Guest Post: Dr. Steven Schroeder, Peacebuilding in Turbulent Times

Peacebuilding in Turbulent Times The hallmark of the UN International Day of Peace, which is observed annually on September 21, is a  24-hour period of nonviolence and ceasefire in conflict zones.  The UN intended to have people focus on how to foster peace work around the globe in keeping with an established theme.  This year’s … Read more

Guest Post: Dr. Awneet Sivia, Associate Professor, Teacher Education

International Literacy Day is commemorated on September 8th of each year and draws attention to the importance of literacy and its direct relationship to human rights. While every person has the right to learn to read and write, UNESCO reports 773 million adults and young people globally are still lacking basic literacy. A combination of … Read more

Guest Post: Dr. Keith Carlson, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous and Community-Engaged History

Dr. Keith Carlson

Give up privilege — In her recent guest post on this blog, Dr. Satwinder Kaur Bains provides us (people of European descent) with a clear and powerful call to action: To move past rhetorical statements denouncing racism and to instead take tangible steps to change ourselves — and in the process to dismantle the structures … Read more

Guest Post: Dr. Satwinder Kaur Bains, Director of the South Asian Studies Institute

Satwinder Kaur Bains

A call to action – have you heard this before? Not so long ago, a small brown girl attending a school in Abbotsford in a mostly white, privileged neighbourhood found herself being paraded around classrooms by her white teacher one morning. The teacher showed her off with great flourish to the other white teachers, saying … Read more

June 24 Virtual Town Hall

Town Hall

UFV held its first virtual town hall last week. My thanks go out to those of you who participated in the live session and submitted questions. For those of you who couldn’t participate in the live event, here’s a recording.  If you have any feedback or questions, please reach out: Email the President’s Office … Read more