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2014 Provost's Advocacy and Activism Awards

Thu, 2014-02-06 12:16

Housty and Whittington. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Housty and Whittington. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Congratulations to Barbara Whittington and Jessie Housty, recipients of the inaugural Provost’s Advocacy and Activism Awards, presented at the Provost’s Diversity Research Forum: Arts, Allies and Activism on Jan. 29.

Jessie Housty, a master’s student in English, is an advocate and activist for Indigenous rights, founder and director of the Thistalalh Memorial Library, director of traditional ecological knowledge for the Qqs Projects Society, campaigner to end trophy hunting in the Great Bear Rainforest, educator on tankers and pipelines on the BC coast and co-teacher of UVic’s Geography 453 course at the Hakai Beach Institute.

Barbara Whittington, associate professor in the School of Social Work, is a pioneer of equity and diversity work. She was the first sexual harassment advisor at UVic and worked to establish UVic’s employee and family assistance program. She is also a strong advocate for UVic’s Family Centre.

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