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ULFA presents Respect and Diversity Week, Mar. 10-14

The University of Lethbridge Faculty Association's Gender, Equity and Diversity Caucus is presenting its 4th Annual Respect & Diversity Week, Mar. 10-14.

Initiated in 2011, the week has worked to initiate and stimulate conversations about respect and diversity on campus, with the ultimate goal to promote respect and diversity to enhance the U of L workplace.

The Changing Face of Inclusion is the theme for this year's event. The week's activities will explore how ideas and practices about inclusion have changed through time, and how people from different generations and backgrounds understand and experience inclusivity.

Throughout the week, the goal is to raise awareness about the shifting nature of inclusion, and the various ways people can come to terms with changes in what respect and diversity has meant in the past, means today, and might mean in the future.

Check out the following lineup of events.

Monday, Mar, 10 ~ 12 to 1 p.m., L1170A

Open Doors and Silent Voices: Conducting Oral History Interviews with the Ivy Benson Band

Using material from over 80 oral history interviews, Dr. Jenna Bailey will discuss the lives and careers of musicians in the Ivy Benson Band, the first nationally known and longest running all girl band in British history (1940-­1985). Dr. Bailey will address the historical dismissal of female popular musicians based on gender and sexuality and explore how this impacted the process of oral history interviewing. Presented in partnership with the Centre for Oral History and Tradition.

Tuesday, Mar. 11 ~ 12:15- to 1:30 p.m., AH118

Spoken Word: Changing Face/s of Inclusion

Building on last year’s success, we would like to invite faculty, staff, and students to participate in a Spoken Word event again this year. We’re looking for people interested in speaking, performing, acting, reciting, reading, improvising, or ranting a short (3 minutes maximum) piece that is in some way related to any aspect of diversity and inclusion. If you are interested in participating, please contact Sandra Cowan at or 403-­332-­4465.

We welcome submissions by YouTube or mp4 from Calgary and Edmonton campuses. All performers will receive a certificate of participation.

Wednesday, Mar. 12 ~ 7 p.m., Lethbridge Public Library

Movie Night: Amreeka

Presented in partnership with the Lethbridge Public Library, the award-­winning Amreeka chronicles the adventures of Muna, a single mother who leaves the West Bank with Fadi, her teenage son, with dreams of an exciting future in the promised land of small-­town Illinois. Told with heartfelt humor by writer/director Cherien Dabis, Amreeka is a universal journey into the lives of a family of immigrants and first-­‐generation teenagers caught between their heritage, the new world in which they now live and the bittersweet search for a place to call home.

Thursday, Mar. 13 ~ 3:05 to 4:20 p.m., AH116

Workshop: Managing Inclusion in the Classroom: Sexism, Homophobia and Discrimination

This event is intended to help instructors build inclusive classrooms in which all students feel welcome and empowered to learn. The workshop will be discussion based, and focus on prejudicial behaviour generally, with specific attention to dealing with racism, sexism and homophobia. A representative of the Alberta Teachers' Association will facilitate the conversation.

Faculty and graduate students are invited to participate. Please feel free to spread the word to anyone you think might be interested in attending.

If you are interested in participating, please contact John Sheriff at or 403-­329-­2086.

Friday, Mar. 14, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., L1168

Two Decades of Change in Higher Education

Join three University of Lethbridge professors at differing stages in their careers in a discussion of the changing face of education and the challenges faced by faculty in this changing environment. This workshop is being hosted with the Teaching Centre.

Monday through Friday, Edmonton Campus

Diversity and Culture Breaks: Enjoy food, music and micro-­theatre during evening class breaks all week on the Edmonton campus. Brought to you by Jerry Potter and Dr. Robin Derry.