Beyond Race: Exploring Preconceived Stereotypes in Storytelling

We are living in unprecedented times. As society shifts in perception, teachers can use drama and storytelling to help students to develop their own understanding of this changing world. 

Ours will be an interactive, fast-paced, and entertaining session designed to provide teachers with creative tools to help students move beyond unconscious and conscious biases that are based on embedded assumptions and stereotypes in stories they encounter. 

Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better. - Maya Angelou

Target Audience

Elementary/ Middle/ Secondary


2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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    Catherine Lough Haggquist


    An actor with over 140 Film and TV credits on IMDb, Cat can currently be seen in the role of "Petra Bellweather" on the new hit series Motherland: Fort Salem for Freeform, and as "Terry Sternholz" in The Aurora Teagarden Mysteries for Hallmark.

    In addition to her work as a performer, Cat has been an acting instructor and curriculum developer for over 20 years. Her areas of expertise for classroom instruction and personalized coaching include: Auditioning for Film & Television, Acting for Voice-Over, and Business Skills for the Actor. She also developed and continues to deliver her very popular workshop series: “Producing Your Acting Career” & “How to Start...” In September 2020 she took over ownership of which became a sister company to the Film, TV and Theatre online bookstore she founded in 1996.

    Cat was an associate producer of Reel Women Seen, a short film that has won numerous awards including the 2018 Jury Choice Award at the Diversity in Cannes Short Film Showcase. Cat received the 2008 Women in Film and Television Vancouver's Special Jury Award, was named as the Union of BC Performers’ 2013 International Women’s Day Honoree and was awarded Life Membership by UBCP in 2017.




  • Ragini Kapil

    B.A., M. Ed. 

    Ragini has taught a variety of students and has consistently incorporated drama into her learning activities. Her inclusive approach to education, as well as her focus on learning vs. teaching led her to develop activities that incorporated the arts, movement, and technology. Her passion for writing, directing, and acting led her away from school administration into developing her screenwriting skills and becoming a stand-up comedian. She is living proof that it’s never too late to follow your dreams and that having a passion for learning in engaging and meaningful ways can lead you down a path never imagined.