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Black History Symposium: Honoring the Diversity of Black Leaders and Agents of Change

February 8 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Keynote Speaker: Dahabo Ahmed Omer, Executive Director of the Black North Initiative

Dahabo Ahmed Omer, Executive Director of the Black North Initiative

Ms. Ahmed has accumulated a wealth of experience and accomplishments in the performance measurement, policy development, HR planning analysis and employment equity and diversity sectors. She was recently appointed as the Executive Director of the Black North Initiative. In her previous role, Ms. Ahmed was the Human Resources Specialist within the Public Sector and primarily responsible for the Visible Minority Advisory Steering Committee of the Agency and working in the agency-wide Employment Equity Action Plan and Anti-racism Strategy. Among the many other organizations of which she has been a part of, Ms. Ahmed is a founding member of the Justice for Abdirahman Coalition, which advocates securing justice for the late Abdirahman Abdi and his family. Ms. Ahmed is also the Chair of the Federation of Black Canadians, which is a national non-profit organization that is driven by Black organizations across Canada, which advances the social, economic and cultural interests of Canadians of African descent. Ms. Ahmed has been the recipient of notable awards over the years including the exceptional service within the Federal Public Service, the Canada150 Community Builder Award, The Hope Academy community contribution award, the Ottawa Black History Community Leadership Award and most recently the top 100 under 40 Most Influential Person of African descent in support of United Nations decade.

Followed by a panel discussion with community leaders and agents of change.

Panel Discussion: Pathways and Initiatives- Reinventing Anti-Black Racism Activism


  • To provide a space for Black leaders from our community to share the lessons they have learned in being agents of change in the anti-Black racism movement.
  • To share any strategies, resources and tools to advance our understanding and engagement with anti-Black racism activism.
  • To deepen the exploration of anti-Black racism activism in diverse spaces and understand the role of post-secondary environments in transforming anti-Black racism advocacy.

Register online

Format: Keynote followed by a panel discussion with community leaders and agents of change.

Platform: Virtual – Zoom

Audience: Free of cost to students, staff, faculty, and external community

If you require accommodation, please email directly and we will work with you to make appropriate arrangements. Live captioning will be available to all participants during the session.


Black History Month 2021
Viola Desmond

Viola Irene Desmond was a businesswomen and activist who challenged racial segregation in Nova Scotia in 1946.

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February 8
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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