Friday, January 26
1. The Universal Indigenous Ethic of Reciprocity and The First Moment of Encounter in the Social Work Classroom - Jeffrey McNeil, Social Work
A majority of social work students arrive in their undergraduate experience bereft of a depth of understanding and empathy of the experiences of Indigenous Peoples in Canada. This unknowing results in feelings of anger, resentment and finally guilt - this tension however reveals opportunity for the decolonizing instructor to shift feeling in to action and thus reveal a path towards a decolonized heart centered practice.
2. ESTR’s Market: Project-Based Learning - Leanne Mihalicz and Saskia Stinson, ESTR
Over the past 3 years, the Education and Skills Training (ESTR) program at TRU has integrated a unique project-based learning initiative into their Retail and Kitchen streams. The ESTR Kiosk has successfully provided students with cognitive disabilities with job specific training as well as creating a more accessible, visible and inclusive program on campus. Every year the project has grown in products, partnerships and sales which resulted in a need for an expansion. In Fall 2017, one of the existing classrooms in Old Main was transformed into a “cool” little market known for delicious soup and friendly service.