News Brief: Check out these KPU events in March

Upcoming events to check out at KPU this semester. (File photo)

Upcoming events to check out at KPU this semester. (File photo)

Kwantlen Polytechnic University has various upcoming events planned for next month to help carry you through the last weeks of the spring semester.

An Open Mic session called “Words and Whistles” with KPU Indigenous writer-in-residence Molly Cross-Blanchard will be taking place at GrassRoots Café and Lounge at the KPU Surrey campus on March 8 from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm. Students can sign up for the event to share stories, poems, songs, play an instrument, or any other talents. To register, email by March 5 with your name, a one sentence bio, and what you’ll be performing to reserve a performance slot. 

Also on March 8 is a KPU Third Age Learning (TALK) event called “Dancing: Backwards: Women in Leadership” to celebrate women in leadership on International Women’s Day. The event will be hosted by Sandy Mayzell, a producer, performer, and activist, from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm via Zoom and will discuss Canadian and Indigenous women in political leadership along with the values of democracy and good citizenship.

Many other TALK sessions are also taking place in March like “Eating for the Planet” hosted by Isabela Ortiz, project coordinator and research associate for Voor Urban Labs, and will discuss the carbon emissions your diet creates and how to reduce it. All TALK sessions are free for KPU students and can be registered for on the KPU TALK website.

In recognition of International Women’s Day, the KSA is hosting a “Women’s day event” to celebrate different talents of women, such as singing, dancing, or drawing on March 14 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Surrey campus Cedar Conference Centre. To learn how you can get involved, send a direct message to “ksa_women_center” on Instagram.

Every Monday and Tuesday until March 28, KPU Indigenous artist-in-residence, Brandon Gabriel, will host a live stream session as he works on carving projects at his off-site studio from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The link will be available online at

Two Art Speaker Series events are also taking place in March. “Oral History, Collaborative Testimony, & Graphic Comics with Frontline Harm Reduction Workers,” hosted by KPU communications instructor Aaron Goodman, will take place March 8 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm.  “Voices of RAs across the Faculty of Arts,” moderated by a student panel, will take place virtually on March 15 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. You can email to RSVP.

On March 23, a “South Asian Arts Festival” will take place from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in the Cedar Conference Centre. Festival will be hosted by its co-conveners Asma Sayed and Gurpreet Sian and will feature drumming, dancing, poetry reading, and singing. You can register to join the event on KPU’s website.

For more information about upcoming events at KPU, visit