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Warren Wong: Board Member Memo

By: James Matthews, a Laurier Institution Blog Contributor “My first love was the film industry. I was fortunate to attend one of the newest high schools in Vancouver at the time and we had a TV studio,” Warren Wong shares during our (virtual) walk down memory lane. Instead, it was a different

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Protecting Old-Growth and Indigenous Knowledge

By: Isabelle Vauclair, a Laurier Institution Blog Contributor Last month, more than one hundred politicians, celebrities, and citizens alike signed an open letter to Premier Horgan calling on him to save at-risk old-growth trees in B.C. Pressure for government intervention continues to increase as climate conditions worsen globally. From record-breaking floods in

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Robert Daum: Board Member Memo

By: James Matthews, a Laurier Institution Blog Contributor Robert’s family history lies at the middle of the great bagel debate: Montreal versus New York. Much to my chagrin, as someone obsessed with carbs, Robert didn’t bite when I pressed him on this topic. But Robert made up for that in spades throughout

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Seniors and Mental Health

By: Isabelle Vauclair, a Laurier Institution Blog Contributor Discussions around mental health have come a long way in terms of inclusion and acceptance. Even communities with strong stigmas around mental health and illness are reconsidering their approaches. Around the globe, medical professionals, educators, and advocates alike have made efforts to broaden the

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What Is Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion? 

By: Isabelle Vauclair, a Laurier Institution Blog Contributor For decades, diversity has been widely discussed and valued in the corporate and research worlds. While society has taken great strides towards diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in the workplace, many companies are still fixated on the numbers. How many women, BIPOC, and disabled individuals

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Addressing the Wage Gap at the Corporate Level

By: Terri Hopkinson, a Laurier Institution Blog Contributor The UN estimates the gender wage gap worldwide to be 23%. This percentage fluctuates from country to country, but the data is overwhelming: women and people of other genders are substantially underpaid compared to their cisgender male peers. And the problem just gets worse when

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How to Have Better Conversations About Anti-Asian Hate

Tragedy in Atlanta  By: Vikash Dass, a Laurier Institution Blog Contributor Last week, the fatal shootings of eight people in Atlanta included six Asian women, intensifying the focus of anti-Asian racism and acts of violence across the United States and the world at large.  However, it’s only the latest act in a surge

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5 Podcasts that Promote Diversity and Inclusion

By: James Matthews, a Laurier Institution Blog Contributor Podcasts have flourished during COVID-19 despite reduced commute times. Whether your new commute takes you to your home office or couch, we’ve created a list of the top 5 podcasts to add to your podcast library that will help to deepen your understanding of diversity

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How to be a More Diverse and Inclusive Sports Fan

By: James Matthews, a Laurier Institution Blog Contributor For those who have grown up playing or supporting a sport, the benefits are easy to name: Sports can open social avenues, networking opportunities and a unique opportunity to be part of a community. But this has not always been the reality for those

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