2021 Student Leadership Symposium: Mobilizing Hope 2021 Student Leadership Symposium: Mobilizing Hope

Lunch Panel: The Race and Antiracism Network (RAN) at UFV - Building Hope Through Radical Truths (Invite-Only)


Sharanjit Kaur Sandhra
University of the Fraser Valley, SASI Coordinator and Sessional Faculty

Sharanjit (Sharn) Kaur Sandhra is the Coordinator at the South Asian Studies Institute at the University of the Fraser Valley, co-curator of exhibits at the Sikh Heritage Museum, located in the National Historic Site Gur Sikh Temple in Abbotsford, BC and a sessional faculty in the Department of History at UFV. She is currently a PhD Candidate in the Department of History at UBC and is interested in looking at the affective experiences of museum visitors through a critical race theory lens. Sharn has a great passion for activist work and engagement in the community through academia and museum exhibits and has been co-Chair of UFV's Race and Antiracism Network (RAN) since April, 2020. She is a past BC Museums Association council member and currently a Director with the Pacific Canada Heritage Centre - Museum of Migration (PCHC-MoM).

Brett Pardy
University of the Fraser Valley, Instructor

Brett Pardy is a sessional instructor in Social, Cultural, & Media Studies and a PhD Candidate at McGill University. His research focuses on how affective engagement with media both open and close people’s ideas of what is possible for a more just world. He recently co-authored a chapter "Decolonizing Non-Indigenous Faculty and Students: Beyond Comfortable Diversity" in the book Decolonizing and Indigenizing Education in Canada.

In this conversation and dialogue, RAN co-chair Sharanjit (Sharn) Kaur Sandhra and RAN member Bretty Pardy will share RAN's work in building a capacity of hope through the radical truth telling we have been in engaged in since April, 2020 in particular. We will be discussing the changing shape of RAN through its engagement with students in particular at UFV, and through social media channels, and how these avenues of engagement have built capacity for dialogue amongst, within and through youth, and Indigenous, Black, Brown, POC intersectional youth perspectives and why this is critical for the future of RAN.

*PLEASE NOTE: This session will be recorded. If you do not wish to be recorded, please turn off your camera.