INVITATION: Dept of PT Virtual Gallery Walk, March 26

Join us for the Virtual Gallery Walk

March 26, 2021, 11am-1:30pm



How can I participate? You can register for the event here and we will send you a Zoom link for the day.

What is this event: Join us for the launch of 65 innovative teaching resources focused on equity, diversity, inclusion (EDI) and anti-oppression designed by our final year students as the culmination of their Department of Physical Therapy “SPEC” curriculum.

What is the “SPEC” curriculum”: SPEC stands for Social, Political, Ethical and Cultural (SPEC) Dimensions of Health and Healthcare. These teaching resources are the result of the final SPEC assignment, which aims to build critical reflexivity regarding privilege and how one’s social locations are related to systems of inequality.

What is the Gallery Walk: The Zoom event includes 6 curated exhibition discussions led by faculty facilitators and guest stars. You are invited to “walk” through the rooms to listen in and join dialogues reflecting on EDI and anti-oppression in physiotherapy and healthcare.

Who is invited: Everyone!

How can I see the Gallery of virtual teaching resources after the launch: The Gallery can be accessed here for the week following the launch.


11:00-11:25 – Opening remarks

  • Welcome: Stephanie Nixon
  • Department of Physical Therapy Chair’s remarks: Susan Jaglal
  • Keynote: Stephanie Lurch

11:25-11:30 – Transition time

11:30-12:10 – Exhibition discussions 1

  • Green 1 room: Martine Quesnel (faculty facilitator) + Kris Thurrell (guest)
  • Blue 1 room: Barbara Gibson (faculty facilitator) + Dan Mossip-Balkwill (guest)
  • Yellow 1 room: Stephanie Lurch (faculty facilitator) + Suruthi Jeyakumar (guest)

12:10-12:30 – Break

12:30-1:10 – Exhibition discussions 2

  • Green 2 room: Lindsay Beavers (faculty facilitator) + Harikrishnan Gopalakrishnan Nair (guest)
  • Blue 2 room: Barbara Gibson (faculty facilitator) + Stella Ng (guest)
  • Yellow 2 room: Stephanie Lurch (faculty facilitator) + Cynthia Lawson Lurch (guest)

1:10-1:15 – transition time

1:15-1:30 – Closing remarks

Guest bios

Harikrishnan (Hari) Gopalakrishnan Nair (he/him) is a multi-talented visual artist, poet, fashion designer and media personality. He is an alumnus of the Ontario Internationally Educated Physical Therapy Bridging Program, works clinically at the Toronto Academic Pain Medicine Institute (TAPMI) at Women’s College Hospital, and lectures in the UofT Department of Physical Therapy as part of the pain team. Hari is currently re-deployed for COVID related duties as a team lead for mobile vaccination units as well as school and community testing.

Suruthi Jeyakumar (she/her) is a freelance creator and student currently in her last year of Advertising and Graphic Design at Humber College. Although working primarily with digital content, she started her journey in traditional mediums. Most of Suruthi’s work is shaped around exploring diverse concepts through abstract imagery and typography.

Cynthia Lawson Lurch (she/her) is a Black renaissance woman: “a woman who is interested in and knows a lot about many things” (Webster). She is a child of the civil rights movement, a great grandmother, a teacher, a leader, and a humanitarian. As a Jamaican immigrant, retired nurse and someone living with a chronic health condition, she has been both a caregiver to those on the margins and a survivor of inequitable care. She hopes to change surviving into thriving.

Dan Mossip-Balkwill (he/him) has been working with people experiencing homelessness through street outreach work and the shelter system. He has also facilitated group sessions and co-created a peer support program with service users.  Dan has been organizing with Showing up for Racial Justice (SURJ) for the last two years, and prior to that, worked on campaigns to raise social assistance rates in Ontario and environmental issues in Southern Ontario. 

Stella Ng (she/her) was motivated by her clinical experiences as a pediatric audiologist to study how health professionals learn to practice well in response to the complexities of people’s lives, the health system, and society. Stella studies critical pedagogy and knowledge mobilization approaches to support the development of compassionate, ethical, and reflective practitioners. Stella is a Scientist at the Wilson Centre, Director of Research at the Centre for Faculty Development, and Associate Professor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology.

Kris Thurrell (they/them) is a white settler non-binary queer person living and working in Tkaronto – a gathering place of many Indigenous nations, home to many Indigenous people, and the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee, Anishnabeg, and Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. Kris is a former middle and high school educator, and currently a professional facilitator on topics relating to colonization, whiteness, gender, sexuality, and ability.


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