Black Activism in Education and Community: Exposing Anti-Black Racism in Kelowna with Shelby McPhee

Join us for an event on Black Activism in Education and Community as we showcase examples of how Black communities have responded to racism in Kelowna and in Canada.

Recent and ongoing incidents in Kelowna and Canada illustrate that anti-Black racism is very much a local reality. Black communities that include activists, artists and academics have a long history of working to create new narratives, analyses and immersive experiences that shift this reality.

This event highlights the thinking and efforts of Black communities, and aims to expand the public conversation and prompt non-Black communities to act in effective solidarity to dismantle anti-Black racism.

Our special guest for this event is Shelby McPhee, a recent graduate of Acadia University, who will share stories and comments on how to recognize and address anti-Black racism.

The event is jointly hosted by the Equity & Inclusion Office, the UBCSUO African Caribbean Student Club and and Karen Ragoonaden, Senior Faculty Advisory to the President, Okanagan campus.

Opening Remarks

  • Dr. Ananya Mukerjee Reed, Provost and Vice-President, Academic UBCO


  • Shelby McPhee, anti-Black racism activist, Co-Founder of Acadia Black Student’s Association
  • Lady Dia, co founder of HEARTH and matron of the House of Hope
  • Omaina Ozako, UBC Masters of Social Work Student, Host of ‘This is Ours’ Podcast
  • Brandon Koo, UBC Second year in Psychology, Junior Executive for the Afro-Caribbean Club
  • Ebun Adeniran, UBC Second Year in Management, Junior Executive of the ACSC and an up and coming artist
  • Toney Bedell, UBC Second year in PPE, VP Internal of the Debate Society
  • Trophy Ewila, former president of UBCSUO and co-president of the first ACSC executive team

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