on Outreach, Diversity, and Equity (CODE), and she evangelizes for inclusive and innovative teaching practices at every level of instruction.

Wendy Powley: Tips to Increase Participation of Women in Computer Science

Date: July 8, 2021 12:30 pm PST

Tickets: For registration and zoom link, please email cs-diversity-chair@sfu.ca

Contact: For more information, please contact: seinfo@sfu.ca

Computer Science Diversity Committee (CSDC) & Student Experiences Initiative (SEI) invites you to join Wendy Powley's webinar, Tips to Increase Participation of Women in Computer Science. 

Wendy Powley is a computer scientist and diversity and inclusion advocate. Her main area of research includes database management systems and cloud computing. She has served as an executive member of ACM-W, Associate Program Chair of SIGSCE, and Diversity and Outreach committee of CS-CAN/Info-CAN. She is the founder of CAN-CWIC, bringing the ACM celebration of women in computing to Canada. She is currently an Associate Professor in School of Computing, Queen's university. 

 

A Conversation with Billy-Ray Belcourt

Date: June 17, 4:00 pm PST

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SFU Student Experience Initiative presents a conversation with writer and scholar Dr. Billy-Ray Belcourt from the Driftpile Cree Nation in northwestern Alberta. Dr. Belcourt is an Assistant Professor in the School of Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia. The author of This Would is a World, NDN Coping Mechanisms, and A History of My Brief Body, Dr. Belcourt is 2020 Governor General's Award Finalist in non-fiction. Their books can be found and purchased from Massy Books  - https://www.massybooks.com/

He will be joined by Nisga'a writer Dr. Jordan Abel as he shares his experiences as a graduate student, and reads from his work. The conversation and Q & A following will be moderated by SFU Department of English PhD Candidate Mackenzie Ground, a nehiyawiskwew and a writer from Enoch Cree Nation and Edmonton, Alberta, Treaty Six.

 

The Good and the Bad of Black Grad

Date: Various episodes to come, visit the link below to learn more.

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The many crises and disruptions that occurred in 2020 have exposed and highlighted systemic racism worldwide. Canadian universities were not exempt from this reckoning. While often claiming to prioritize diversity and inclusion on their campuses, the fact remains that relatively few Black people can be found at Canadian universities. Furthermore, the absence of race-based data has empowered the Canadian Academy to deny its own racism with little consequence, while simultaneously undermining any calls to action expressed by racialized people.

At this particular moment in time, however, many higher education institutions across Canada are poised to critically (re-)assess their anti-racism strategies. As the infrastructure for the collection of quantitative race-based data slowly but surely gains momentum, the perspectives of Black community members can offer invaluable first-hand qualitative information.

The aim of this five-part webinar series is to create a space for dialogue that encourages Black academics to share their stories and experiences. These webinars will provide a platform to amplify the multitude of Black voices that are scattered across the country, with the ultimate goal of creating a digital anthology of the experiences of Black students and post-docs in Canada today. It is our hope that these diverse stories will serve to make connections among Black scholars, to inform University administrators of the challenges experienced by Black students, and to inspire prospective students to pursue and eventually achieve their educational goals.

A Conversation with Jordan Abel - Nishga: Dissertation, Memoir, Research-Creation

Date: Thursday, January 14, 2021 from 4:00 pm - 6:00pm PST

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Join Nisga’a writer and scholar Dr. Jordan Abel and his former doctoral supervisor Dr. Deanna Reder as they discuss his SFU PhD experience.

SFU Student Experience Initiative presents a conversation with Nisga’a writer and scholar from Vancouver, Dr. Jordan Abel, Assistant Professor in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta. Dr. Abel is the author of Injun, the Place of Scraps, Un/Inhabited and received his PhD from SFU in 2019. He will be joined by Dr. Deanna Reder to share his experiences as a graduate student and researcher. Dr. Deanna Reder (Cree-Métis) is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Indigenous Studies and the Department of English at Simon Fraser University.

About Jordan Abel: Dr. Jordan Abel is a renowned scholar and author who has won numerous awards for his poetry, including Injun, The Place of Scraps, and Un/Inhabited. His work has appeared in Canadian Literature, The Capilano Review, and Poetry Is Dead. His visual poetry has been featured in exhibitions at the Polygon Gallery, UNITT/PITT Gallery, and the Oslo Pilot Project Room in Oslo, Norway. His latest project, NISHGA, (from McClelland & Stewart in 2020) is an autobiographical work that addresses the complexities of contemporary Indigenous experience and the intergenerational impact of the residential school system.

Dr. Jordan Abel Website: https://www.jordanabel.ca/

Dr. Deanna Reder Faculty Page: https://www.sfu.ca/indg/about/people/deanna-reder.html