Lunch & Learn JEDI Session: Stories and their Roles in teaching through an EDII framework with Duff Roberts

Our next session will be held on Friday, June 17th, 2022 at noon (PT). Duff Roberts (Lecturer, Jointly Appointed in LFS and Forestry) will lead the session this week.

The Lunch & Learn Series hosts a Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI)-based discussion session on the third Friday of each month. These sessions are led by Will Valley (Associate Dean, EDI at Faculty of Land and Food Systems) and the Learning Centre Team, and will be open to all. For these sessions, attendees will be provided with an article or podcast episode that will be explored in a reflective and interactive discussion.

In this week’s Learn & Learn session, Duffy is inspired by Alison Conrad’s explanation of the narratives that perpetuate white supremacy in food systems (; building upon Chimamanda Adichie’s Ted talk on “The Danger of a Single Story”, Duffy will explore the ways literature can support EDII student-centric teaching.  We will begin with Duffy’s story about “why stories?”, move on to an explanation of how he uses a “Story Approach” to teaching, then lead participants through a close reading of literature examples (compiled in the PDF below), and end with an open discussion on the participants stories about how they do (and might) include a storied approach to teaching and learning. 

  • [Video – 18min] Chimamanda Adichie’s Ted talk on “The Danger of a Single Story”
  • [2 min read] “A Baker’s Dozen: 13 Vancouver Food (In)Securities”, Billeh Nickerson
  • [1 min read] “Inside the Garden: Bees”, Wendy Morton
  • [1 min read] “Willow”, Catherine Graham
  • [2 min read] “Water Drinker”, Philip Kevin Paul
  • [2 min read] “Cinnamon Peeler,” Michael Ondaatje
  • [1 min read] “Recognition/Identification Test,” Rita Wong
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