UBC REDI Virtual Symposium 2022

The Office of Respectful Environments, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (REDI) invites you to its first virtual symposium:

Race Ideology: Historical Perspectives, Current Realities and Re-imagining the Future


This symposium will explore how racist ideology led to the categorization of people into “races” and how centuries of medical knowledge, health care, research and health professions education have perpetuated systemic racism.

We will examine beneficiaries of racism and discrimination to understand how and why racist systems and structures are sustained. Finally, we will identify Anti-Racism strategies and pedagogies aimed to dismantle racist structures and support re-engagement in a more equitable future.


Intended Outcomes

This event will:

  • Inspire us to be brave in talking about racism within health care.
  • Honor the power of the experiential knowledge of Indigenous, Black and People of Color.
  • Enable participants to engage with different anti-racist pedagogies and strategies.
  • Create opportunities for wider dialogue across the Faculty of Medicine and beyond.


  • Shane Pointe – Te’ta-in
    Knowledge Keeper, Musqueam Nation
  • Dr. Amy Tan
    Clinical Associate Professor & Anti-Racism Support Program
    Faculty Mentor, Department of Family Practice, UBC Faculty of Medicine
  • Dr. Danièle Behn Smith
    Deputy Provincial Health Officer, Indigenous Health, Ministry of Health
  • Dr. Handel Wright
    Professor, Department of Education Studies, UBC Faculty of Education,
    & Senior Advisor to the UBC President on Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence
  • Dr. Saroo Sharda
    Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Anesthesia, McMaster University, & Medical Advisor & Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Lead, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario

To stay updated with the latest event information and register, visit the FoM REDI event page.