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A CAPI Intern in the Philippines

Mon, 2012-09-10 09:00

Haydn Shook (far right) with friends in the Philippines
Haydn Shook (far right) with friends in the Philippines

Life gives us unexpected opportunities. Last year, while browsing through the UVic Co-op directory, I spotted an internship placement at Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA) in Quezon City, the Philippines, offered by UVic’s Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives (CAPI). I had just finished my first year of UVic Law, and a summer of articling at a Vancouver Island firm. I was looking for a new challenge—one that would complement my legal education by giving me some extra-jurisdictional experience. CAPI’s placement fit the bill.

Bearing witness—UVic’s Holocaust field school

Wed, 2012-07-11 10:59

Barracks at Auschwitz. Photo: Tristan Swainson
Barracks at Auschwitz. Photo: Tristan Swainson

A dozen participants of UVic’s second annual I-witness Holocaust field school project are now eyewitnesses to the sights, memories and history of the Holocaust. One of those is UVic alumna Dawn Smith (Nuu-chah-nulth from Ehattesaht; Coast Salish from Tsawout).

Lemonade Tycoons

Sun, 2012-07-01 14:34

L-R: Jiaying Liu, Keenan Berg, Chris Harper, Peter Thomas, Ashleigh Fourie and A
L-R: Jiaying Liu, Keenan Berg, Chris Harper, Peter Thomas, Ashleigh Fourie and Alex Currie. Photo: Jennifer Oakes

During 10 intense, lemon-squeezing days in May, BCom students Jiaying Liu, Ashleigh Fourie, Chris Harper, Alex Currie and Keenan Berg produced and sold lemonade at UVic and community events. Their juicy project earned a profit of 65¢ per glass and with every serving they sold, they also solicited donations for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. The students added up their profit plus donations for a total gift of almost $1,400.

Student I-witness--2012 Holocaust Field School

Fri, 2012-06-08 10:49

Participants in UVic's 2nd annual I-witness Holocaust Field School (Berlin, Warsaw, Cracow, Prague) returned from Central Europe in June 2012 with a collection of photographs hinting at the life-changing experience overseas.

Click here to view the photo essay.

Several participants also provided "notes from the field." The group of UVic students, led by program director and UVic professor Dr. Charlotte Schallié, arrived in Berlin on May 14. These three despatches were sent from Europe on May 27 exclusively for The Ring, in addition to the blog posts while the group was overseas. They returned home on June 3.

European exchange program blends co-op and academic exchange

Tue, 2012-05-15 09:30

Alicia Butula (left) and her European "twin" Alexander Wengert (right).
Alicia Butula (left) and her European "twin" Alexander Wengert (right).

When Alicia Butula was searching for an international co-op work experience, she knew she wanted more than a trip abroad. The UVic social sciences co-op student wanted to truly experience the culture and community of her exchange destination. She wanted a guide, and found the perfect solution when she discovered UVic’s CANEU-COOP exchange program.

The spirit of aloha: Indigenous Governance exchange

Wed, 2012-05-09 09:58

IGOV and UHIP students and faculty on the island of Kaho’olawe (Jessica Benson i
IGOV and UHIP students and faculty on the island of Kaho’olawe (Jessica Benson in front row at left)

Having never been to Hawai’i before, I had a typical vision of the tropical paradise: sandy beaches lined with palm trees, a coconut drink decorated with a miniature umbrella in hand, the occasional hula dancer in sight, and a plethora of tourists. This distant, magical place seemed breathtakingly beautiful, but it also seemed a little too conventional for my liking. But when the opportunity came for me to complete an elective course in Hawai’i, I jumped at the chance not knowing that a transformative, life-changing experience awaited me.

Behind the accent: UVic research gives immigrant youth a voice

Mon, 2012-05-07 14:05

Have you ever imagined what it would be like to be an immigrant to Victoria? University of Victoria medical anthropology PhD candidate Sarah Fletcher and her team of immigrant youth research assistants are giving us a good idea. Since October 2011, they have been conducting research on the experiences of immigrant youth in Victoria. Their project, Navigating Multiple Worlds, explores how immigrant youth experience the transition from one country and way of life to another, as well as how they deal with and use the language of stress in everyday life.

Course pairs up grad students and BC ministry and everyone benefits

Mon, 2012-05-07 13:44

Nine students brought their graduate program to life this past spring by adding a crash course in knowledge mobilization to their schedules. GS 505: Research and Evaluation in Children, Youth and Family Services Policies is a multi-disciplinary internship, spearheaded by UVic Knowledge Mobilization Services and instructed by Dr. Gord Miller, (child and youth care). The program paired graduate students with practitioners and policymakers in British Columbia’s Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) to produce research that is immediately applicable to the world around them.

"I found my voice at the UN"

Thu, 2012-03-08 11:18

Slade. Photo: Robie Liscomb
Slade. Photo: Robie Liscomb

In September 2011, I received an email detailing an opportunity to attend the pre-session for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in Geneva, Switzerland. The email, from the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada (FNCFCS), was calling for youth ambassadors to speak about their life experiences being Aboriginal Canadians in todays’ society.

Ted Grant photos take us behind the scenes with Island Medical Program students

Thu, 2012-02-09 10:58

Grant, showing some of his medical photographs. Photo: Arnold LIm
Grant, showing some of his medical photographs. Photo: Arnold LIm

His most famous photo is of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau sliding down a banister. But of all he’s shot in 60 years as a photographer, Ted Grant’s favourite work is the photo series he has done of doctors and nurses at work.