ISP Toolkit in Action Panel: An Opportunity to Learn from Colleagues – October 24

Event Date & Time

  • October 24, 2023
    2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Event Description

To help guide implementation of the Indigenous Strategic Plan (ISP), the Office of Indigenous Strategic Initiatives (OISI) developed a set of tools which both academic and operational units can use to help situate themselves in relation to Indigenous engagement and create a plan that aligns their work with the ISP’s eight goals and 43 actions.

Many units, teams, and departments have begun working with the ISP toolkit over the past few years. This panel is an opportunity to learn from their experiences and ask questions that will help you move forward with the ISP toolkit.

The session is presented by OISI and the Indigenous Initiatives team at the Centre for Teaching Learning and Technology (CTLT). It is open to all staff, faculty and students at UBCV and UBCO.

Please add your questions for the panelists to this Padlet.


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Janelle Kasperski, Educational Consultant, Strategic Projects, CTLT Indigenous Initiatives

Janelle Kasperski (pronouns: She/Her) is a Nisga’a woman from Laxgalts’ap, BC. She is an educator, beader, artist, facilitator, writer, and Auntie advocate for Indigenous voices and success. She has been with UBC for a year and a half, working as the Specialist in Strategic Indigenous Enrolment Initiatives.  She has also worked for McGill University in the Office of the Provost as the Indigenous Education Advisor.  Her experience in educational institutions is grounded in the knowledges witnessed through working with Indigenous communities, as well as her own cultural and family teachings.







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Emma Davy, Science Education Specialist, Department of Chemistry

Emma’s background is a synthetic inorganic/organic chemist, having done a BSc and PhD at the University of Victoria and a Post-doctoral Fellowship at the University of Ottawa. Since then, she has engaged in a variety of chemical education pursuits including sessional instruction (University of Victoria, Thompson Rivers University), a faculty role at an innovative undergraduate-only institution (Quest University Canada), and now as an embedded Science Education Specialist in the Department of Chemistry at the University of British Columbia. In her free time, she enjoys all things outdoors, from paddling lakes to hiking and running trails to rock climbing, and is an avid knitter and piano player.






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Jannik Eikenaar, Associate Professor of Teaching and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion + Indigeneity Advisor, School of Engineering

Jannik is the son of Japanese and Dutch immigrants to this part of the world, syilx Okanagan territory, and a nephew, brother, husband, father, and uncle. Jannik is, too, an Associate Professor of Teaching in the School of Engineering, Bauder Professor (Okanagan) of Experiential Learning and Leadership, UBC Okanagan Senator, and former Associate Provost, Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Anti-racism.








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Annabel Lyon, Professor and Director, School of Creative Writing

Annabel Lyon is a fiction writer and teacher who took over as Director of the School of Creative Writing in July 2022. The School has been exploring decolonial pedagogies for the past several years, and began the ISP’s Self-Study in 2022.







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Nicole Balsdon, Teaching & Learning Coordinator, Beaty Biodiversity Museum

Nicole Balsdon is the Teaching & Learning Coordinator at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum on Musqueam Traditional Territory at UBC’s Vancouver Campus. In her role, she works with a large team of staff, students, and volunteers to help visitors understand the value of biodiversity through formal and informal programming. She collaboratively worked through the ISP toolkit with a team of museum staff and the support of CTLT, starting in 2022. She is looking forward to sharing her experiences and learning from the other panelists.






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This event will hosted online on Zoom.