Exploring tensions and opportunities of community-university engagement work within colonial systems, Part 2

Co-Hosted by: Community Engagement and UBC Equity & Inclusion Office

Location: Online with Zoom

Date & Time: Wednesday May 3rd, 2023 at 9:30-11:00am (PDT)

Event Description

This month, we are continuing meaningful self-reflection and the dialogue on colonial systems at play within our community engagement work. Join us again, or for the first time, to learn and share with colleagues about the supports you have found helpful for thinking about (de)colonialism in your work and where you’ve seen, supported or led thoughtful decolonial work at UBC. By the end of this virtual session we hope that you will feel more connected to your colleagues, and leave feeling inspired to continue this important work. 

Co-facilitators: Donna Langille (UBC Okanagan Library), Jenica Frisque (Equity & Inclusion Office) and Kat Cureton (Community Engagement)


  • To create space for more dialogue and reflection on this topic with a particular focus on learning and sharing what is working well.
  • To continue breaking down silos between units and building interconnectedness between staff at UBCO and UBCV.


1) Intro to the topic + examples raised in part 1.
2) Small group conversations (breakout rooms) on discussion questions:

  • What supports have you found helpful for thinking about (de)colonialism in your work? .
  • Where have you seen or done work that feels good?

3) Reflection exercise + opportunities to keep the conversation going.