Staff of UBC Learning Circle (CfEIH)

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Leah Walker,  Associate Director – Education is of Aboriginal, Danish and English ancestry and has strong family ties with Sto:lo Nation at Seabird Island.  Leah is very interested in work that involves community partnerships, cultural safety, and working with medical and other health professionals in developing skills to better serve our communities. She currently teaches IHHS 409: International Indigenous Experiences of Colonization, and an Aboriginal Health Elective (IHHS 408) that situates health professional students in First Nations communities to work with and learn from the people. Leah also facilitates a variety of workshops and sessions in cultural safety and Indigenous medical education. She is currently working with the communities of Skidegate and Old Massett on a Cultural Safety Project, as well as internationally on a five-year CIHR funded grant with partners in New Zealand, Australia and in Canada entitled “Educating for Equity: Exploring how Health Professional Education can Reduce Disparities in Chronic Disease Care and Improve Outcomes for Indigenous Populations.”

Email: leah.walker@ubc.ca

Phone: (604) 822-5973

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Divine Ridley, Program Coordinator is of the Nisga’a/Tsimshian/Gitksan Nation, was raised in Gitxaala, and hails from Wilps WisinXbi’ilkw in Nisga’a and Wilps Dak’aam Haast in Gitk’san.  Divina belongs to the Giskaast tribe and has been living in Ts’amiks (Vancouver) for 26 years. She majored in Family Science and Women’s Studies in UBC. She is currently working as a Program Coordinator at the UBC Learning Circle. Her position as Program Coordinator entails booking, coordinating, communication, advocating for the UBC Learning Circle and Youth Circle, marketing, web-updating, technical assistance setting up and ensuring that the equipment are in good working order for webinars and videoconferences, as well as editing videos. She has also worked similarily with the UBC Summer Science and Aboriginal Health and Community Administration program where she also recruited students in both programs.

Email: divina.ridley@ubc.ca

Phone: (604) 827-5454

 

 

Aurelia Kinslow, Acting/Education Coordinator – UBC Learning Circle is of African American, Cherokee, Choctaw, Irish and Scandinavian descent. She is responsible for developing and facilitating the UBC Learning Circle, Research Circle and Youth Circle. Her role also extends to developing and implementing educational curriculum, facilitating workshops and lectures. 

Aurelia is currently a PhD Candidate in Curriculum Studies at UBC, focusing on Indigenous Education and Performing Arts. Her research passions include cultural revitalization, social justice, and building capacity for improved education in Indigenous communities.

Email: aurelia.kinslow@ubc.ca

Phone: (604) 822-2886