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Join the BCCIC and partners for an interactive talk on civic engagement & community organizing in the face of global crises.

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Creative Community Organizing in Challenging Times is a panel and interactive discussion that dives into the potential of creative (even radical) solutions to tackling global crises. This event focuses on the power of civic engagement and community organizing in a time when seemingly unstoppable threats loom large - including the climate crisis, the rise of authoritarianism, political polarization, and closing borders. With the encouragement from a panel of brave and creative speakers, this event aims to leave participants feeling inspired to accept these challenges in their own communities.

The objectives of this event are:

  • To showcase creative or radical approaches to community organizing and civic engagement to address global crises
  • To hear from diverse and innovative voices
  • To facilitate a different type of conversation about threats to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, showcasing what can be done to combat these threats
  • To encourage various generations and identities to come together to address complex, high-stakes global issues

This event is part of International Development Week (IDW), a national initiative that seeks to inspire Canadians, youth in particular, to learn more about, and contribute actively to, global issues. IDW 2020 will involve several nation-wide events, activities, and opportunities for learning about local-global development issues and initiatives.

This event is hosted in partnership with the BC Council for International Cooperation, Amnesty International, ORICE, SFU International, UBC's Vancouver School of Economics, and the Simon K.Y Lee Global Lounge & Resource Centre.

Join us on February 5, 2020. Doors open at 6:00pm, event starts at 6:30pm. Refreshments will be provided.

Panelists Include:

Em Mittertreiner

Em is a 2nd year student with Chinese-Dutch roots, organizing for climate justice primarily on unceded Musqueam lands. Place-based learning as a Students on Ice and Youth4Action alumnus has inspired their current work, which includes campaigning for divestment with UBCC350, developing a climate storytelling program at the UBC Climate Hub, and facilitating with Check Your Head. With lived experiences of extensive hospitalization as a chronically ill, suicidal and queer youth, Em is passionate about using their psychology and social justice degrees to explore deinstitutionalized community care within justice movements.

Tanvi Bhatia

Tanvi Bhatia is a writer, facilitator, and community organizer living on the unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Selilwitulh) Nations. Both her organizing and creative work are centred around migrant justice and anti-oppression. Currently, she is working on the Lost Votes campaign to get voting rights for permanent residents in municipal elections and a research project on BIWOC in the film industry, as well as completing her MFA in Creative Writing at UBC. Her writing can be found in SAD Magazine, BEATS Magazine, the Star, the Tyee, the Ubyssey, and on her Twitter feed, @sometimestanvi.

Renee Black

Renee is the Chief executive of PeaceGeeks, an organization that collaborates with communities to put technology tools and digital literacy in the hands of citizens, peacebuilders, human rights defenders, and humanitarian responders. Renee's experience includes over eight years as a Business Analyst and Project Manager in the private sector, focusing on software development and database marketing solutions. In 2009, Renee switched careers to work on the Women, Peace & Security framework with the United Nations and the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders. Her experience with these organizations played a pivotal role in launching PeaceGeeks, pursuing her passion for empowering people to make positive change a lived reality.

Sam Albert

Sam has worked extensively in the environmental field, primarily as the youth outreach ambassador with the Blue Dot Movement, a movement dedicated to installing environmental rights as a human right in Canada. He has also worked with the Sustainabiliteens and founded his school’s local environmental club which covers a plethora of grassroots environmental issues. Additionally, Sam was a youth delegate at both the SB-50 UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn and Global Landscapes Forum in New York where he focused on land restoration and nature-based solutions to climate change.

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