Wall Catalyst Scholars 2022

Catalyst: an agent that provokes or speeds significant change or action.

As part of the Wall Scholars Catalyst program, these 12 UBC scholars will come together to build connections, cultivate relationships and initiate collaborations that engage with the urgency, scale and complexity of the Climate and Nature Emergency.

The 2022-23 program is guided by 4 principles:

Ethical Collaborations: Transdisciplinary, intergenerational, and community relationship building grounded on trust, respect, reciprocity, consent, and accountability.

Intellectual Depth: (self)Critical and relational rigour in moving beyond common patterns of simplistic solutions, paternalistic forms of engagements and ethnocentric ideals of sustainability, justice, and change.

Reparative Redistribution: Allocation of resources prioritising populations most affected by the Climate and Nature Emergency and precarity, and research areas of greatest urgency and impact guided by principles of reparation.

Engagement with the Indigenous Strategic Plan: Deepening understanding of settler responsibilities and supporting the aspirations of Indigenous scholars and communities.

Dr. Mohammed Rafi Arefin will serve as the Wall Scholars Catalyst Program lead responsible for supporting and guiding collaborations in line with the program’s principles.