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Raising Diverse Student Voices and Opportunities

There have been several recent initiatives providing students with opportunities to share their voices and come together to create a better future for everyone.

Cross Cultural Symposium on Anti-Racism 

Earlier this month the District cohosted the seventh annual Cross Cultural Symposium on Anti-Racism for students in Grades 6 to 12 from across Metro Vancouver.

More than 1200 people connected virtually, as children and youth – alongside cultural leaders – expressed what they need to be their true and authentic selves at school.

Collaborating with UBC on Black Futures Program

Nearly two dozen Black students from secondary schools across the District participated in a program designed to ignite post-secondary horizons. From October to May, the youth in Grades 10 to 12 visited the University of British Columbia campus to learn about and imagine what university life might look like for them.

Hosted by UBC in collaboration with school districts across the province, the UBC Black Futures program included tours and hands-on practice with the admissions and application processes. Students also participated in information sessions, lectures, and teamwork activities with peers from other cities. There were also opportunities to interact with Black undergraduate students, faculty, and professionals in the community who answered questions and offered support.

Scroll down to read more about what’s happening in Burnaby Schools.

Read about awareness-building efforts, opportunities to celebrate culture and diversity, as well as anti-racism work happening in Burnaby Schools:

Learning Through Indigenous Teachings and Honouring Culture
Celebrating Diversity in Burnaby Schools
Honouring Community Traditions and Practices – May 2022
Pride Flag Raised in Advance of IDAHAT Celebration – May 2022
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Pride Showcased at Event – April 2022
Honouring and Learning About Black History – February 2022
District Hosting Black Excellence Day for Thousands – January 2022
We’ve Got Pride – June 2021
Virtual Event Supports LGBTQ+ Community – May 2021
Dismantling Racism: Invitation to Engagement Process – May 2021
Asian Heritage Month: Honouring, Celebrating and Taking Action – May 2021
Black History Month: Celebrating & Learning – February 2021
Supporting Black Shirt Day – January 2021
Continuing Our Journey: Supporting Anti-Racism – October 2020
Action on Racism: Burnaby Board of Education – June 2020
Supporting LGBTQ+ Community: Annual Event Reimagined – May 2020
Celebrating Black History Month in Burnaby Schools – February 2019


Posted May 2022