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International Domestic Workers’ Day

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Today is International Domestic Workers’ Day. The often invisible labour of these essential workers deserves acknowledgement and support, and their difficult labour deserves to be valued. COVID-19 highlighted the challenges women face in our societies. It aggravated these challenges, as many women face an increased workload at home and significant losses in the labour market. … Read more

International Day of the African Child

For the International Day of the African Child, CHASI is pleased to welcome Dr. Cherie Enns, UFV student Jacqueline Fanta, and UFV alum Njavwa Mukwavi to share the history of the day and their own reflections. Dr. Cherie Enns My name is Dr. Cherie Enns, and I teach in both Global Development Studies and the … Read more

Confronting Anxieties

Quote from Jeff Mijo-Burch, CHASI Social Media & Communications Intern: " This elevated level of anxiety, this vague and sometimes unconscious sense of fear that people are feeling in a crowded grocery store or at the thought of returning to a workplace or classroom, is similar to the feeling those of us with anxiety disorders experience for much of our lives." URL links to

To mark Action Anxiety Day, CHASI Social Media and Web Communication Intern Jeff Mijo-Burch is sharing some of his personal experience with anxiety to consider as we prepare for an anxiety-filled transition to a post-pandemic world. Today, June 10, is the first annual Action Anxiety Day. This day, which calls on supporters to spread awareness, … Read more

Announcement: Industry partnerships help secure $45,000 award for three UFV undergrads

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Collaborations with community partners and high-quality student research experiences are key for one research centre at Abbotsford’s University of the Fraser Valley (UFV). The Community Health and Social Innovation Hub (CHASI) recently welcomed three undergraduate UFV students as research assistants (RA) thanks to $45,000 in awards from Canadian research non-profit Mitacs and a partnership with … Read more

Revealing Systemic Racism and Inequalities in BC: Using disaggregated demographic and race-based data

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On March 17, the Community Health and Social Innovation Hub (CHASI) partnered with BC’s Office of the Human Rights Commissioner (BCOHRC), UFV’s Race and Antiracism Network, and the South Asian Studies Institute to present “Revealing Systemic Racism and Inequalities in BC: Using disaggregated demographic and race-based data.” This is a recording of that virtual conversation … Read more

National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

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For the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, CHASI’s graphic design intern Celina Koops shares the following illustration and reflection. It was important for me as an Indigenous woman to mark this day of awareness for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. I want my illustration to honour … Read more

Sikh Heritage Month: Meaning, Purpose and a History of Activism

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As Sikh Heritage Month draws to a close, CHASI and UFV’s South Asian Studies Institute (SASI) collaborated to share reflections from SASI Research Fellow Dr. Inder Mann on the long history of Sikh activism, and how it continues through the present day. In commemorating Sikh Heritage Month in BC and all over Canada, we take … Read more

Report: UFV student experiences of COVID-19

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Tier 1 Canada Research Chair Dr. Cindy Jardine, in partnership with CHASI and UFV’s South Asian Studies Institute, has released a report titled “UFV COVID-19 Student Experiences with Travel, Health, and COVID-19.” The report summarizes the responses given by nearly 1,500 UFV students who participated in a survey issued in April 2020, at the outset … Read more