Stefania's teaching excellence has been undeniable. Stefania has made distinct contributions to their areas of expertise and has been influential.
My experiences as a member of the Punjabi community in British Columbia first led me to think about gender and racial inequalities and the need to challenge prejudice and discrimination. Frequent travels to visit extended family in India also opened my eyes to the existence of suffering and inequity on a global scale. When I learned that there was such a thing as ‘studying international development’, I did not hesitate to choose this as my area of study for my Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate degrees.
The COVID-19 pandemic, along with recent climate-related natural disasters, violent conflicts, and the resurgence of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, have exposed the complexities of systemic socio-economic inequities in the global north and global south counties, and power disparities in the international system and their ramifications for global humanitarianism.
Biological and philosophical beliefs are the first things under attack when racism raises its ugly head and strikes. Some things we are born with, some things we learn and attain, some things we can unlearn and change, some things we cannot (and don’t want to) change – like the colour of our skin.
Catherine Smith (Liao), a UFV nursing faculty member, and Vice-Chair and director of ReSurge Africa, helped to rebuild the health-care system through a two-year volunteer stint in Sierra Leone. Already scarce, healthcare prospects for a city made up of over 112, 000 people became largely unavailable. The war left infrastructure destroyed and a vast majority of Sierra Leoneans displaced.
An initiative aimed at educating women, and engaging in community planning with a primary school in rural Tanzania involved working with the Girls in ICT Portal, a UN affiliate designed to help girls prepare for careers in information and communication technology. Through this program, the UFV students hosted a seminar aimed at teaching young women how to work with technological tools used for urban development.