What’s New With The Updated Pride at KPU Website

KPU students may have noticed something different about the school’s website: For the first time, it offers resources for LGBTQIA2S+ students and educational materials about the Pride community. When it was unveiled in July, it was considered essential for creating “safer and more inclusive spaces for people of all genders and sexualities” at KPU. “In... Continue Reading

A Look at the KDocsFF Film Selections for 2021

COVID-19 can’t stop KDocsFF 2021 from running this February. The social justice film festival, which celebrates the impact of documentary film and activism, will be held virtually from Feb.18 to 21. Tickets will go up for sale sometime later this fall. Picking the official film selections wasn’t easy for Janice Morris, Founder and Festival Director... Continue Reading

Canadian Culinary Imaginations: Food for Thought on Canadian Identity

Canadian Culinary Imaginations is a compilation of essays, interviews, and visual art assembled and edited by KPU Faculty of Arts Associate Dean Dr. Shelley Boyd, and Fine Arts instructor Dr. Dorothy Barenscott. The book is an interdisciplinary collection that combines the work of artists, academics, and writers from across Canada, and it delves into various... Continue Reading

The Cultch Announces Its Fall 2020 Season

The Vancouver East Cultural Centre, also known as The Cultch, describes itself as Vancouver’s most diverse and innovative arts and cultural hub. The not-for-profit registered charity operates the Historic Theatre, York Theatre, and Vancity Culture Lab and is known for its cutting edge, contemporary programming. At the Cultch, you can find dance, theatre, circus, music,... Continue Reading

KSA Peer Support Centre Presents Catching Up with Kiran and Kayla

Peer Support Coordinators Kiran Natt and Kayla MacGillivray have initiated Instagram live sessions through the KSA’s Instagram. The two coordinators go live every Wednesday from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m. They began hosting the live sessions on July 13 and have been actively doing them ever since. They talk about a different topic each Wednesday and... Continue Reading

Former KPU Instructor Sandy Fraser Creates Award for Interior Design Students

KPU’s Interior Design program has announced that it will be offering students the Sandy Fraser Award for Outstanding Design. The $5,000 annual scholarship will go to a student who has demonstrated “research, experimentation and creative problem-solving skills to achieve forward-thinking and innovative solutions that have the possibility of transforming people’s lives.” This award will be... Continue Reading

KPU Instructor’s New Book Explores the Sikh View on Happiness

The Sikh View on Happiness: Guru Arjan’s Sukhmani authored by Asian Studies instructor Kamala Nayar and clinical counsellor Jas Sandhu is an analysis, exploration, and translation of the celebrated religious text, the Sukhmani. Translating to “Pearl of Happiness,” the Sukhmani was written by Guru Arjan about 400 years ago. As the fifth of 10  Gurus... Continue Reading

UBC Farm Hosts Eight-part Webinar on Food Systems and Climate Change

An eight-part webinar series put on by the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems (CSFC), the B.C. Food Web, and the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at UBC (LFS) hopes to answer fundamental questions on building resilient food systems during COVID-19. The pandemic has brought vulnerabilities in communities around the world to light. Food inequalities,... Continue Reading

KPU Instructor Helps Write E-Book on Preventing Relationship Violence

For years, KPU nursing instructor Dr. Balbir Gurm has worked to offer comprehensive resources on relationship violence to the public. Much of this work has been done through the Network to Eliminate Violence in Relationships (NEVR), a cross-disciplinary organisation Gurm founded which aims to stop systemic relationship violence by educating people on how we can... Continue Reading

Surrey's Art Takeout Courses Spark Participants' Imaginations at Home

The Feed Your Inner Artist program with Art Takeout Courses hosted by the Surrey Art Gallery enables participants of all ages to try new mediums and artistic techniques from home. The two takeout courses to choose from were Drawing in the Field and Hand Building with Clay. The six-week interactive hands-on courses included material pickup... Continue Reading

KPU Sports and Rec Introduces Virtual Fitness Classes

Sports and Recreation at KPU is keeping students, faculty, and staff physically active during the pandemic with their newly-introduced virtual classes. The classes, which used to be taught in-person, started in June and are completely free for students. Sports & Rec is offering Mindful Yoga classes with coordinator Julia Nobauer and Full Body Workout classes... Continue Reading

KPU Offers New Diversity in Brewing Scholarship

A new scholarship announced July 8 marks a collaboration between the Diversity in Brewing initiative and Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Brewing and Brewery Operations program. Heather Keegan, the founder and now coordinator of Diversity in Brewing, says that the scholarship was born out of wanting to support BIPOC and LGBTQ2S+ students interested in joining the craft... Continue Reading

Wilson School of Design Grad Recognized for His Adaptable Ski Jacket at Annual Competition

Riley Scott says that being recognized as the student runner-up for the sports and recreation award by Core77 was both surreal and exciting. In mid-June, the Core77 Design Awards announced student and professional winners, runner- ups, and notable designers across the 18 categories judged. The award show has been highlighting excellence in design for nine... Continue Reading

Black Hair in Focus Event Explores the History and Politics of Black Hair

Black Hair in Focus: The History and Politics of Black Hair was an online roundtable facilitated by the Students of Caribbean and African Ancestry group at Simon Fraser University. On June 30, over 20 attendees participated via Zoom. The online discussion brought attention to the politics of Black hair, the way it has been perceived... Continue Reading

Vancouver’s African Descent Festival Will Be Partially Online this Summer

For the first time, the African Descent Festival will be hosted online this year to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 among attendees. Yasin Kiraga created the event in 2015 to bring “people of African descent together.” According to Kiraga, the festival was launched as an awareness campaign for promoting the art and culture of people... Continue Reading