Monday, March 18, 2019

EDI Awards Breakfast

Time: 7:30 am - 9:00 am

Location: Students' Union Building (SUB) Meeting Centre

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The EDI Awards celebrates groups or individuals who have gone above and beyond to demonstrate the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in activities that support the University’s mission to: “value diversity, inclusivity, and equity across and among our people, campuses, and disciplines”.


Welcome and Opening Remarks:  Ayaz Bhanji, President, University of Alberta Alumni Association

Bio: Having graduated from Pharmacy at the U of A in 1991, Ayaz is a Pharmacist by profession, and has an MBA from Athabasca University. He has served two terms as President of the Ismaili Council for Edmonton and was the Co-Chair of the Joint Liaison Committee of the Council for Edmonton and University of Alberta. 

He has held previous positions as Honorary Secretary – Council for Edmonton, Member for Communications and Publications and Chairman of the Youth and Sports Board. He has also served as a Board Member and Vice President of the Alberta Pharmacists Association.

Ayaz was born in Uganda and came to Canada in 1972. He is a successful entrepreneur in Alberta and currently is Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Excellence, and a Senior Partner of EPC Capital Ltd, and Edmonton based development company. His agency employs over 140 Associates and Staff and is the largest RE/MAX office in Edmonton. Ayaz has been inducted into the RE/MAX International Hall of Fame, RE/MAX Chairman’s Club and his Commercial Team is #1 for RE/MAX in Edmonton, and Top 5 Worldwide for 2016.

On a personal note, Ayaz participates in many charitable organizations, including the Children’s Miracle Network and the Realtor’s Community Foundation and volunteers a great deal of his time to various worthwhile causes. He has three children and loves to travel, play golf, hockey and volleyball.


Dr. Michelle LeBaron, Eyes on the Storm: Finding Ways through Intercultural Conflict

Time: 10:00 am—4:00 pm

LocationStudent Union Building (SUB) Meeting Centre

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On today's campuses, it sometimes seems as if intercultural understanding is declining and intercultural conflict is thriving. The ways we resolve conflicts differ greatly across cultures, genders, even across generations. Whatever issue sparks a conflict, the methods we use for resolving it can often escalate the problem. In this experiential workshop, we will explore dynamics between culture and conflict in a variety of campus and community contexts, and learn ways to analyze what is happening. With cultural fluency as a resource, we will deepen our capacities to negotiate, while developing proficiency at noticing cultural biases in conflict engagement processes themselves. We will also examine the roles of worldviews in intercultural conflicts, and explore how physical, emotional and spiritual resources can assist in engaging them. Participants will have opportunities to work on real issues, and to apply creative and arts-based tools in collaboration with colleagues. 

Bio: Michelle LeBaron is a scholar/practitioner and Professor of Law and Dispute Resolution at the Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia, Canada. Her most recent book is Changing Our Worlds: Art as Transformative Practice. One of the pioneers of the field of intercultural conflict engagement, Michelle applies unique perspectives from the arts and her work on worldview conflicts in diverse regions to teach about dispute system design and conflict engagement.