Alisa Harrison

Alisa is Senior Manager, Health Equity and Engagement, a new portfolio she is co-creating at UBC CPD. In this role, a cross-appointment with the Rural Coordination Centre of BC, she supports the Elder-led Indigenous Patient-Led CPD project and the development of the Atleo Centre for Compassionate Leadership, and is leading new work on justice, equity, diversity and inclusion within UBC CPD. Previously, Alisa has held senior leadership roles with the Victoria Division of Family Practice and Midwives Association of BC, and has extensive experience as a research and change process consultant in the health sector. Her areas of focus include primary care systems, mental health and psychiatric service design, trauma-informed leadership and practice, eating disorders services, and physician engagement.

Alisa holds a Ph.D. in History and Graduate Certificate in African & African American Studies from Duke University and Master and Bachelor of Arts degrees in History from UBC. She has academic expertise in US politics and culture, social movements, collective historical memory and trauma, power relations, comparative colonialism and intersectional and anti-oppressive theory and practice. She is Associate Faculty and teaches in the graduate program in the School of Leadership Studies at Royal Roads University.

Alisa’s background also includes professional dance training and over 20 years as a certified fitness instructor. When she isn’t at work, you’ll find her with her family, in the gym, on a beach or forest trail, or jumping around in the crowd at the front of the stage at a rock concert.

Alisa lives and works as a settler on the traditional territory of the sc̓əwaθən məsteyəxʷ (Tsawwassen First Nation). Her family has occupied unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil- Waututh) land for three generations. Acknowledging Indigenous sovereignty is a first step in the work of reconciliation and decolonization.