What: Who Belongs? A discussion about police, racism, and the Ferguson shooting.
Who: Alden Habacon, director of Intercultural Understanding, Strategic Development; and Peter Wanyenya, international student advisor, Special Populations and Programs, UBC
When: Wednesday, Oct 1, 12:30 to 2 p.m.
Where: UNC Ballroom, 3272 University Way, UBC’s Okanagan campus, Kelowna
When 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri last August, it sparked weeks of outrage, riots, and unrest across America. Brown was a young black man, the police officer Caucasian, in a suburban town with a mostly white police force. The unarmed youth was shot six times. It’s a racially-charged scenario that Americans have witnessed repeatedly.
Join Alden Habacon, UBC’s director of Intercultural Understanding, Strategy Development, and Peter Wanyenya, international student advisor, Special Populations and Programs UBC, for an open discussion about what’s happening in Ferguson, and perhaps across America.
The discussion aims to address how and why the tragic event in Ferguson is relevant for Kelowna, particularly for students, faculty and staff at UBC Okanagan. As part of SPARK Extended Orientation, this open forum will discuss how institutional security and municipal police forces can play a role in promoting diversity and equity in our community.
This will be a dynamic discussion about racism, the police, and belonging. Audience participation is welcome.
This is event is free and open to the public. It takes place on Wednesday, October 1, from 12:30 to 2 p.m., in UNC200, University Ballroom, 3272 University Way, UBC’s Okanagan campus, Kelowna. Pay parking is available on campus.