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Making cities equitable and inclusive
As cities swell with ever-expanding and diverse populations, social and economic problems are accompanying that growth. From urban design to democratizing civic planning, how can cities ensure that all citizens have equitable access to services and a better quality of life, strengthen connections, and develop a sense of belonging? Find out what can be done at this moderated webinar featuring four experts who will discuss how to address these pressing issues and why they are so important.

Sep 28, 2022 12:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. Laila Ferreira, PhD'11 (she / her / hers)
Assistant Professor of Teaching @UBC School of Journalism, Writing and Media
Dr. Laila Ferreira’s (she/her/hers) pedagogical practice and research is informed by her background in print culture and interest in how media and communication processes intersect with human sensation, perception, and understanding. Her approach to the teaching and learning of academic discourse and communication is interdisciplinary and grounded in rhetorical genre theory, writing studies, literary theory, disability and gender studies. Students in her academic research and writing courses in ASRW and Vantage college at UBC develop an understanding of the relationship between writing and its contexts and leave with the tools needed to recognize and analyze the situatedness of all communication.
Dr. Jennifer Baumbusch, BSN'96, PhD'08 (she / her / hers)
Professor, CIHR Chair in Sex and Gender Science @UBC School of Nursing
Jennifer Baumbusch (she/her/hers), RN, PhD is a Professor and CIHR Chair in Sex and Gender Science at the University of British Columbia’s School of Nursing. Jennifer’s research and scholarship focuses on enhancing person- and family-centered care for older adults and people with lifelong disabilities. She is an expert in qualitative research and innovative, collaborative approaches to knowledge translation. Her more recent research focuses on the impact of the pandemic on persons with dementia and their family caregivers, as well as children with medical complexity and their families. Jennifer’s work has been widely published in the disciplines of nursing and gerontology and she is an Associate Editor with the International Journal of Older People Nursing.
Oludolapo Makinde, LLM'19 (she / her / hers)
Doctoral Candidate, Peter A. Allard School of Law and Liu Scholar at the UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Oludolapo Makinde (she/her/hers) is a doctoral law candidate at the Peter A. Allard School of Law and a Liu Scholar at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs. Her research investigates the practicability of adopting an integrated approach which fuses corporate governance and corporate social responsibility measures with artificial intelligence tools to effectively tackle corruption involving Canadian multinationals doing business in the Global South. In addition to her doctoral research, Oludolapo engages with the Vancouver community on issues relating to anti-Black racism. In particular, as a 2019 UBC Sustainability Scholar under the auspices of the Sustainability Scholars’ Program, she investigated and identified key actions needed to address anti-Black racism in Vancouver. Her report which details her findings and recommendations drawn from literature and stakeholders, has contributed to ongoing municipal action on the subject.
Kamala Todd BA'94, MA'99 (she / her / hers)
Adjunct Professor, School of Community and Regional Planning, UBC Faculty of Applied Science @Adjunct Professor, Urban Studies Program, Simon Fraser University and Director of Indigenous City Media
Kamala Todd (she/her/hers) is a Métis-Cree mother, community planner, filmmaker, curator, and educator born and raised in the beautiful lands of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ and Skwxwú7mesh-speaking people, aka Vancouver. She has a Masters degree in urban Geography from UBC and works at the intersection of film, storytelling, and urban planning in her efforts to support the decolonization and re-Indigenization of the city. Kamala was the City of Vancouver’s first Indigenous Arts and Culture Planner and she is adjunct professor at SFU Urban Studies and UBC SCARP. In previous years, she was the City of Vancouver's Aboriginal Social Planner. Kamala's media production company is Indigenous City Media and her film credits include Welcome to Our Homelands, Indigenous Plant Diva, Cedar and Bamboo, RELAW: Living Indigenous Laws, and Sharing our Stories: the Vancouver Dialogues Project. She is the author of “This Many-storied Land”, in In This Together: Fifteen Stories of Truth and Reconciliation (2016),
Stella Zhou, BA'17, MCRP'19
Agency Associate @STEPS Public Art
Stella Zhou (she/her/hers) is an interdisciplinary urban planner and community animator. She is passionate about building healthy equitable cities, and creating inclusive public space through cultural planning, creative placemaking, and participatory public art. She believes that community-involved placemaking processes can lead to more equitable, diverse, and meaningful public spaces for all. Growing up in a multicultural environment, Stella is constantly exploring her own identities and connecting with others through their diversity of lived experiences. She enjoys travelling and is a food enthusiast who loves cooking and having meaningful conversations over a shared meal.