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EMERGE: Welcome Event with Lady Dia and Trophy Ewila
January 30 at 4:30 pm - 7:00 pmFree
Join us for a conversation with Lady Dia and Trophy Ewila who are both alumni of UBC. Their rich experiences and community connections will inspire you on your career journey.
Trophy Ewila is best understood through his interest in finding the ‘name of Africa given by its Indigenous inhabitants before Colonialism’. He is a graduate of UBCO, a member of the founding executive committee of the UBCO African Caribbean Student Club and the first Black (and international) student to be president of UBC SUO. Trophy is a founding member of Kinfolk Nation- an African, Caribbean artist group who tell their story through singing, poetry, storytelling, theater and art forms of all kinds. He is also a founding member/ President of the Africa Ubuntu Association Okanagan.
Lady Dia is a graduate of UBCO obtaining a BA in Indigenous Studies. She was the matron of the House of Hope, a space governed by the philosophy of Ubuntu in daily living. This art-centered space explored its practicality in sustaining community through creativity and collaboration. Lady Dia is a founding member of Kinfolk Nation, co-founder of HEARTH – the first Black and Indigenous student-led initiative in the Okanagan- and the 2021 City of Kelowna Artist in Residence, exploring a community centered approach(guided by the philosophy of Ubuntu) in bridging the disconnect between public cultural spaces, city administrators and I-BPOC community including artists.
What is Emerge?
Emerge is a series of career-focused workshops and sessions intended to support Black students and students of colour while they navigate the job market. The aim is to understand the intricacies of working in the world as a person of colour and provide solutions to unique challenges that may present themselves to people within this community. Join a network of peers and receive targeted guidance how to stand out from the crowd and advocate for yourself and others while job hunting.