Gender+ and COVID-19: Data for Justice (July 16, 2020)


On July 16th from 12.00-1.30pm PST, the Collective for Gender+ in Research will host our second online teach-in called Gender+ and COVID-19: Data for Justice. During this event, a panel of speakers will attend to the various ways data can be mobilized by and for communities during the pandemic; how communities are responding to the need for intersectional data collection and analysis; and what some of the vulnerabilities might be for specific individuals and communities in the push to collect and disseminate health data.

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The teach-in will be hosted by UBC Professor JP Catungal and speakers will include: Faithe Day, PhD (Purdue University); Dr. June Francis (SFU); Courtney Skye (Yellowhead Institute); and Kevonnie Whyte (Black in BC Mutual Aid Collective).

Dr. John Paul (JP) Catungal (UBC, moderator) is an interdisciplinary scholar trained in the nexus of critical human geography and intersectional feminist theorizing. His research interests concern Filipinx and Asian Canadian studies; feminist and queer of colour critique; migrant, anti-racist and queer community organizing; and the politics of education, mentorship, teaching and learning. JP is currently Assistant Professor in Critical Racial and Ethnic Studies with UBC’s Social Justice Institute, where he was previously an instructor and Postdoctoral Fellow. His active research projects include “Mentorship as Political Practice”, a community partnered research project with the Kababayan Academic Mentorship Program (KAMP); “Queer World Cities”, in partnership with Dr. Natalie Oswin (at McGill University); and an oral history of HIV/AIDS in Vancouver BC, with various local community partners. He teaches courses on theories of subjectivity, representation and queer of colour critique, as well as global social justice issues and Asian Canadian studies.

Dr. Faithe Day (Purdue University / Assistant Director, COVID Black) (she/her) is a CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow in African and African American Data Curation at Purdue University in the Libraries and School of Information Studies and African American Studies and Research Center. Dr. Day is also the Assistant Director of COVID Black, a Black Digital Humanities Collective and Taskforce on Black health data and discourse. Her interests include the ethics and critique of data and data justice as well as community based and intersectional data. Dr. Day’s research specifically focuses on Black queer and femme digital praxis, and how people perform their identity through the study of online comments and video sharing platforms.

Dr. June Francis (SFU / Co-Chair, Hogan’s Alley Society) is an Associate Professor of Marketing and is the Co-Founder of The Co-Laboratorio project that works to strengthen cross-sector collaboration, learning and innovation — for more inclusive resilient solutions in governance, policies and industry practice.   She is also Director of the Institute for Diaspora Research and Engagement at SFU. The Institute’s mandate is to strengthen the  links between scholarly research, policy and practice related to multi-cultural and diaspora communities and their role in building innovative, sustainable and inclusive initiatives.

Courtney Skye (Yellowhead Institute) Ganyáhdę: niyagˀesyaóˀdę:, Ganyęˀge̲ho:nǫˀ niyagǫ̲hwę́jˀodę: neˀ Courtney. Gayogo̲ho:noˀ ǫdéwayę́:staˀ. Ohswe:gęˀ hǫ: gyagohdo:gęh. Grihoˀgwa:s niyagoihoˀdęhsroˀdę:. Courtney is a researcher, policy development consultant and Cayuga language student. She is a Research Fellow with the Yellowhead Institute, a First Nations-led governance think tank at the Faculty of Arts, Ryerson University. She has led policy development for the public sector at local, provincial, and national levels, with a specific focus on youth development and ending violence against Indigenous women, girls, queer, Trans, gender-diverse, and Two-Spirit people. Her work focuses on the promotion of the political mobilization of Indigenous women, queer, Trans, gender-diverse, Two-Spirit people and youth to create transformational change in communities.

Kevonnie Whyte (Vancouver Coastal Health / Black in BC Mutual Aid Collective) is a Business Analyst at Vancouver Coastal Health. She is passionate about seeing people reach their full potential and does this through developing, implementing and managing the processes involved with improving people’s workplace experiences- especially the experiences of those most marginalized. When you don’t see her at the gym, doing yoga, or hanging out with friends, you will find her active in the black community as she currently sits on the board of the National Congress of Black Women Foundation as well as the City of Vancouver Racial and Ethno-Cultural Advisory Committee.