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University of British Columbia. Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice

  • Corporate body
  • 1991-

While courses in women’s studies were first offered at the university in 1971, the degree-granting Women’s Studies Program in the Faculty of Arts began offering an undergraduate major in 1991. The program was an interdisciplinary field of study that drew upon the social sciences, humanities, research methods, theory, literature, and gender relations. Tannis MacBeth Williams was the program’s first chair.
Early faculty involved in the Women’s Studies Program were Dr. Dawn Currie, Dr. Valerie Raoul, Dr. Veronica Strong-Boag, Prof. Sneja Gunew, Dr. Sharalyn Orbaugh, Dr. Becki Ross, and Dr. Lenora Angeles. The Women’s Studies Program worked closely with the Centre for Research in Women’s Studies and Gender Relations (created in 1991 with a mandate to support research and develop links between local and international scholars, policy makers and activists). The Founding Director of CRWSGR was Veronica Strong-Boag. Graduate-level courses were first offered in the 1998-99 academic year, initially from within the Interdisciplinary Studies Programme in the Faculty of Graduate Studies. The CRWSGR began administering M.A. and PhD programs in Women’s Studies and Gender Relations in 2000-2001. It changed its name to the Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies (CWAGS) in 2006. In 2012, CWAGS and the Women’s and Gender Studies graduate and undergraduate programs merged to form the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, directed by Dr. Mary K. Bryson.

UBC Learning Exchange

  • Corporate body
  • 1999-

The UBC Learning Exchange was established in 1999 to establish a community presence for the University in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside (DTES). The first initiative of the Learning Exchange was the Trek Program (named after UBC’s Trek 2000 vision) which placed UBC student volunteers with eight non-profit organizations and two elementary schools. In 2000 the Learning Exchange opened a storefront office at 121 Main Street, offering free computer access to DTES residents. Other programmes followed, including a music appreciation course offered in partnership with the UBC School of Music; volunteer opportunities catering to students during Reading Week; ESL conversation programmes; and computer training, tutoring, and after-school activities, in which the Vancouver School Board was the major partner. Funding and support came from various sources outside the University, including TELUS, HSBC Bank of Canada, the Kahanoff Foundation, the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, and Dr. Lloyd and Mrs. Kay Chapman. Beginning in 2002 the Learning Exchange began working with UBC faculty members to formally integrate students’ community-based experiences into their academic coursework, an approach called Community Service Learning (CSL). A new Learning Exchange programme was established at UBC- Okanagan in 2006. Two years later, the Vancouver programme moved into a larger storefront office in Chinatown. In 2009, in support of the Learning Exchange's contributions to UBC’s strategic vision, the University began providing on-going core funding.
The Learning Exchange worked in parallel with the UBC Community Learning Initiative (CLI), founded in 2006 to develop curricular community-engaged learning opportunities. There was a great deal of overlap between the two programmes, and they initially reported to the same Director, Margo Fryer. In 2011 the Learning Exchange and CLI were separated into two distinct units, each with its own director, with the Learning Exchange reporting to the Vice-President, External Relations.

Ridington, William Robin

  • Person
  • [ca. 1940- ]

William Ridington - also known as Robin Ridington - joined the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at UBC in 1968 after completing his Ph.D. at Harvard. Ridington began a study of the Beaver Indians in 1963 while an undergraduate majoring in archaeology at Harvard.