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November 30, 2022

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

BIPOC Leadership Series Session #2 - Surviving: Navigating New Horizons

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BIPOC Leadership Series Session #2 - Surviving: Navigating New Horizons
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Join us on Wednesday, November 30th at 12pm ET for the second event in the three-part series for Racialized and Indigenous Student Affairs professionals in collaboration with the CACUSS Affinity Group for Black, Indigenous, and/or Persons of Colour (BIPOC). BIPOC leaders will share their experiences balancing personal values and institutional expectations, tensions between advocacy and self-preservation, and self- and community care. Please email engage@cacuss.ca if you have any questions.

9:00PT, 10:00MT, 11:00 CT, 12:00ET, 1:00 ATL

Panelists:

Christina Alcena

Christina Alcena (she/her/hers) is an innovative and strategic higher education leader with extensive experience working and learning within Canadian post-secondary institutions. She is an avid champion of student and employee recruitment, retention, and success, with a strong commitment to decolonization, equity, diversity, and inclusion. Christina has over a decade of experience in the field, where she has worked in progressively senior roles within student affairs and enrolment management.  

Christina joins us from the Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning located in Oakville, Ontario, Canada, where she holds the position of Director, Division of Students as part of the Vice Provost, Student Experience & Enrolment Management senior leadership team. Within this inaugural role, she directs divisional leadership capacity for talent development, assessment and evaluation, integrated planning and resource management, special projects, channeling student voice into decision-making, and supporting leadership communications. 

Rohene Boujram

Rohene Bouajram is an uninvited settler from Zimbabwe and her experience of upheaving everything she knew to be true, safe and in alignment leads her to embody these values in everything she becomes involved in. Rohene is currently the Associate Director, Strategic IBPOC Initiatives at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver where she provides strategic leadership on advancing equity, inclusion, decolonization and anti-racism in policies, initiatives and programming for Indigenous, Black and Persons of Colour (IBPOC) students. She has studied in Zimbabwe, Canada, Finland and China and holds an MA in International and Intercultural Communication, BA in Psychology and is certified as a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC). With over nineteen years of experience and leading multiple teams in post-secondary and international education, Rohene has worked in areas related to DEI, intercultural dialogue, international recruitment and advising, project management, ethical engagement, crisis intervention and policy evaluation. Rohene also develops and teaches courses related to Canadian immigration legislation and international education. She enjoys being of service to many communities – from serving on executive boards of the UBC Black Caucus, Society of Intercultural Training and Research (SIETAR) BC Chapter and Queen’s National Advisory Committee to lending her expertise to task forces, national and provincial working groups, speaking at national and international conferences and writing publications to raise awareness of complex issues affecting individuals from marginalized and underrepresented groups. Rohene serves as a coach and mentor to youth and colleagues for whom she acknowledges a reciprocity of gratitude for mutual learning and understanding. With humility, she was awarded the 2021 UBC President’s Service Awards for Excellence given annually to 5 staff members who have made outstanding contributions to UBC, and who excel in their personal achievements and the 2022 CBIE’s Excellence Award in EDI, given annually to one individual who demonstrates significant contributions across Canada. Rohene’s excitement for holding space for courageous conversations often leads her to dive headfirst into opportunities to engage ethically and authentically in intercultural settings.

Miyuki Arai

Miyuki Arai manages international mobility programs and partnerships as well as promotes pan-campus processes and initiatives that support the strategic priority of Intercultural Learning at Saint Mary's University. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Intercultural Relations. She studied at Saint Mary’s University as an international student from Japan and started working as a staff member in the university’s international office in 2004. In her 18-year career, Miyuki has seen various phases from when there was little awareness through the recent anti-Asian racism movement. Her office makes conscious efforts to make students of all backgrounds and abilities feel welcome and supported.

Facilitated by Dinuka Gunaratne.


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