EDST 498N (3): Teaching for equity, inclusion and diversities

July 26 – August 12 (Monday to Thursday*)    |    1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

*During the week of August 2, the course will run from Tuesday, August 3 to Friday, August 6 to accommodate BC Day


This course will overview how race has been, and continues to be, socially constructed within society today. Concepts such as bias, privilege, othering, racism as well as equity, ethical spaces, decolonization, and reconciliation will be explored. Anti-racism is not about simply stating that an individual is against racism but is a process by which we come to understand our own positioning within racism and the systemic issues within social, political, and economic structures in society.

This course will help students gain a deeper understanding of the issues around racism in Canada, the communities we live in, and the schools where we teach. A better understanding of racial bias will help students create spaces of equity, inclusive, and belonging within their classrooms and schools.

By the end of this course, students will:

  • have an understanding of the meanings of race, power, and privilege and how these are embedded in every facet of Canadian society.
  • be able to define colonial history in terms of economic, religious, and political positioning.
  • understand bias and colonization of the mind and how this causes continued colonization and suppression of minority groups.
  • demonstrate ways to work towards antiracist environments and reconciliation.

Meredith Rusk

Rusk is a doctoral student in the Philosophy of Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of British Columbia Okanagan.  She is Eh Cho Dene from the Fort Nelson First Nation. Her research emphasis is around ways to guide non-Indigenous teachers in breaking down power, privilege, and racism and validating Indigenous Knowledge and perspectives as equal to Eurocentric thought. Rusk has been an educator K-12 for 39 years, with 26 years being in Indigenous communities and programs within Alberta and British Columbia. She has facilitated and helped plan Aboriginal workshops for the British Columbia Teachers Federation (BCTF). She was a member of the  BCTF Aboriginal Advisory for five years and the president of the BCTF Aboriginal Specialist Association for two years. Rusk presently works as the District Indigenous Resource Helping Teacher for the North Okanagan – Shuswap School District.

How to register

To register for courses, please visit the Student Information Service Centre (SISC).

Non-BEd students must have third-year standing.

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the Student Information Service Centre (SISC).

If you are looking to transfer a course into UBC Vancouver, or another institution, please confirm transfer credit will be approved prior to registering for a UBC Okanagan course.

*It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the course is accepted towards the completion of a program.

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the Student Information Service Centre (SISC). You must have 2021 Summer registration eligibility. If not, please email sie.education@ubc.ca.

If you are looking to transfer a course into UBC Vancouver, or another institution, please confirm approval of transfer credit prior to registration.

*It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the course is accepted towards the completion of a program.

Apply to take select coursework as a non-degree student at through the Non-Degree Access Studies Application.

Please note: There is no option for “May 2021 – Aug. 2021 .” You will need to apply for “Sept. 2021 – Dec. 2021”, and indicate in the question “Please tell us why you are applying to take courses at UBC through Non Degree Studies” that you are applying for the Summer Institute in Education and list the course(s) and dates. If you require assistance, please email sie.education@ubc.ca

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the  Student Information Service Centre (SISC). You must have 2021 Summer registration eligibility. If not, please email sie.education@ubc.ca.