Saturday March 24th
Quest University Canada
Multipurpose Room

Quest University’s third annual Power, Race and Privilege Symposium will take place on the unceded territory of the Skwxwú7mesh peoples. We are grateful to have the opportunity to work and learn in this blessed territory.

This Symposium is a student organized event hosted by the Student Representative Council. The symposium aims to foster critical awareness and dialogue about the dynamics of racial oppression and inequality. By putting Quest faculty and students in conversation with other respected scholars and activists, we hope to deepen our understanding of the ways that power and marginalization function both on our campus and beyond.

Keynote Speaker:
Harsha Walia

Harsha Walia is a cofounder of the migrant justice group No One Is Illegal, author of award-winning book Undoing Border Imperialism, and Project Coordinator at the Downtown Eastside
Women’s Center. For the past two decades she has been involved in frontline community organizing including Defenders of the Land network, South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy, and the February 14th Women’s Memorial March.
Trained in the law, she has made numerous presentations on race, gender and poverty to the United Nations. She also sits on the editorial boards of Abolition Journal and Feminist Wire. Harsha is a recipient of the Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives Power of Youth Award, Westender’s Best of the City in Activism Award, and been named “one of Canada’s most brilliant and effective organizers” by Naomi Klein.

Keynote Speaker:
Ali Bhagat 

Ali is a W.C Good Memorial Fellow (2017-2019) in International Relations and holds the IDRC Doctoral Research Award (2018) in the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University. His work at McGill University focused on the displacement of queer refugees in South Africa. His current project compares urban displacement in Paris and Nairobi and focuses on the governance of forced migration on international, national, and local scales. He is particularly interested in issues of identity (race, class, sexuality, and gender) with regard to displacement, labour, and shelter. His theoretical focus is influenced by both Marxist and Critical Race scholarship. Using a racial-capitalist analytical lens, Ali bridges insights from urban geography, comparative politics, and international relations in order to understand the complexity of forced migration in contemporary neoliberalism

Workshop Schedule

Registration Required 

Race and Capitalism / Ali Bhagat and Leanne Roderick / Friday March 23rd 4:30-6:30pm 
Body Mapping Social Justice / Teresa Vander Meer-Chasse / Sunday March 25th 1:00-3:00pm 



Welcome / 10:00-10:30am, MPR

Art and Activism / 10:30-11:45am, MPR / Teresa Vander Meer-Chasse, Ciara Havishya Prithipaul, Maria Jose Araujo

Keynote Address:  The Political Economy of Race, and Sexuality in Forced Migration /12:00-1:15pm, MPR / Ali Bhagat 

Intersectional Experiences of Disability, Ableism and Health / 2:15-3:30pm, MPR / Luke Galvani, Carmen Papalia, Shahed Aburegeba

Geographies of Race in Canada / 3:45-5:00pm, MPR / Beverly Ho, Alexis Moerman, Ravneet Minhas

Keynote Address: Beyond Environmentalism to Environmental Justice / 5:30-6:45pm, MPR / Harsha Walia


Closing Remarks / 6:45-7:15pm, MPR 

Campus & Location

Located within the unceded territory of the Squamish Nation in the dramatic landscape of the Sea-to-Sky region, on the edge of the Pacific rim, and close to the dynamic city of Vancouver, this place shapes who we are and how we learn. Visit our Campus & Location page.

Contact Us:

3200 University Boulevard
Squamish, BC . Canada V8B0N8
Phone: (+1) 604 898-8000
Fax: (+1) 604 815-0829