Talking About Race (with help from Ijeoma Oluo)

Looking beyond the pandemic

For the last few months, the President’s Office has been talking about race. Using Ijeoma Oluo’s So You Want to Talk About Race (2019) as our guide, we have been setting aside time to gather as a group, and to face the challenges of racism as well as the opportunities to dismantle it. Our conversations … Read more

Guest Post: Holly Janzen — There’s room for everyone

Dr. Geetanjali Gill, Assistant Professor in UFV’s Global Development Studies (GDS) program and fourth year GDS student Holly Janzen have both been selected by the British Columbia Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC) as delegates to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) event this month. This year’s event is focused on gender-based … Read more

Guest Post: Dr. Geetanjali Gill, Putting a Lens on Marginalization and Exclusion and Advocating for Youth Engagement in Global Development

My experiences as a member of the Punjabi community in British Columbia first led me to think about gender and racial inequalities and the need to challenge prejudice and discrimination.  Frequent travels to visit extended family in India also opened my eyes to the existence of suffering and inequity on a global scale. When I … Read more

Guest Post: Kayla McBee, the Moose Hide Campaign

Kayla McBee, a member of the Lower Nicola Indian Band, is completing her Master of Social Work degree at the University of the Fraser Valley. Working with Shirley Hardman as her advisor, Kayla chose to focus on the Moose Hide Campaign for her final major paper. In this excerpt from her paper, Kayla explores the origins … Read more

End the Stigma — Bell Let’s Talk Day, 2021

Robbyn Bennett

It’s okay, not to be okay. Every day is a good day to talk about mental health, and today we shine light on an important issue that more than 1 in 5 Canadians will struggle with during their lifetime – our mental health. According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, there are more than … Read more

Video: Our resilience, our mission

Looking beyond the pandemic

Dear colleague, As we settle into the winter term, we’re reminded that one year ago we began hearing of a virus that has since shaken our world, changed the way we live, and the way we educate. And yet, thanks to you, the fundamentals of our mission: engaging learners, transforming lives, and building community have … Read more

Guest Post: Christine Slavik and Monique Goerzen, Child, Youth and Family Studies, UFV National Child Day

November 20th is National Child Day – November 20th is National Child Day when Canadians celebrate children. This date has been recognized in Canada since 1993 and commemorates the adoption of two documents on children’s rights: the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child (November 20, 1959), and the United Nations Convention on … Read more

Letting the light in

Looking beyond the pandemic

Dear Colleagues, Here we are, deep into November, which is competing aggressively against April for the title of “cruelest month.” The curve that we flattened over summer is bending upward again, returning us to our household bubbles. I’m particularly missing daylight and sunshine – as I draft this message in the late afternoon of a grey, … Read more

Thank you and a reminder

Looking beyond the pandemic

Dear colleagues, As we approach the last half of the fall semester, I want to thank you. You have responded incredibly well by adapting to the pandemic and I’m very pleased to see UFV students, faculty, and staff doing our part to ensure that our university remains healthy and safe. I know if you have … Read more