Dental Care Beyond a Hope and a Prayer with Dr. Rafael Bustamante (DDS)

Youtube Recording Link In Canada, “universal” health care excludes dental care. If folks have dental coverage under a benefit plan it is limited at best. This causes extreme health care issues for folks whose lives are shaped by poverty. Dr. Raf will teach us how to care for our teeth on a shoestring budget. He…

Get your voice heard! Seeking book contributors.

Exploring the violence of poverty: A Freirean, trauma informed coproduction on life in austerity (Working title. The actual title will emerge from the work.) These are the voices of people who are almost entirely absent in texts on social services, the criminal justice system, food bank usage, mental health, and many other issues. The book…

Graphic design for impact

You’ve done the research. You don’t want it to collect dust on the shelf. You want it to make a difference. But you’re used to the academic status quo knowledge mobilization. This is where graphic design makes a difference. I am a researcher and graphic designer. I use the power of design to make research…

String it Together learning series

The Shoestring Initiative hosts monthly free String it Together: Finding togetherness in community on the education digi-scape webinars focused on social class on how classism shapes experiences in and understandings of higher education in Canada and around the world. The Shoestring Initiative is a grassroots solidarity movement to create communities of mentorship, belonging, support and…

#113 Revolutionizing & Radicalzing Poverty Definitions – SSSP session finalized

Session sponsor: poverty, class, and inequalitySession organizers: Elaine Laberge, University of Victoria (Canada) | Annette M Mackay, West Virginia University (USA) Around the world, nations are ravaged by capitalism, neoliberalism, ever-evolving —isms. In colonized nations, stratification ladders are forged with the iron will of colonial and capitalist beliefs and practices. We are in a moment…

Identity Politics Needs Some Class I & II: Jun 2 @ CSA & Congress 2021

Canadian Sociological Association Annual Conference | May 31 – June 4, 2021 VIRTUAL 55th Annual Conference of the CSA https://congress2021.ca/ Title: Identity Politics Needs Some Class https://www.csa-scs.ca/conference/en/Session Code: APS5Organizers: Elaine J Laberge, University of Victoria (Education); Jes Annan, University of Victoria (Sociology); Chelsea Thomas, University of Victoria; Charity Slobod, University of Alberta (Faculty of Graduate…

Outliers imagining otherwise in and for universities

Elaine Laberge, PhD Candidate, University of Victoria Written for my PhD Candidacy February 17, 2020 Many emotions drove me to write Miseducation – sorrow, guilt, pride, anger, righteous indignation, regret, anxiety, and fear. But above all a sense of urgency and desperation that, as a woman approaching 70, time was running out. Reay, 2018, p….

COVID-19 and poverty-class higher education students

March 13, 2020 Re: COVID-19 and poverty-class students Dear Canadian University Leaders: I write to you with fingertips quivering over the keyboard. I do not want to further expose myself to ridicule and shame. Yet, I must publicly come out of the social underclass closet because this situation is far more important than my shamed…

Leadership search for meaning making

But it is important to remember that we created these negative and demoralized people. We created them by relying on organising processes that discount and deny our best human capacities…. We can realize that ‘you can’t hate someone whose story you know.’” (Wheatley, 2007, pp. 56-57) This land is your land; this land is not…