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IBPOC Connections faculty & staff lunch: Create joy and play

March 9, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Come together in community with other IBPOC faculty, staff and postdoctoral fellows to create joy and play at the IBPOC Connections faculty & staff lunch.

Co-hosted with St. John’s College, the focus of this lunch is creativity and connection. Enjoy a pan-Asian menu while networking with colleagues and engaging in arts and crafts activities. You will also have the opportunity to hear a slam poetry performance from Pablo Beimler, participate in a short salsa dancing class from Natalie Armendariz and win a door prize!

Buy a ticket

*Please note we use Eventbrite for ticket purchases, if you prefer to pay cash for your ticket, you may do so by emailing sjc.events@ubc.ca and then pay cash, with the exact change, at the St. John’s College Administration Office located at 2111 Lower Mall. The office is open Monday – Friday from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm. You may also use this method to pay what you can.


  • Dr. Arig al Shaibah, Associate Vice-President, Equity and Inclusion, Equity & Inclusion Office
  • Dr. Henry Yu, Principal, St. John’s College
  • Pablo Akira Beimler, Co-Senior Project Manager, UBC Climate Emergency
  • Natalie Armendariz, Student Information & Program Assistant, UBC Go Global

What to expect

  • Enjoy a lunch prepared by St. John’s College’s culinary team drawn from their pan-Asian menu
  • Hear brief remarks from Dr. Arig al Shaibah and Dr. Henry Yu on the importance of joy
  • Listen to a special slam poetry performance from Pablo Beimar on the impact of joy
  • Get moving with a brief salsa lesson from Natalie Armendariz
  • Build community and connect with other IBPOC faculty, staff and postdoctoral fellows at UBC
  • Enjoy simple arts and crafts activities, including origami and coloring
  • Win a door prize!

Who can join

UBC faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students employed as staff who identify as Indigenous, Black, People of Colour and/or racialized are welcome.

Event lead(s)

Madison Tardif
Equity & Inclusion Strategist

Vanessa Kim
Events & Communications Coordinator