Wabash Grant Awarded to Explore Pedagogies of Social Justice, Decolonization, and Indigenization 

St. Mark’s College and Corpus Christi College, institutions located on the University of British Columbia (UBC) campus on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people, are delighted to announce they have received a $30,000 USD grant to support their work in advancing pedagogies of social justice, decolonization, and indigenization in a Canadian Catholic context. 


This grant from the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion, renowned for its support of faculty development in theology and religion within higher education, has recognized the remarkable potential within the Colleges.  


"On behalf of our faculty and staff, I extend heartfelt thanks to the Wabash Center for their belief in our vision and their investment in our efforts to promote inclusive dialogue and learning,” remarked Dr. Gerry Turcotte, President of St. Mark’s and Corpus Christi. “This grant not only supports our commitment to social justice and diversity but also empowers us to enact positive change within our institutions and beyond." 


Recognizing the pivotal role of religion and theology faculty, St. Mark’s and Corpus Christi aim to address two key challenges: (1) articulating the pedagogical implications of the new Strategic Plan's focus on Catholic identity and its emphasis on forming students committed to social justice, civic engagement and the common good and (2) fostering a culture of dialogue and inclusivity across disciplines, starting from the lens of theology and religion faculty. Activities will include workshops, retreats, experiential learning events, dialogue sessions and site visits involving Indigenous Knowledge Keepers, guest scholars, and community members. 


"As we embark on this process, we are excited about how future projects can explore the pedagogical implications of our new Strategic Plan’s focus on Catholic identity and its emphasis on forming students,” noted Dr. Lynda Robitaille, Dean of Theology. “This grant enables us to lead by example, inspiring our students to engage with their communities." 


By engaging in this work of pedagogy, the Colleges will enhance the educational experience of students and inspire them to contribute to the cultivation of an inclusive common good. 

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