Racialized Faculty Workshop: Navigating Power Imbalances and Counter-power Harassments

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Open to: Faculty

Dr. Asma Sayed and Gwenessa Lam will have an illuminating discussion on "Navigating Power Imbalances and Counter-power Harassments as a Racialized Faculty".


Oct 27, 2023 11:30am – 12:30pm

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In conjunction with the ECU 101 Event Series, we are proud to introduce a parallel series of workshops tailored exclusively for our racialized faculty members. This initiative is designed to create a nurturing space where individuals can connect, share their experiences, and offer valuable support to one another, thereby fostering a deeper sense of community.

"Navigating Power Imbalances and Counter-power Harassments as a Racialized Faculty" with Dr. Asma Sayed and Gwenessa Lam
October 27th, 2023

Hybrid: Online and in-person the Boardroom in the President’s Office
Time: 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM

The Racialized Faculty Workshops will be conducted in a hybrid format. To register for the Zoom sessions, kindly send an email to, including which workshops you want to attend.

We kindly request you to mark your calendars for these events. We are genuinely excited to embark on this journey of knowledge sharing, unwavering support, and the building of a stronger, more closely-knit academic community alongside you.


Dr. Asma Sayed
is the Canada Research Chair in South Asian Literary and Cultural Studies in the Department of English at the Kwantlen Polytechnic University. She is also Special Advisor, Strategic Initiatives in the Office of the Provost. Previously, she served as Associate Vice President, Anti-racism, leading KPU’s newly established Office of Anti-Racism. As the Chair of KPU’s Task Force on Antiracism from July 2020 – October 2022, she led an institution-wide initiative to foster anti-racism. As the President of the Canadian Association for Postcolonial Studies (formerly CACLALS) from 2019-22, she led multiple initiatives focused on EDI. Sayed also has served as an adviser on various boards and NGO. She is the recipient of KPU’s Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Award for 2023.

Gwenessa Lam is currently Associate Professor at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. She is a visual artist and educator. Her artwork stems from interests in perception and the compression of time and memory within images. Gwenessa received her BFA from the University of British Columbia and MFA from New York University. She has taught at New York University, the University of British Columbia, and the Alberta University of the Arts. She has attended residencies at Skowhegan, MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the Banff Centre. Her work has been exhibited at the Bronx Museum of Art and the Queens Museum of Art in New York.

This event series is supported and initiated by the NSERC EDI Capacity Building Grant.