O'Brien Institute for Public Health

CHS and O'Brien Institute Seminar Series

Building Inclusive Classrooms

Date: September 24, 2021
Time: 12 - 1 p.m.
Place: Online via Zoom

The Department of Community Health Sciences and the O’Brien Institute for Public Health presents:

Building Inclusive Classrooms


Building inclusive classrooms encompass programs and lessons designed to encourage participation from all students. Inclusion in the classroom involves different approaches to teaching and actively involving the students in the learning process. Moderator Dr. Fabiola Aparicio-Ting will guide us through a panel discussion with Dr. Rebecca Haines-Saah, Dr. Alan Martino and Joyce Singh and their personal inclusive classroom experience. 

Learning objectives:

  • Discovers strategies that have been successful to cultivate inclusivity in the classroom.
  • Reflect on the challenges with building an inclusive classroom. 
  • Gain resources to assist your teaching and learning initiatives in your inclusive classroom.


Fabiola Aparicio-Ting

Dr. Fabiola Aparicio-Ting

Dr. Aparicio-Ting joined the Cumming School of Medicine in 2012 and is currently Director for the Health & Society program in the Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours program and the Associate Head for Education in the Department of Community Health Sciences. Her epidemiology research interests are in the social epidemiology of health inequities and behaviours. Dr. Aparicio-Ting has shifted much of her research to a program of scholarship of teaching and learning with a focus on applied educational research in health science education, curriculum development and evaluation; critical thinking; and interdisciplinary course development. Her work spans from local to global public health program development. 

Dr. Aparicio-Ting holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Texas Health Science Center (2001) and a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Calgary (2010). As Instructor, Dr. Aparicio-Ting teaches a number of undergraduate courses in the areas of public health, epidemiology and the social determinants of health.

Panellist Biographies:

Rebecca Haines-Saah

Dr. Rebecca Haines-Saah

Dr Rebecca Haines-Saah is an Associate Professor in CHS. She is trained as a Health Sociologist and her current projects include qualitative and policy-focused research on parent advocacy for drug policy reform in the context of Canada’s opioid crisis, and on youth policy engagement for mental health promotion. Rebecca teaches MDCH 683, Intro to Qualitative Health Research in the MDCH program.

Alan Martino

Dr. Alan Martino

Dr. Alan Martino is a tenure-track Instructor in CHS and CRDS, and he joined our department in July of this year. Alan’s main research interests are in critical disability studies, gender and sexualities; feminist and critical disability studies theories; qualitative and community-based research (particularly participatory and inclusive research methodologies). His doctoral research examined the romantic and sexual lives of adults with intellectual disabilities in Ontario, Canada, by putting into conversation theories from both the sociology of sexualities and the field of critical disability studies.

Joyce Singh

Joyce Singh

Joyce Singh is our student panelist. She is a recent gradutate from the Bachelor Health Sciences' Health and Society Program whose Honours Thesis was titled Exploring the association between Caesarian delivery and breastfeeding difficulties in a prospective cohort: The Happy Baby Study. Joyce has always set her sights high - in 2018 she received the Governor General’s Award for the highest achieving student in her Grade 12 class. Last year, she founded the Health & Society Scholars Club and received funding from the CHS Student Idea Fund competition for her submission to hold a 1.5-day virtual retreat for BHSc and CRDS students encouraging them to invest in their personal growth and development. ​Joyce is currently a graduate student in the Master of Management program with the Haskayne School of Business and is hoping to leverage her skills from her undergraduate program while developing her business acumen. We were very fortunate to have her in our program and we are excited to see what milestones she will reach.

This event is a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact iph@ucalgary.ca