Introducing SIETAR BC Board - Taslim Damji
SIETAR BC Board Member
Taslim Damji holds an MA (King’s College, London) and Intercultural Practitioner Certificate (NorQuest, Edmonton). She’s spent over two decades working with immigrants, in higher education and intercultural consulting. Taslim is grateful to be able to make her life on the unceded and traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples – sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) nations.
Taslim focuses on connecting intercultural education and mindfulness in the classroom, community and workplace. Her approach is grass roots and her goal is to help foster intercultural connection by providing safe spaces for dialogue and practical tools that are relevant and easy to integrate into daily life. She works to bring skills and confidence to navigate diverse spaces to a range of audiences. Taslim also works with strategy development. Her core values are mindfulness, empathy, inclusion, innovation and mentorship.
Taslim volunteers on the PD Committee for BC TEAL and Vancouver Community College’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She also enjoys yoga, travelling, painting and singing!
“It is important we start with our similarities. For example, within culture in the workplace, because this is not their underlying culture but the work’s inherent culture. It has to start small because people are not necessarily there… we might be working with people who experience culture shock, who are not seekers, who are not already there. We need to start small”
I am here to tell you that culture is a cornerstone, one that can help you feel anchored to this beautiful Earth, this “Pale Blue Dot” Carl Sagan spoke of. It’s what keeps you from feeling lost in strange and exciting new lands, the first thing you share when it’s time to start anew and set roots somewhere else.
Yamila is a Biology student currently completing her last term of her Undergraduate degree at the University of Victoria. She is originally from the Dominican Republic.
Ross brings over 5 years of experience leading projects in technology, business & non-profit. He is a certified Project Management Professional.