PUBlic Professor Series | Dr. Sandra Dixon: Owning my Voice and Speaking my Truth in Academic Spaces

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This talk will address my positionality as a woman of colour at a predominantly White university that values liberal education, where individuals are expected to “foster free inquiry and the critical interpretation of ideas” (University of Lethbridge, n.d., para 2). However, this expectation is not always translated into transformative actions. As such, I will shed light on how the resilience of my faith has empowered me to deal with complexity, diversity and change in dominant White spaces, where colonial ideas are privileged over alternative ways of knowing and being. The value of my scholarship that aims to give voice to the unheard stories and othering of people from non-dominant backgrounds will be highlighted. Attendees will be invited to reflect on their privilege and consider ways to take a nonperformative stance that “walk the talk.” By embracing an action-oriented stance, they will be challenged to advocate for EDI initiatives that dismantle social injustices. They will also be encouraged to push back against performative activism that fails to take a stand against anti-racism and other forms of “isms” in our society.

Dr. Sandra Dixon is a Registered Psychologist in Alberta and an Associate Professor at the University of Lethbridge. Her program of research encompasses culturally adapted counselling practices amongst minoritized groups, cultural identity reconstruction, and ethno-cultural diversity issues which include but are not limited to the intersectionality of spirituality/religion, class, race, and gender across socio-cultural contexts. She currently serves on the Boards of the Lethbridge Family Services, Psychologists’ Association of Alberta, and the Alberta Network of Immigrant Women (ANIW). She has published a wide range of work that addresses racial trauma, faith, cultural identity reconstruction, immigration, culturally adapted and socially informed counselling.

She has received several awards for her excellence in teaching, research, and practice including the 2023 Psychologists’ Association of Alberta Excellence in Teaching Psychology Award, the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association Research, Professional Article Award, the Professor Cecille DePass Research Award through the Farquharson Institute of Public Affairs (FIPA), the EDI Scholar Award at the University of Lethbridge (2021- 2022) and the 2022 People’s Choice Award by the Alberta Black Therapists Network.

Room or Area: 
Sandman Lodge - Upper Ballrooms

FREE, everyone is welcome


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