March 21 events aim to help end racism

UBC will mark the International Day to Eliminate Racial Discrimination, March 21, with events that include panel discussions, speakers, and theatre.

"The day provides an excellent opportunity for students, faculty and administration to share ideas about their roles and responsibilities in eliminating racial discrimination through culturally inclusive education and to critically examine UBC's success at establishing a culturally inclusive campus," said Adrienne Chan, a member of the Committee for A Culturally Inclusive Campus which is organizing the day's events.

Beginning at 11 a.m., students from the Women of Colour Mentoring Program will share their experiences in the educational process at UBC.

At noon, keynote speaker Yvonne Brown of the Teacher Education Office will speak on Racism as an Object of Scholarly Inquiry. A panel that includes Dan Birch, vice-president, Academic, Sharon Kahn, associate vice-president, Equity, and Janice Robinson, assistant director, Residence Life, Housing and Conferences, will respond. Discussion will follow.

A prize-winning play dealing with issues of racism will be performed at 1:30 p.m.

The play, presentations, panel session and speech will take place in rooms 214 and 216 of the Student Union Building.

Educational displays, including prize-winning art and poetry, will be in the south end of the SUB concourse all day.

For more information, call Adrienne Chan at the Equity Office, 822-6353.