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Monday, May 11 • 10:45am - 12:05pm
Diversity Circles: Creating a campus culture that models positive responses to diversity guided by an Indigenous framework

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Diversity Circles: Creating a campus culture that models positive responses to diversity guided by an Indigenous framework

Following a successful 2-year pilot funded by SSHRC, Diversity Circles has moved into being a regular funded BCIT initiative within the Office of Respect, Diversity, and Inclusion at BCIT. Yet Diversity Circles is not a typical D & I model; using an Indigenous framework we bring stakeholders together from each area and level of the organization, flattening bureaucratic hierarchies and creating safe spaces to have difficult and enriching conversations.

This interactive session will present our strengths-based model which follows an Indigenous framework for positively encountering diversity. This includes increasing our sensitivity to various forms of diversity such as Indigenous and other cultural groups, gender identity, and neurodiversity, and learning to leverage diversity on our teams. Through sharing of personal and family stories we can recognize how diverse connections to land and language can form a shared fabric among participants. During the session we will break into small groups to discuss specific examples and strategies for our own contexts, and share back to the big group.


Shannon Kelly

Continuing Education Program Head, School of Computing and Academic Studies, British Columbia Institute of Technology

Zaa Joseph

Advisor, BCIT

Monday May 11, 2020 10:45am - 12:05pm PDT
Salon E

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