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Dr. Sharanjit Kaur Sandhra advocates spaces of belonging on the CHASIcast

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The CHASIcast is back! Continuing on our trend of speaking to great friends and colleagues of CHASI, like Dr. Jacqueline Nolte, we turn this time to Dr. Sharanjit Kaur Sandhra. Dr. Sandhra has been the coordinator for UFV’s South Asian Studies Institute for over a decade, is the co-curator at the Sikh Heritage Museum, co-chair … Read more

Channeling Youth Voices documentary screened at Chilliwack’s Conversation on Children and Youth

Channeling Youth Voices — Reflection Series, a documentary short formed with video submissions from participants in a year-long participatory research collaboration between CHASI researchers and Chilliwack youth, was screened tonight to an engaged crowd at Chilliwack’s Conversation on Children and Youth, hosted by the Chilliwack Child and Youth Committee. Following the screening, a panel of … Read more

The CHASIcast

Based out of the University of the Fraser Valley on the unceded traditional lands of the Sto:lo people, we are the Community Health and Social Innovation Hub, or CHASI for short. We support the social, mental, emotional, physical, and economic health of those living in our communities by bringing together experts from across disciplines. Those … Read more

Chilliwack youth share their stories in collaboration with CHASI

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This week, Channeling Youth Voices, a year-long participatory research collaboration between CHASI researchers and Chilliwack youth, hosted a celebratory thank-you dinner for all the youth involved in the project. The event was put on at the Chilliwack Cyrus Centre by youth, for youth, and featured a documentary co-created by eight Chilliwack youth and CHASI’s Greg … Read more

Valuable reading for the Transgender Day of Visibility

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March 31 marks the International Transgender Day of Visibility, and the CHASI team would like to reiterate our wholehearted support and celebration of our trans friends, family, and colleagues. We also urge cisgender individuals to invest some time today listening to trans voices, and to take the initiative of educating yourself on ways to support … Read more

CHASI’s first podcast shares the wisdom of Dr. Jacqueline Nolte

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The Community Health and Social Innovation Hub (CHASI) is thrilled to share the first episode of our new podcast: the CHASIcast, a monthly program where we drill down on a current topic and chat about how it impacts our lives.   Our debut episode features an interview with Dr. Jacqueline Nolte, who recently stepped down from … Read more

BLM art exhibit calls out systemic racism

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“I want Black people to see the work and to feel connected to it, especially here where … there’s not a lot of representation. To feel at home in a place where we’re not really wanted. Where we’re discriminated against.”  In 2021, four Fraser Valley artists created a series of paintings with a clear focus … Read more

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An Exciting Future for Celina Koops

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Today is a bittersweet day at CHASI as our wonderful graphic design/illustration intern Celina Koops leaves to begin a new career with Indigenous Youth Wellness. For more than a year, Celina has been an integral part of not just the CHASI team, but also of CHASI’s identity. After creating dozens of illustrations, animations, and graphics, … Read more

Dr. Karun Karki publishes work on student perceptions of Social Work roles

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CHASI Faculty Associate Dr. Karun Karki is the co-author of an article published this week in the Journal of Social Work Education. MSW Students’ Perception of the Professional Identity of the Social Work Practitioner and the Social Work Researcher: Considerations for Educators explores how social work students conceptualize differences between social work practitioners and researchers, … Read more