Join Dr. Jan Hare, UBC’s Dean of Education, pro tem, for the second annual Dean’s Community Engagement Series, highlighting key questions and significant priorities engaging educators today.
This virtual session will feature Dr. Farzana Saleem of Stanford University and Marcel Cadogan of the Surrey School District. Together they will discuss strategies to support the wellbeing and success of racially diverse children and adolescents in the K-12 education system. They will share research and experience on managing racial stressors as well as promoting resilience among IBPoC children and adolescents to eradicate racial mental health disparities.
Dr. Surita Jhangiani from the Faculty of Education will facilitate the Q&A.
Date: November 15, 2022
Time: 4:30-6:00pm PDT
Format: Online via Zoom
About Dr. Farzana Saleem
Dr. Saleem is trained as a clinical-community psychologist and am a Professor in the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University. Her research examines the influence of racial stressors and culturally relevant practices on the psychological health, academic success, and well-being of Black adolescents and other youth of color.
Dr. Saleem uses a strengths-based and community-centered lens in her work to study the process and benefits of ethnic-racial socialization (i.e., transmission of information about race, culture, and strategies to prepare for and respond to racism) within families and schools. Dr. Saleem also explores factors in the family, school, and community contexts that can disrupt racial stress and trauma and the consequences.
Her clinical expertise focuses on culturally responsive trauma practices and identity concerns among adolescents. Dr. Saleem translates research to inform, develop, and adapt of tools and interventions that promote racial healing, eradicate mental health and academic racial disparities, and foster psychological health and identity among youth of color.
Dr. Saleem is a visiting scholar to the American Psychological Association RESilience Initiative and serves in several positions focused on inclusion, equity and social justice.
Also, Dr. Saleem is a self-proclaimed dessert connoisseur!
About Marcel Cadogan
Marcel is first generation Canadian-born with Caribbean heritage (Trinidad and Barbados). He is strongly connected to his Caribbean background and is immersed within the community.
Academically, Marcel holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Youth Care with a child welfare specialization, a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a Master’s Degree in Education, School Counselling. Professionally, Marcel has worked in BC school districts (primarily, Surrey) for over 15 years in different capacities, including Youth Care Worker, Teacher and Counsellor. Currently, Marcel works as a School Counsellor in addition to running his own private practice in the community.
Marcel has passion and understanding for the importance of racial and ethnic identity as well as the obstacles that are apparent for those of a minority racial/ethnic background. Having grown up in B.C., Marcel is aware of the challenges and the support needed for the identity development of young black students and students of color in contexts where they are the minority. It is his goal to provide strategies, awareness and understanding on how to support these students within the school system.
Marcel loves being connected to his Caribbean influence and culture through family, community, music, cricket and dominoes. Marcel enjoys movies, cooking, listening to music, playing basketball and golf during his down time. Traveling to new countries, learning about other cultures and meeting new people has been a blessing for Marcel over the years.
Marcel looks to be a voice and advocate for those in his communities and the youth he supports.
About Dr. Surita Jhangiani
Dr. Jhangiani joined the Faculty of Education in 2017 as a lecturer in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology and Special Education (ECPS).
In 2019 she was promoted to tenure–track Instructor in Human Development, Learning and Culture.
Dr. Jhangiani has taught at Capilano University and the Justice Institute of British Columbia. Dr. Jhangiani’s teaching specializations are lifespan development, diversity, and critical pedagogy.