I am keen to join the SIETAR BC Board of Directors as I believe that the anti-racism and EDI (equity, diversity, and inclusion) initiatives I have spearheaded or supported align with the work being done by the organization. I have gratuitously co-created and facilitated workshops for educators and youth workers in sectors such as mental health, education (K-12 and post-secondary), and immigration and refugee services in my various volunteer roles. In these spaces, I have discovered a lack of awareness around concepts of racism, microaggressions, biases, and stereotypes, to name a few.
As someone who is often stereotyped as an avid marijuana smoker and met with astonishment when individuals realize that I speak English quite well as a Jamaican, I see the need to bridge the knowledge gap among communities and cultures in a culturally responsive way. This practice of knowledge mobilization is supported by my research skills and ability to build learning and development resources using inclusive pedagogies and curricula. These skills and experiences can help SIETAR BC keep its core mission and values at the centre and launch initiatives to increase membership in sectors such as education, as outlined in the recommendations of the AGM 2021 minutes.
As I continue to engage in spaces devoted to advancing equity, diversity, inclusion, anti-racism and cultural competency, I understand that this is a journey that requires an ongoing and evolving commitment to learning and unlearning. Knowing this, I intentionally strive to become a member of communities with like-minded individuals such as SIETAR BC. This not only facilitates knowledge sharing but also meaningful collaboration."