She / They

Shelley Stefan (she+they) is an artist and Associate Professor of Painting, Drawing, and Community Arts Practice at UFV. Born in Chicago and a member of the LGBTQI2+ community, Shelley has taught Visual Arts at the university for 15+ years and believes that art is a tool for social change and a vehicle for social and poetic justice. They are Standing Committee Chair for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Human Rights in the UFV School of Creative Arts (SoCA) as well as a member of UFV Race and Antiracism Network (RAN), the UFV Senate, and the UFV President’s Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Stefan lives, works, and makes art on the traditional territory of the Stó:lō people and neighboring Scowlitz, Leq'á:mel, and Sts’ailes First Nations. They are dedicated to centering the voices of BIPOC artists and are participating as an artist mentor for the Black Lives Matter BLM Social Justice Art Project at UFV.