Kelsey (she/her) is a 4th generation racialized settler living and working on the occupied traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-waututh. She is an Arts Umbrella alumna (clay sculpture), has a background in secondary humanities education and is currently pursuing her MEd at UBC. Her teaching practice is centered in anti-racism education, decolonial education, and building safe and inclusive classroom communities that encourage students to take creative and critical intellectual risks with their learning. Kelsey’s administrative practice is relationships-oriented and values-driven; through a criticality lens, she is committed to systems change and developing sustained education environments that value creativity, innovation, human agency, collaboration, and sociocultural-responsive projects and programs.
Kelsey’s lived experience and education inform her passion for anti-oppressive education programs and pedagogies, with a focus on anti-oppressive literacies as active sites of resistance and connection. Driven by investigating the intersections of education, community, literacy and the arts, she has been involved in a number of community-based projects in Chinatown and with the Asia-Pacific diaspora more broadly. She continues to be committed to learning more about equity and unlearning systems of oppression.