Academic Well-Being of Racialized Students Book Event

  • Date: November 26, 2021
  • Starts: 6:00pm
  • Location: Virtual

Join us for a panel discussion with Dr. Benita Bunjun, Dr. Dorothy Christian, Isalean Phillip, Wayne Desmond, Timi Idris & Dr. Yvonne Brown.

About this event Saint Mary’s University Alumni in collaboration with Fernwood Publishing, Venus Envy, and Racialized Students Academic Network present Academic Well-Being of Racialized Students (2021) Book Event. Join us for a panel discussion with contributors Dr. Benita Bunjun, Dr. Dorothy Christian, Isalean Phillip, Wayne Desmond, Timi Idris as moderator and Dr. Yvonne Brown as discussant.

MODERATOR Timi Idris (SMU MA’19) was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria. She holds an MA in Criminology from Saint Mary’s University. Her area of research focuses on corruption in government, corporate crime, white-collar crime, and policy development. Currently, Timi works at Dalhousie University and is an alumni member of the Racialized Students Academic Network (RSAN).

PANELISTS Dr. Benita Bunjun (UBC PhD’12) is an Associate Professor at Saint Mary’s University in the Department of Social Justice and Community Studies. Her research examines organizational and institutional power relations with a focus on colonial encounters and nation building within academic spaces and workplaces. She is currently the Faculty Coordinator for The Racialized Students Academic Network (RSAN) and works with racialized students and international students at various universities to promote their scholarship, well-being, and self-advocacy in the areas of academia, tenancy, and mental health.

Wayne Desmond (SMU BA’20) was born and raised in the African Nova Scotian Community of New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. His family originates from Mulgrave, Birchtown village and Upper Big Tracadie in Guysborough County. He is a Saint Mary’s University alumnus who majored in Criminology. He is currently a second-year student at Dalhousie University enrolled in the Schulich School of Law. Wayne is a committed son, uncle, mentor, and activist. Wayne formerly wrote for The Nova Scotia Advocate, and works for MacGillivray Injury and Insurance Law Office.

Isalean Phillip (SMU BA’16 MA’19) completed her MA in Women and Gender Studies at Saint Mary’s University and is from the Caribbean island of St. Kitts & Nevis. Her research focuses on the marginalization and exclusion of women of colour in prominent positions of power, authority, and leadership, particularly within academia.

Dr. Dorothy Christian (Cucw-la7) (UBC PhD’17) is of the Secwepemc and Syilx Nations from the interior of British Columbia; her home community of Splatsin is one of seventeen communities that comprise the Secwepemc Nation. Indigenous cultural knowledge informed her PhD at the Department of Educational Studies at UBC, which focused on Indigenous visual storytelling/filmmaking practices. Dr. Christian currently serves as the Associate Director, Indigenous Policy & Pedagogy, Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies at Simon Fraser University.

DISCUSSANT Dr. Yvonne Brown (UBC EdD’05) is a distinguished educator in various roles as a public-school teacher, university lecturer, education policy analyst, manager of international initiatives in higher education, and a school trustee. Her research interests extend beyond issues in the sociology of education to the African and Diaspora history, literature, and African/Black feminist philosophy. She currently researches and writes about the social, political, and economic legacies of the transatlantic slave trade, plantation-chattel slavery, and post-emancipation in the America’s. Out of this research has come the second edition of her 2010 memoir Dead Woman Pickney: A Memoir of Childhood in Jamaica (February 2022). Dr. Brown is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Social Justice and Community Studies at Saint Mary’s University.

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