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What will be discussed
Through her reflections on working in the field, Sam will seek to provide an introduction to program evaluation within a community-based Indigenous context. This includes reviewing approaches, strengths, complexities and opportunities. The session will encourage reflexive thinking on these topics, and aims to leave the audience with practical tools for engaging in culturally responsive evaluation.
About the Presenter
Samantha Tsuruda’s Indigenous roots lie in the Spuzzum First Nation in the Fraser Canyon of BC. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from UVic, and a Master in Public Health from UBC with a focus on Indigenous health. For the past seven years, Sam has worked with Dr. Kim van der Woerd and the team at Reciprocal Consulting conducting research and program evaluation. These experiences have been predominantly with Indigenous programs across the health and social sectors at the community, provincial and federal levels. Passionate about the wellbeing of young people, Sam serves as President of the McCreary Centre Society’s Board of Directors, and has been connected to the YWCA’s Indigenous Youth Mentorship Program for the past five years. Sam is earning her PhD in Educational Studies at UBC, where she is researching education for social justice and social change.