Research Roundtable: Anti-Racism & Lateral Allyship in Physical Activity & Sport | Feb 23

Research Roundtable: Anti-Racism & Lateral Allyship in Physical Activity & Sport

February 23 | Free In-Person & Virtual Event

In celebration of Move UBC, join us Thursday, February 23 for a Research Roundtable! This event seeks to bring together diverse perspectives to discuss anti-racism and lateral allyship (support across BIPOC identities) in physical activity and sport in Canada. The event will be composed of two parts, a virtual webinar from 9-11am and an in-person working session from 11-12:30pm.

Attend virtually from 9-11am and listen to presentations from researchers followed by a short Q&A session. Following the virtual session, an in-person working lunch session will be held from 11-12:30pm on both campuses to discuss the research and develop recommendations for physical activity on campus.

This event is for academics, students interested in research, and practitioners who want to hear about the latest research in inclusive physical activity to action knowledge within their own communities.

For those located on or near UBC-Vancouver’s Point Grey Campus, feel free to join us from the CIRS BC Hydrotheatre for a live viewing session of the webinar.

For those located elsewhere, please reach out if you would like to host your own working session from your own community. We are happy to provide a facilitation tool to host your own in-person community session.

 Event Details:

  • Zoom Webinar: 9-11:00am
  • In-Person Working Session: 11am-12:30pm (CIRS BC Hydrotheatre, Point Grey Campus)

Janice Forsyth is a Professor in the Faculty of Education, School of Kinesiology, at the University of British Columbia and a recognized leader in Indigenous sport development in Canada. She has more than twenty years’ experience examining the relationship between sport and culture from Indigenous points of view and translating that knowledge into action by working with organizations and governments to align their policies and practices with Indigenous priorities for sport. Her research has generated significant national and international attention among scholars and practitioners, who regularly consult her work to advance their own equity, diversity, and decolonization efforts. Of note, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission incorporated several of her studies into their final reports published in 2015. And, in 2017, she was elected to the College of the Royal Society of Canada for her contributions to research and advocacy in Indigenous sport. She is a member of the Fisher River Cree First Nation.

May Farrales is an assistant professor in the departments of Geography and Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University. She writes about the varied ways that Filipinxs negotiate the gender and racial logics of settler colonialism as racialized settlers, including how Filipinx cis-men navigate white heteropatriarchy on the basketball court.

Dr. Courtney Szto (@courtneyszto) is an Assistant Professor in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies at Queen's University. She has published widely on racism in hockey, including her award-winning book "Changing on the Fly: Hockey through the voices of South Asian Canadians," and the publicly available "Policy Paper for Anti-Racism in Canadian Hockey." Dr. Szto runs anti-racism education for the Professional Women's Hockey Players Association (PWHPA) and consults with the Hockey Diversity Alliance and Black Girl Hockey Club.

Shalom Brown is a second-year master’s student in Kinesiology at the University of Toronto. Specializing in Physical Cultural Studies, Shalom’s research focuses on exploring physical movement and racial identities through arts-based practices. Shalom is also a Research Assistant to Dr. Janelle Joseph in the Indigeneity, Diaspora, Equity and Anti-Racism in Sports (IDEAS) Research Lab, where she has worked on projects exploring Anti-Racism in Canadian Coaching, College Athletics, and the experiences of Black women and girls in sport.

Alyssa Reyes is a first-year PhD student at SFU. She recently completed her master's at UBC where she explored the physical activity and sport experiences of Indigenous women athletes in rural BC. She is now pursuing her PhD at SFU looking to examine how colonialism has impacted the physical activity and sport experiences of the Filipino/a diaspora in Canada. She is also currently the Physical Activity Manager for UBC Athletics & Recreation and UBC Wellbeing. Her portfolio consists of promoting equitable, inclusive and low-barrier initiatives, serving equity-seeking populations and knowledge translation.