January 2021 KI update

  • All KI courses went online (remote learning) for Fall 2020 (and will be in Winter 2021), and we’ve stepped up to the challenge to keep students engaged while we are all missing the in-person connections in the KI Studio.
  • The KI seminars this year have extra emphasis on community-building and we are providing a valuable mix of opportunities fitting with the all online demands
  • The Anti-Oppression Knowledge Integrators (AOK) working group was recently formed with a vital mandate to identify opportunities to advance anti-racism and anti-oppression in our curriculum and extra-curricular activities, and contribute the broader anti-oppression cause.
  • Rob Gorbet is taking a well-deserved break with a sabbatical until December 2021. Clarence Woudsma, former Director of the School of Planning and long-time friend of KI, is supporting KI as interim chair.
  • Our new KI undergrad advisor starts February 1. They bring extensive advising experience, value student development, and most importantly, have the seal of approval from Darlene! We are grateful that Darlene is continuing as the advisor until then.
  • Vanessa Schweizer was granted tenure as of July 1, 2020; this is a critical milestone achievement for Vanessa and recognition of her excellence as a scholar and educator. Congratulations!
  • The Knowledge Integration Community Slack workspace is active and continues to grow with over 100 members. If you would like to join, please email Kim.