Congratulations to PSI Award Recipients Stephanie Glick and Keith Dormond

Inaugurated in 2015, the UBC Public Scholars Initiative (PSI) is designed to support UBC doctoral students as they strive for purposeful social contribution, produce new and creative forms of scholarship and dissertations, and explore diverse career pathways.

Stephanie Glick’s project funded by the Public Scholar Initiative for 2018-2019

From Graphic Violence to Graphic Novel: Engaging Art as Public Pedagogy to Disarm Public Mass Gun Violence

This project analyzes the historic and contemporary issues that co-create the conditions for Public Mass Gun Violence (PMGV) to emerge in the United States within the wider contexts of settler colonialism and chattel slavery. The award will allow Stephanie to convert the findings of her project into a graphic novel so as to be accessible beyond academic audiences.

Stephanie Glick is an artist, educator, and PhD candidate in Educational Studies. She has worked alongside refugees, cancer survivors and caregivers, women experiencing homelessness, as well as runaway and homeless youth.


Keith Dormond’s project funded by the Public Scholar Initiative for 2018-2019

Understanding Honour Related Violence and Oppression in Ways that are Helpful for Victims, their Communities and Canadian Society

The project seeks to explore how service providers such as the police, educators, settlement workers, and counsellors among others understand and respond to incidents of honour related violence and oppression (HRVO) or violence against women that is motivated by notions of honour and shame. The project challenges orientalist frameworks of HRVO that stereotype and marginalize Muslim and South Asian communities. The PSI award will allow Keith to collaborate with service providers throughout Canada as well as develop job aids (handbook, checklist) to assist them to detect, assess and manage cases of HRVO.

Keith is a police detective with the Vancouver Police Department, educator and PhD candidate in Educational Studies.  He has worked as a program manager, counsellor, instructor and researcher on issues of racism, discrimination, unemployment, and violence prevention in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.


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