XChanges: Borders of Being

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Event Details

Location: Online

Date: March 15th at 9:30 AM - March 16th at 3:30 PM EDT

Register here: https://www.ticketfi.com/event/4112/xchanges-borders-of-wellness

Event Description

Racial Advocacy for Inclusion, Solidarity, and Equity (RAISE) is proud to invite you to our third annual conference!

The University of Waterloo student-led service RAISE and the Wilfrid Laurier University Students For Palestinian Rights present: XChanges: The Borders of Being. This conference embodies the work of  Dr. Angela Davis': Freedom is a Constant Struggle Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement. Colonialism has set a precedent of individualism and thrives off of the control of borders. These are not just geopolitical borders, but the borders that govern our lives; they range from sexuality to education to collective action. By virtue of the existence of these borders, our holistic being is labelled as trespassers. These borders forcibly divide our holistic being into neatly labelled categories. We are then labelled as trespassers in the different parts of our own identity. This teaches us that our identities are tied to these socially constructed, heretic, false borders:   

Our reality is that those same identities are tied to our ancestry. But our ancestors did not have borders, they were not confined to individual identities. Their beings were free. As the descendants of those who were denied freedom, our very being is resistance. We are living proof of the resiliency of our ancestors. 

The labels we are forced to wear, the borders we must abide by; colonialism has thrived through the destruction of communities, through divide and conquer. The downfall of a system that was built of individualism is that it does not recognize the power of unity. It does not hold sacred the bonds of ancestry, or observe the connection to land, knowledge and guidance.  

We are who we are because of who our ancestors were and will continue to be, and grow, because of who our mentors are. That is the crux of this conference. Every speaker we are privileged to host over the next two days is unapologetically a part of this, and all others, movement of solidarity. Freedom as a constant struggle is their life's work and through their guidance and support, ours as the next generation. 

“If justice is indivisible, it follows that our struggles against injustice must be united.” - Dr. Angela Davis 

We have invited speakers and educators representing government, academia, activism, education, health, and urbanism who, with decades of collective knowledge and experience within their respective fields, are eager to share their stories and lessons. We hope that participants of Xchanges: Borders of Wellness will take inspiration from our notable speakers and educators and apply their teachings to their own lives in order to address racial discrimination, specifically in healthcare, and help create a more equitable and inclusive world for racialized folks.

Graphics for Event: The graphics for XChanges, across all social media, were created by Kyera Mapp. Kyera can be contacted at @kyeramapp. Their instagram includes a linktree which shows their portfolio and other amazing projects they are currently working on. Please reach out to Kyera for business inquiries.

Image Description of Header: White background with framed museum colonial Artwork. Xchanges title with a black text and a paragraph that explains the event including dates: March 15th & 16th. 

This event is entirely online via Zoom. Links for the virtual rooms will be sent only to those who have purchased a ticket for that specific day. Links will be sent by 5pm the day prior to the event. Be sure to check your email (and your spam box just in case!) for details and links to each session. You must be registered to access the link. 

This is a free event due to our generous funders.

Be sure to follow our instagram, twitter, and Facebook (@uwraise) for information on sessions and to interact with our incredible speakers prior to our event.


  • Closed captioning

  • ASL interpreters during live event if people with hearing disabilities indicate they are in the audience

  • Depending on speakers, we are intending to have video of individual workshops recorded and accessible up to 30 days after the event

NOTE: When registering, be sure to select the ticket for each day if you plan to attend both days!   

Schedule Overview:

DAY 1: March 15th, 2021

Lobby / Tech Help - Help

9:30 am - 10:00 am: Welcome and Land Acknowledgement

10:00 am - 11:20 am: Session 1

11:30 am - 12:00 pm: Break

12:00 pm - 1:20 pm: Session 2

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm: Keynote

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm: Farewell

DAY 2: March 16th, 2021

Lobby / Tech Help - Help

9:30 am - 10:00 am: Welcome and Land Acknowledgement

10:00 am - 11:20 am: Sessions 1

11:30 am - 12:00 pm: Break

12:00 pm - 1:20 pm: Sessions 2

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm: Keynote