Motion to endorse the Joint Statement on Canadian Universities and Palestine

Faculty members within the Institute for Community Engaged Research (ICER) are issuing the following statement against scholasticide in Palestine. The statement does not represent the views of UBC, or any of its departments or other constituent units and the faculty members issuing this statement recognize that there are or may be dissenting viewpoints within the Institute for Community Engaged Research. 

May 27, 2024

Re: Motion to endorse the Joint Statement on Canadian Universities and Palestine

The Institute for Community Engaged Research (ICER) held its AGM on Friday, May 24, 2024. The following motion was presented and discussed by the membership. Following a unanimous vote by the ICER voting members in attendance, ICER passed the following motion against scholasticide in Palestine.


Be it resolved that the ICER membership endorse the Joint Statement on Canadian Universities and Palestine authored by the Palestinian-Canadian Academics and Artists Network (PCAAN) in February 2024 against the ongoing scholasticide in Palestine.


ICER calls on The University of British Columbia to:

  • Condemn Israel’s destruction of the education system in the Gaza Strip and call for an immediate ceasefire.
  • Express support for Gaza’s universities, staff and students.
  • Review all partnerships, including research cooperation, student exchange and study abroad programs, and funding relations, with Israeli educational and other institutions. End any relation that might be connected to ‘plausibly genocidal acts’ within the terms of the ICJ ruling.
  • Publicly condemn discriminatory and recriminatory actions taken by Israeli universities against Palestinians and Israelis who have criticized the war in Gaza.
  • Commit to setting up placements, fellowships, and scholarships for new students from Palestine, as well as hardship funds for students affected by the war and enhance provision of placements for existing Palestinian academics and students.
  • Actively support Palestine’s universities through inter-institutional cooperation, including virtual exchanges, library sharing, and infrastructural support.

May 24 – ICER AGM

Please join us on Friday, May 24, for our Annual General Meeting.

9:30 to 11:00 am  (1 hr with 30 minutes buffer)

This year, the AGM will be via Zoom only.

We will review activities from last year, hear updates about ICER Press, and introduce the new director and new members.

Join Zoom Meeting
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April 8, 2024: I-CER Storyteller Series with Dr. Shawn Wilson

I-CER Storyteller Series with Dr. Shawn Wilson

Join Dr. Shawn Wilson, an Indigenous scholar, in conversation with Dr. Jon Corbett, ICER director, in a free-ranging conversation about Shawn’s journey as a community-engaged researcher.

When: Monday, April 8, 2024

When: 2:00 – 4:00 pm

  • The talk will start at 2’ish and we will enjoy some food together afterwards

Where:  969 Raymer Rd., Kelowna BC, at the Woodhaven Ecocultural Centre


**Please note there are only 20 spots available to attend**

The limited capacity allows us to host the event outdoors or indoors depending on the weather.

Carpooling will be available.

To register:

This talk will be videotaped, and shared at a later date on the ICER website.

We would also like to thank Dr. Astrida Neimanis and the FEELed lab staff for hosting us for this conversation.

If you have any questions, please let us know:

Thank you!

Feb.29 – Starting the Conversation: My community-based research journey: Exploring the impacts of climate change using participatory mapping at the University of British Columbia Okanagan.

Please join Sierra Lammi for the next Starting the Conversation!

Tuesday, March 19

12 noon to 1:00 pm (PDT)

In-person in Arts 368

Online via Zoom (please e-mail for the link)


My research uses participatory mapping processes as a tool for UBCO students to share and understand one another’s experiences with climate change, with an additional focus on experiences with the Grouse Complex Fire that took place in August, 2023. Working in collaboration with the Global Engagement Office, both international and domestic student experiences with climate change are explored, and my research specifically questioned the role of the participatory mapping processes in sharing our climate stories. In this presentation, I will share some impacts of climate change that were particularly relevant to UBCO students, and reflect on how the participatory mapping process can help facilitate intersectional and place-based discussions of climate change.


My name is Sierra Lammi, and I have been an uninvited settler on Syilx Okanagan Territory for almost two years, when I began my Masters at UBCO. I am originally from ‘Minnesota’ on tradi-tional Ojibwe territory, where I studied biology and ecology and worked in conservation and en-vironmental education for several years before coming to the Okanagan. As an educator, I was constantly learning from my students, which inspired me to study methods that allow us to collaboratively and critically discuss various experiences with climate change.

Feb.29 Starting a Conversation with Fernanda Novoa – My community-based research journey: Navigating research, advocacy and allyship with the community of Mexican migrant agricultural workers in the Okanagan.

Thursday, February 29

12:00 noon to 1:00 pm (PST)

My research explores the experiences of Mexican migrant agricultural workers during the COVID-19 pandemic in the Okanagan. This community plays a vital role for ensuring Canadian food security; however, they experience numerous health inequities, many of which were exacerbated during the pandemic. In this conversation I will share my journey as a community-based researcher and my engagement in voluntary roles and advocacy efforts to build and nurture respectful and trusting relationships with the community. I will share challenges and lessons learned from navigating the roles of being a researcher and taking a stance of collaboration, solidarity and allyship.

Fernanda Novoa is a Mexican cis-gender woman. She recently completed her master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies, under the supervision of Dr. Joan Bottorff. As an international medical doctor, advocate, and academic, Fernanda is dedicated to advancing health equity and social justice, particularly for migrants with vulnerable status in Canada.


Please join via Zoom:

Questions can be emailed to:

Jan.15 – CER Student Award Application Deadline

CER Student CER AWARD Announcement

Application Deadline: Monday, January 15, 2024 (at midnight) 

In recognition of ICER’s commitment to supporting students involved in community engaged research, we are awarding three $1000 scholarships in 2024.

The scholarships offer financial support to current UBC Okanagan graduate, or in exceptional circumstances, undergraduate, students. The recipients should be actively involved in community engaged research projects or activities and have a community partner.

The purpose of the scholarship is to assist with supporting research and building closer ties with the community.

• Applicants must be students of UBC Okanagan;
• Graduate, or in exceptional circumstances undergraduate, students; and
• Actively involved in community engaged research.

Following the completion of their research, scholarship recipients are invited to present their research at a ‘Starting the Conversation’ – ICER’s brown bag discussion series. And their names will be published in the ICER newsletterand social media.

Questions – please email Joanne at

Nov. 30 The big, scary what-If: What happens to your community engaged research (CER), if something happens to you?

Image of a banna peel, and text that reads The big, scary what if: what happens to your community engaged research, if something happens to you?


ICER is hosting a one hour discussion that explores the question: What happens to your Community Engaged Research, if something happens to you?

Thursday, Nov. 30

2:30 to 3:30 pm

Arts 368 or via Zoom

Please email to register either in-person or for the Zoom link.

While this topic is geared towards current faculty/researchers at UBC Okanagan, graduate students and community researchers are also welcome.

Topics and Speakers:

Christine Schreyer, Associate Professor, Anthropology, Acting Director ICER,

  • What motivated her to create an ‘academic executor’
  • Unanswered questions about the process
  • Invitation to join a working group

Michele Bjornson, FASS Administrative and Operations Manager: What happens at UBC Okanagan: And Administrator’s Perspective

  • UBC Property and IT timelines
  • The role of admin staff and the department head re your office
  • Top tips

Paige Hohmann, UBC Okanagan Archivist: What happens at UBC Okanagan Archives: Gifting

  • What can a pre-planned “gift-in-kind” look like?
  • How are real property gifts and intellectual property gifts different?
  • Copyright
  • Benefits and drawbacks of gifting archival materials when the donor is still living

Julia Norman, Lawyer, Pushor Mitchell LLP, Academic Estates: A Legal Perspective

  • Options for delegating an ‘academic executor’
  • Tax receipts for charitable gifts when they are associated with an estate

Nov.29 Starting a Conversation with Cara Basil: My Journey as an Indigenous Student Researcher: Partnering with Esk’etemc to Explore Esk’etemc Ways of Caring for One Another through Illness

Join us for the next Starting the Conversation with Cara Basil!

Photo of Cara Basil. Wednesday, Nov. 29

12:30 to 1:30 pm

Arts 368  in person, UBC Okanagan

or via Zoom (e-mail for the link


Research with Indigenous communities is a sacred journey and require meaningful partnerships that benefit the community. Graduate student Cara Basil will share her journey partnering with Esk’etemc, the lessons learned, and critical approaches taken along the way to receive knowledge in a good way. The findings from three talking circles will be shared by themes and the potential next steps to contributing to this growing area of research, palliative care for Indigenous Peoples.

Cara Basil is Secwepemc and grew up in her community of Bonaparte. In 2020, Cara started her Masters journey with a focus on palliative care for Indigenous Peoples and particularly First Nations. Outside of academia, Cara is a Planner and utilizes community-based principles and approaches in her work.

Cara received a ICER Student Community Engaged Research Award in 2023 to support her work.

Nov. 2 – Starting the Conversation* with Rachel McGraw

Relationships, respect, and listening in sociolinguistic research with Totonac communities in Mexico

Rachel McGraw, Sessional Lecturer CCGS, PhD Candidate in Linguistics University of Alberta

Thursday, Nov. 2, 2023

3:00 to 4:00 pm (pdt)

In Person: Arts 368 (ICER) or via Zoom. Please email: for the link


In this discussion I explore the importance of relationships for conducting sociolinguistic research with the Totonac communities of Ozelonacaxtla and Huehuetla, Puebla, Mexico. My research explores language vitality of Totonac and multilingualism in Totonac and Spanish. I understand language vitality as underlyingly ideological, which means in order to assess vitality, it is essential to talk to people and listen carefully to them. This focus on listening requires establishing and maintaining respectful relationships with people throughout the research process: respecting and engaging in community protocols and social networks, using flexible and responsive interview methods, analyzing and writing in a way that reflects and respects people’s voices, and theorizing language vitality through a community informed perspective. I consider the importance of listening for establishing respectful relationships and for practicing community engagement throughout the research process.


Rachel McGraw is a PhD Candidate and SSHRC Doctoral winner in Linguistics at the University of Alberta, and a sessional lecturer in Linguistic Anthropology and Indigenous Revitalization in CCGS. Rachel has an MA in Spanish Applied Linguistics and has presented her research at a range of international conferences including the Canadian Anthropology Society, the American Anthropological Association, and the Society for Linguistic Anthropology.

*Starting the Conversation is a speaker’s series hosted by the Institute for Community Engaged Research. The talks are meant to be more informal, and offer opportunities to think out loud, explore and exchange ideas.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

How to do Meaningful Work in times of Constant Crisis: Navigating Feelings of Guilt and Despair

Thursday Nov. 2nd
11:30 – 1:3o,
In person (Arts 368) and Zoom 

Join us for a conversation with people inside and outside Academia about all the feelings involved in doing Community Engaged Work in this era of constant crises. What does it mean to work with hope, care, effectiveness, and longevity? 

In the current context of climate change, wars, wildfires, racial injustice, anti-2SLGBTQAI+ violence and the rise of the right-wing, how do people engaged in social change for the common good (our planet) not become despondent? How does one navigate the often slow, or long-haul process of academia, writing, and policy and community work, with the sense of urgency and immediate action required to address the immediacy of issues? Is this even possible within an academic context?  Or a community context?

Join the students and panelists at the Institute for Community Engaged Research (ICER) for a conversation that makes space for the often unacknowledged feelings of guilt, despair and hopelessness that one can experience in the process of doing academic and, or, community engaged research. 

For your information:

  • This event will be a two-hour roundtable with a mix of students, researchers and community partners in the room.
  • For those attending in person, there will be a soup lunch served (vegetarian).

Please register using this form: Registration link: 


Speakers will include:

Robyn Bunn

Robyn Bunn is the Community Service Learning Manager at UBC Okanagan, and completed her master’s in 2015. Throughout her time at UBC Okanagan, Robyn has been involved in social justice and community activism as a member of  Radical Action with Migrants in Agriculture (RAMA), Food not Bombs and various food and social justice causes. 

Mary Butterfield

Mary Butterfield is a Senior Advisor with the Clinical Trials team at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Prior to joining CIHR she worked for 10 years as a research facilitator, including 8 years at the UBC Okanagan campus. While at UBCO Mary was a member of ICER, sat on the VPR’s Research Advisory Committee, and taught for both the Faculty of Management and the Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies program. She holds a PhD in Philosophy from Vanderbilt University, and has been an occasional guest armchair-theorist on various UBCO research teams. Mary has 2 kids, makes a lot of kimchi, and is grateful every day to live as an uninvited guest in Syilx territory. 

Shelley Cook

Shelley has over 25 years of experience as a practitioner and senior administrator in the non-profit sector. She has worked extensively in program and community development in BC and Ontario. Prior to returning to university to complete her doctoral studies in 2014, Shelley was the Executive Director of John Howard Society in Kelowna, BC. Shelley has a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies from UBC Okanagan. Her doctoral research examined the socio-spatial aspects of homelessness in the urban environment with focus on service and policy implications. 


Melissa Feddersen

Ms. Feddersen is the Manager for Campus Wellness and Education and has worked in youth health for over twenty years and is passionate about creating healthy community where we can all flourish. Current research and action interests include social wellbeing, food security, harm reduction and mental health. Melissa is the mother of two children, owner of a giant dog and big fan of black ink on blank journal pages.

Dennis Jasper

I graduated with a BSN in 2000 from Okanagan University College and worked for 12 years at KGH in mental health on the acute mental health unit and mental health ICU unit. In 2010 I started as a clinical teacher in mental health for the School of Nursing at UBC OkanaganIn 2011 I was hired as a Full time Lecturer and also started my MSN program here at the UBC Okanagan campusI graduated with my MSN in 2017While Lecturer I have developed our 2nd year Mental Health in Nursing course, its corresponding Mental Health clinical course, and the Advanced Mental Health elective course offered in 4th yearI also teach courses on Relational Practice for nurses focused on building effective, professional, and meaningful relationships with those we provide care for. 

Dr. Onyx Sloan Morgan

My research is most often conducted in partnership with and at the direction of communities. My positionality as a queer, non-binary white settler of Irish and Scottish ancestries steers my engagement. Having grown up on unceded Lekwungen territories, my research seeks to: 1) reveal the power dynamics at the core of inequitable and oppressive structures, and 2) foreground the resistive, transformative relationalities that communities enliven every day for more just and sustainable futures.

Onyx is an Assistant Professor in the Community, Culture, and Global Studies Department at UBC Okanagan, situated on ancestral and unceded Syilx Okanagan Nation territories.

Dr. Astrida Neimanis

Astrida Neimanis is a cultural theorist working at the intersection of feminism and environmental change. Her research focuses on bodies, water, and weather, and how they can help us reimagine justice, care, responsibility and relation in the time of climate catastrophe. Her most recent book, Bodies of Water: Posthuman Feminist Phenomenology is a call for humans to examine our relationships to oceans, watersheds, and other aquatic life forms from the perspective of our own primarily watery bodies, and our ecological, poetic, and political connections to other bodies of water. Additional research interests include theories and practice of interdisciplinarity, feminist epistemologies, intersectionality, multispecies justice, and everyday militarisms.

Astrida’s research practice includes collaborations with artists, writers, scientists, makers, educational institutions, and communities, often in the form of experimental public pedagogies. Her writing can be found in numerous academic journals and edited collections, artistic exhibitions and catalogues, and online media. Astrida joins UBCO after six years in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney on Gadigal Land, in Sydney, Australia.