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The WIL Justice, Equity, and Inclusion (JEI) Team respectfully acknowledges that Simon Fraser University is on the unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), q̓íc̓əy̓ (Katzie), kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), Qayqayt, Kwantlen, Semiahmoo and Tsawwassen peoples. Learn more
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The WIL JEI Team is dedicated to working with students, WIL practitioners, employers, and community partners to offer more just, equitable, inclusive, and empowering Co-op and WIL opportunities.
WIL TO EMPOWER WEBINAR
Recorded: September 12, 2022
Recent years have seen increased attention to the topic of justice, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. This panel discussion considers these issues in relation to the strengths, needs, and specific vulnerabilities of student workers whose employment is tied to their academic endeavours and/or professional certifications. What does safety and inclusion for students in work-integrated learning environments mean or look like? What are the impacts of current social and institutional contexts for fostering safety and inclusion in work-integrated learning environments? And crucially, how do we nurture safe and inclusive work and learning environments in contexts where injustices and oppressions persist?
Meet the Panelists :
Alejandro Campos-Garcia is a visitor in the land of the W̱SÁNEĆ and Songhees Peoples, on whose traditional territories, he live, learn, and play. Alejandro is the Associate Director Human Rights and Equity Diversity and Inclusion at Royal Roads University. He use the pronouns he/his/him. Alejandro is a sociologist and has devoted his scholarship and practice to the study of human rights regimes, policy and normative developments in both domestic and international arenas. As an Equity Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) practitioner, Alejandro has had the opportunity to convene research on post-secondary institutions’ policies, governance systems, processes and organizational culture in the areas of anti-discrimination, accommodation, barrier prevention and removal, and EDI training. He has also been involved in the design of EDI capacity building strategies. Alejandro is a father, a spouse, a son and a sibling.
Rea Chatterjee is a student organizer, equity and inclusion advocate and former VP equity and sustainability at the Simon Fraser Student Society. She is living on the stolen and unceded land of the Semiahmoo, Katzie, Kwantlen, W̱SÁNEĆ and Stó:lō First Nations.
Currently, Rea is working on her degree in Psychology, Gender, Sexuality and Women’s studies as well as counselling and human development. Alongside her studies, Rea is an active student organizer with equity-seeking groups on and off campus for Climate Justice, Tuition Freeze, No Cops on Campus, Stop TMX, Justice for Palestine, Migrant Rights, Teaching Support Staff + Contract Workers Rights and Justice for unhoused community members.
As a queer, disabled, person of colour and first-generation Bengali, Rea deeply cares about building community and movements which intersect across all struggles. As someone who has also been in unsafe, exclusive and unhealthy working environments, Rea is very grateful to be a part of this panel, share her experience and bring a student perspective.
Kwe! I am Renée Livernoche and I trace my roots to the Innu Nation of Québec and to the French settlers of Trois-Rivières. I am privileged to be born and raised on the lək̓ʷəŋən Territory amongst the Coast Salish Peoples of the Pacific North West Coast of Turtle Island (Victoria, British Columbia, Canada). I owe my gratitude and hold my hands up to the local Salish, Nuu-chah-nulth and Kwakwaka’wakw Elders and knowledge holders for sharing with me their cultural teachings and worldviews over the years. I have a background in education, youth work and job coaching and have been of service to the local Indigenous nations for over two decades.
As the LE,NONET Experiential Learning Coordinator at the University of Victoria, I co-teach the LE,NONET Preparation Seminar and help Indigenous students find meaningful work in their field of study. Students come see me to explore culturally relevant LE,NONET community internships and research apprenticeships as well as co-op and career opportunities. I have a strong belief that everyone has a profound impact on the world they live in and I am dedicated to working collaboratively with others in order to learn, share and build healthy, open communities.
Sae Hoon Stan Chung
Dr Sae Hoon Stan Chung is a writer, researcher, and consultant. He was born in Seoul, Korea and raised in Canada. He has written, and spoken widely, in both public and academic forums.He completed his PhD at the University of British Columbia and wrote his dissertation on improvisation, neuroscience, and quantum listening in Pauline Oliveros.
He is Senior Advisor at the Ktunaxa Nation Council and former Vice President Academic and Applied Research at the College of the Rockies.Stan was also Vice President Academic and Research at Red River College and Dean of Arts and Science at Camosun College. He has served as a board member of the Cranbrook History Centre, Aqaam Community Enterprise, and Kakin Development Corp. He is serving his second term as Chair of the BC Arts Council.
Over the years Stan has formed a strong emotional bond with his readers. He bravely takes on topics like suicide, death of his parents, and anti-racism struggles. Stan discovered the more he risked, the more he connected to his readers and the global community.Stan continues to balance his work and family life. He is happily married with two adult children. He has lived in Cranbrook, BC on Ktunaxa territory since 2014.
Moderated by Amie McLean