Handel Kashope Wright

Metro Vancouver Forums on Systemic Racism

Metro Vancouver Forums on Systemic Racism

Recent events have brought the issue of systemic racism to the forefront prompting all orders of government and organizations to take a much closer look at racial discrimination and develop strategies to address this long standing issue.

In response, Metro Vancouver is hosting a series of forums on systemic racism for elected officials in the region featuring Dr. Handel Wright and a panel of storytellers, with discussion moderated by Kathryn Gretsinger, an award-winning CBC broadcaster. Storytellers include Neila Miled, recent PhD graduate of the Faculty of Education.

Anti-Blackness, Imperfect Allyship & Being Antiracist

Anti-Blackness, Imperfect Allyship & Being Antiracist

Handel Wright, Professor- Educational Studies, participated on a one hour moderated discussion (webinar) organized by Fraser Health in October 2020 on the topic “Anti-Blackness, Imperfect Allyship & Being Antiracist.”    

Cities as Sites for Transformative Change: How and Why Universities can Contribute

Cities as Sites for Transformative Change: How and Why Universities can Contribute

Date: December 1, 2020

Time: 11:00am – Noon
The presenters recent and SSHRC-funded project, entitled “Transforming city governments in response to disruptive change: meeting the challenges of colonization, inequity, and climate change,” is an example of collaborative efforts between UBC and municipal governments that seeks to understand how Canadian cities can transform as they address the complex challenges of colonization, inequity and climate change. Preliminary insights indicate that city staff are under pressure to deliver on set priorities and timelines with little time and resources to reflect on the theories, paradigms and worldviews that inform their decision-making. Through a learning journey, city staff, community partners and researchers will work to unearth the structures within which cities operate and test alternative ways of defining and solving problems. This collective journey will explore questions such as: What histories have shaped our institutions? What processes have led to the erasure of ethno-cultural groups such as Black communities? How can we decolonize our practices? What collaborations are needed for shared decision-making? And what are the enabling conditions for transformative change?

The potential for Black Studies programs in Canada

The potential for Black Studies programs in Canada

Provost’s Speaker Series on Systemic Racism
Date: October 23, 2020

Building Black Studies in Canada: Moving beyond Anti-Racism Courses
Andrea A. Davis, Associate Professor, Department of Humanities, and Special Advisor on Anti-Black Racism Strategy, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University

Did Someone Say Black British Columbia? Rough Autobiographical Notes on Blackness and the Prospects of Black Studies at UBC
Handel Kashope Wright, Professor, Faculty of Education, and Director, Centre for Culture, Identity and Education, UBC Vancouver

Positioning Blackness, Necessarily, Awkwardly, in the Canadian Academy

Positioning Blackness, Necessarily, Awkwardly, in the Canadian Academy

Positioning Blackness, Necessarily, Awkwardly, in the Canadian Academy Tuesday, September 3, 2019 Guest blog by Handel Kashope Wright, Professor and Director of Centre for Culture, Identity and Education, The University of British Columbia https://www.ideas-idees.ca/blog/positioning-blackness-necessarily-awkwardly-canadian-academy  

CBC On the Coast with Gloria Macarenko: How to be an ally

CBC On the Coast with Gloria Macarenko: How to be an ally

June 17th, 2020. CBC Radio (CBC On the Coast with Gloria Macarenko) segment on “How to be an ally”

Interview on CBC TV online: How to become an ally

Interview on CBC TV online: How to become an ally

June 17th, 2020. Interview on CBC TV online “How to become an ally: Educators, community leaders explain ways to stand up to anti-Black racism (CBC TV Nadia Jannif)

Tips for discussing race with kids from Handel Wright, Andrew Baron and Rhea Boyd

Tips for discussing race with kids from Handel Wright, Andrew Baron and Rhea Boyd

The worldwide protests against police brutality and systemic racism that began last week after the death of George Floyd are forcing many parents to address issues of race, privilege and injustice based on skin colour with their kids. Here’s how to do it effectively.

Interview on CBC Radio show, The Early Edition with Stephen Quinn

Interview on CBC Radio show, The Early Edition with Stephen Quinn

June 4th , 2020. Interview on CBC Radio show, The Early Edition with Stephen Quinn. “What role should education play in righting racism”

Interview with Lynda Steele Show at CKNW: Analyzing racism in the USA. Are we any better?

Interview with Lynda Steele Show at CKNW: Analyzing racism in the USA. Are we any better?

Analyzing racism in the USA. Are we any better?
May 29th , 2020- Interview with Lynda Steele Show at CKNW about “How the recurrent problem of Police Brutality and killings of Black men can be addressed?”