BCCIE Summer Conference provides an essential platform for the growth of BC’s international education sector. Our annual conference brings together hundreds of participants from our province, across Canada, and beyond our borders. It attracts senior leaders, researchers, practitioners, student service providers, administrators, government, NGOs, and students to explore these ideas with the aim of strengthening our work and taking steps towards advancing outstanding leadership in the fields of international education in BC.
This year, we’ve got a lot to talk about. In addition to a full range of sessions, the conference agenda will include:
- Networking opportunities;
- Plenary addresses;
- Thought Leader Dialogues on special topics;
- Interactive pre-conference workshops on special topics;
- BCCIE’s 12th annual International Education Awards celebration.
Conference Theme: Addressing Privilege
For those of us enjoying privilege from systems that have kept others on the margins, it is not enough to just listen, nod agreement, write or talk about injustices, wear the T-shirt, watch inequities unfold like they’re in a movie and then change the channel. It is rather about ownership and responsibility, putting in the work, introspection and observation, unpacking the invisible, about recognizing and then strategizing and acting on erasing the systemic barriers prevalent in society and at our institutions. If the mountain won’t come to you, go to the mountain.
Privilege and Education. As educators, we play a crucial role in this algebra. We are mandated to encourage a deeper exposition and broader recognition of privilege, a refined definition, a greater realization of its reach. We should be engaging our colleagues and stakeholders in the endeavour to enlighten and empower youth and students to be part of the change. Once one sees so much of humanity struggling to breathe, silence is not an alternative.
Privilege and International Education. As international educators, our jobs and this enterprise are funded through the 500,000 international students coming to Canada for the immigration pipeline into our first world economy or to learn English as a ticket to economic success and status, should they return home. We recruit from the privileged and upper classes of global economies, the globally mobile, and the few that arrive from outside that demographic dig extra deep just to get in the door. We throw back the little ones, and of course we are culpable in the migration of talent to the global North. We attract the privileged into our classrooms just as we manufacture privilege in our classrooms.
Meet Our Keynote Speakers