Conceptualizing mentorship through a decolonial and Indigenized framework
Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Location TBA)
Decolonizing and Indigenizing our academic institutions can transform learning, inform practice and helps us engage in meaningful and lasting systemic change (Battiste 2013; Gaudry & Lorenz 2018). Building upon the Cree understanding of Wahkohtowin (relational accountability and reciprocity) we can positively impact student learning and working environments. In this session, we will build upon our own mentorship skills and learn how best to support Indigenous grad students in their academic journeys.
Jennifer Ward is of Umpqua, Algonquin and Walla Walla ancestry and she lives and works in ᐊᒥᐢᑿᒌᐚᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton, Alberta). She is an Educational Developer in the Centre for Teaching and Learning and a doctoral student within the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta. Jennifer works with faculty to Indigenize and decolonize their curriculum. She has worked in both the K-12 education system and the post-secondary environment to weave Indigenous worldviews into the curriculum. Jennifer also teaches an Indigenous Education course for pre-service teachers in the Faculty of Education. Working with Elders, students and community are some of her most cherished experiences. Hiy Hiy (thank you in Cree).
Graduate student supervisors, faculty members, and other members of the campus community are all welcome to attend. To confirm your attendance, please follow the link below.
How to Talk to Students
February 28, 2020, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Location TBA)
Culturally different people don't just speak a different language or have an accent, they think and communicate differently because they were taught different mental models of how the world works and how people should interact with one another. This workshop examines how these differences can create challenges for faculty members who supervise graduate students who are culturally different from them and provide concrete, practical suggestions to bridge the gap.
The University of Alberta Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research is excited to offer faculty, staff and students this opportunity to hear from thought-provoking, cross cultural trainer and consultant Dr. Lionel Laroche. As Lionel's sessions in previous years were so engaging and people were excited to have some tools they could put into practice, we have asked him to come back again.
Over the past 20+ years, Lionel has provided cross-cultural training and coaching services to over 120,000 people in 20 countries. Lionel has presented to students, staff and faculty members at universities across Canada, the US, and overseas. His presentations are informative, thought-provoking and practical; they are built on his own experience as a foreign student who obtained a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology, and the shared experiences of people he has coached or trained over the years. Lionel is the author of over 100 publications, examining the impact of cultural differences on organizations.
To register for the event, please follow the link below.