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Allyship and Working Against Anti-Black Racism - Wade Workshop

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Virtual workshop for grad students addressing the following leadership competencies: Allyship, inclusion, and advocacy

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Allyship and Working Against Anti-Black Racism 

What does it mean to be an ally? How can one become an ally? Who can be an ally in the fight against systemic anti-Black racism? Well-meaning individuals often used the word “ally” to show solidarity with BIPOC people and communities. Of late, however, the word has become a buzzword, masking its limits and critique. In this workshop, the Black Graduate Students’ Association will explore allyship as a verb that requires you as a leader to meaningfully contribute to the fight against anti-Black racism. We will also explore the history of anti-Black racism in Canada, while articulating strategies for effective allyship against the structures that reinforce anti-Black racism.

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Prof-Collins Ifeonu is a 3rd year PhD student in Sociology at the University of Alberta. His fundamental research interest concerns the interplay of social positions and social exchanges in a variety of contexts. His dissertation aims to uncover the complexities of Black noncitizens’ involvement in social movements, particularly how the categories of race, ethnicity and immigrant status intersect to influence this demographic’s general sensemaking, strategizing and choice of contribution made to such efforts. Despite his current commitment to Sociology, Prof-Collins’ academic and professional background is firmly rooted in Management, having completed his Bachelors’ and Masters’ degrees in Human Resource Management, and worked for a short while at public and private companies in England and his home country, Nigeria. Prof-Collins is the current President of the University of Alberta’s Black Graduate Students’ Association.

Zahro Hassan is an activist, a community worker and a researcher. She is a doctoral candidate in Educational Policy Studies at the University of Alberta. Her current research focuses on the experiences of Young Adult Refugees (YAR) as they navigate access barriers to Postsecondary Education in Canada. She has extensive community development experience within the multi-racial and multi-cultural immigrant communities of Toronto, Ottawa and Edmonton. Zahro is committed to examining societal and institutional structures that foster spaces of racism and marginalization of minority groups in society. She is a member of the Alberta Anti-Racism Advisory Council which provides advice on ways to remove systemic barriers to accessing government programs/services and identify strategies and actions to combat racism. Zahro holds the BGSA VP Academics and Professional Development position for the 2020-2021 year.

About Wade in the Graduate Leadership Development Program

This workshop is offered as part of the Wade stream of the Graduate Leadership Development program.  This workshop is open to graduate, professional, and law students at any educational institution.

Design your own leadership skill development program by participating in the workshops of your choice. Build your leadership skills with an interdisciplinary group of graduate students in one-off experiential workshops that focus on a specific leadership skill, from public speaking to negotiation to media training.

Visit uab.ca/gld for full details on our graduate programming. 

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