Workshop: Responsible Research with the Settlement Sector

Responsible Research with the Settlement Sector


Students, researchers, and faculty, join us for a workshop and dialogue sessions with UBC researchers and immigrant/refugee settlement sector representatives that will showcase responsible, community engaged research practices. This session will examine the benefits and challenges of community-university research collaborations and share recent examples of successful collaborations from both academic and community perspectives. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in practical discussions about how to engage the settlement sector in research initiatives.

This session is designed especially for graduate students, researchers, and faculty with experience in this area to engage in dialogue.

Date: Thursday, October 12th
5:30 pm – 7:30pm
Venue: ISSofBC, Welcome Centre – Vancity Room (2nd floor), 2610 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Light dinner offered.


Kathy Sherrell, Associate Director of Settlement, ISSofBC 
Bio: Kathy Sherrell is Associate Director of Settlement at ISSofBC, the largest agency of its kind in Western Canada, with targeted programs for refugees, women, children and youth, plus support services in over 45 languages. Their programs and services are available throughout Metro Vancouver, Squamish and the Okanagan. Kathy holds a PhD in Geography with an emphasis on Canadian refugee resettlement.

Miu Chan Yan, Professor and Director, School of Social Work, UBC
Bio: Professor Miu Chung Yan joined the School of Social Work in 2004 and is currently Director. His sojourner’s experience has influenced his major research interests covering settlement and integration of immigrants and refugees, critical cross-cultural and antiracist practice, place-based community development and policy, globalization and social development, and North-South social work knowledge transfer. As an applied qualitative researcher, he adopts a collaborative community-based approach in his research works.

John Dubé, Senior Manager, Settlement Programs, MOSAIC
Bio: John Dubé is a registered social worker and registered clinical counsellor. He has been in senior management for over 20 years overseeing such programs as suicide prevention/intervention, counselling and education, health-based case management, immigration services, human resources, finance and accreditation. Over the last seven years John has focused on accreditation, best practices and hearing the voice of clients, and now has returned to directly supporting staff in their work with clients.

Lisa Brunner, PhD Student, Department of Educational Studies
Bio: Lisa Brunner is a Liu Scholar and PhD student in the Department of Educational Studies at UBC. Her research focuses on immigration and higher education policies, internationalization, and ethics. She is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) with professional experience advising international university students, using geographic information systems (GIS) to map government-assisted refugee settlement, developing cultural orientation training materials, and teaching English as an additional language.

Neila Miled, PhD Candidate, Department of Educational Studies
Bio: Neila is a UBC Public Scholar and Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Educational Studies at UBC. Her research interests are in qualitative research methods, critical ethnography, social and cultural contexts of education, teacher education and transnational youth studies. She is focusing on the entanglements of multiculturalism, (im)migration, media and globalization and how they impact educational organizations, students’ identities, educational policy and practice. Neila has experience working with various NGOs, particularly those working with Syrian refugees, and she is currently conducting a photovoice project with Muslim youth immigrants and refugees.

Moderator: Lucy Buchanan-Parker, Research and Information Coordinator, AMSSA
Bio: As Research and Information Coordinator at AMSSA, Lucy leads AMSSA’s research work and supports settlement organizations in BC through knowledge mobilization initiatives. She also works to support collaborations between researchers and settlement organizations in BC. Lucy holds a Master’s degree in Social Policy and sits on the coordination committee of the Canadian Child and Youth Refugee Research Coalition.

This event is part of After the Flight: Community-University Refugee & Migration Symposium hosted by AMSSA, MOSAIC, ISSofBC, Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture (VAST), the Vancouver Immigration Partnership, UBC Community Engagement, UBC Liu Institute for Global Issues and the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, UBC International Student Development, the UBC Graduate Student Migration Network, and the UBC Equity and Inclusion Office.

Find more details on symposium events between October 11 – October 19, 2017 here.

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