Community Engagement & Social Equity at Pacific Rim College
This page is being brought forward to initiate an on-going conversation about being an inclusive and engaged member of the communities you serve.
It is curated to provide a spark for you to contemplate new ideas about how you want to show up in the world as an administrator, practitioner and educator.
Many people who want to access institutions or health services do not succeed because of inherent systemic barriers. Increased awareness about these barriers and the witnessing of collective stories can help us be more mindful in our offerings.
Our role is to continue to provide safe, inclusive spaces of learning and discovery of holistic health practices and to reflect on how we can play a part in dismantling systemic discrimination, particularly in relation to the fields of wellness and sustainability. We are and will continue to work with our instructors and staff to ensure our practices reflect our core values of justice, respect, inclusivity, and compassion.
We invite you to participate in a conversation with us about inclusivity at our school, both at the campus and online. We deeply believe in doing the work that creates change that is valuable and impactful.
If you have questions, concerns, or suggestions surrounding Pacific Rim College’s commitment to Community Engagement and Social Equity, write us at email@example.com.
PRC in the Community
Red Cedar Cafe & PRC
The Pacific Rim College Permaculture class of ’21 collaborated with the Red Cedar Cafe to create an inviting and educational community garden located at 1900 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC.
The garden will supply the cafe with fresh herbs, edible flowers, and vegetables for the daily meals they serve to those in need. The inviting garden will also provide an opportunity for volunteers and local residents to learn about growing food and herbal medicines.
The Red Cedar Cafe is a non-profit meal program for people in need, fueled by volunteers and mutual aid. The organization provides food to those that need it most, including low-income people, seniors, and people living with disabilities. The Red Cedar cafe offers meal delivery, a pay-what-you-can cafe model, and a free food table outside of the restaurant.
This project was led by the Pacific Rim College instructors Liza Couse and Kym Chi with help from Jessica Ash and Liz Maze from Red Cedar. The beautiful garden boxes were built by Interactive Construction. The garden was made possible by the generous donations and contributions of community members, local businesses, and the exuberant students that designed and implemented the project.
Some plants in the garden:
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Intiatives at PRC
2021 Summer Staff Training
PRC’s Administrative Team are attending sessions to begin formally discussing inclusivity and diversity at the College.
This first session will include:
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Relevant Courses Available at PRC & PRCO
This course explores how a deeper understanding of social equity can inform and be applied in your practice as a holistic healthcare provider. Topics include an exploration of how structures of power and privilege function in our society and within ourselves, and how these can result in intersectional oppressions and experiences that are as unique as each individual.
This course provides students with basic principles and techniques towards good patient communication and rapport-building. Topics include connecting with patients, identifying differing sources of motivation in the therapeutic context, working with shock, trauma, and difficult circumstances, sensitivity to varying viewpoints and cultural backgrounds, patient/practitioner roles
This course covers the social, genetic, and biochemical factors associated with gender transition, with some discussion of more broad LGBT related topics. An emphasis will be placed on best professional practices, and the specific factors contributing to an inclusive and welcoming therapeutic environment.
Learn the Indigenous Governance Protocols that are necessary for all healers, medical harvesters, plant-workers, and practitioners to transform relationships to Self, Others, Spirit and Land/Waters.
New Sections in Student Library & PRC Bookstore
PRC has added new social equity themed titles that promote greater depth in community issues facing the holistic health care sector.
We are always looking for the next great read! Please send along any book selections you can recommend to firstname.lastname@example.org