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SFU Taking Action! Lecture Series 3

Posted on January 15, 2023

Sophie Williams | Active Allyship in the Workplace – Making anti-racist spaces for workers and communities

BC’s low unemployment rate is giving some workers an advantage. Employers are using strategies to appeal to potential employees, investing in recruitment bonuses and increasing benefits to boost retention. But, in this competitive environment, BC’s evolving workforce is looking for employers to also offer something more fundamental –– an equitable, anti-racist workplace.

The Taking Action! lecture series offers fresh ideas from anti-racism activists outside of our province. This January we will be hosting UK Author, TED Speaker, and equalities advocate Sophie Williams who will be leading a presentation about the fundamentals of active allyship in the workplace and daily life.

Following the lecture, Sophie will be joined in discussion by moderator Sharon Thira, Executive Director of Engagement and Education at the BC’s Office of the Human Rights Commissioner.

Register here for this January 25th lunchtime event. Contact the Resilience BC Hub for more information at

The Taking Action! series is part of a partnership between SFU and the Resilience BC Anti-Racism Network, a provincial government program that connects B.C. communities with support, information and training to prevent and respond to incidents of racism and hate. With this partnership, SFU aims to build reciprocal relationships that combine the university’s research expertise with the knowledge and experience of community activists who have been leading anti-racism work in B.C. for years.

Past Taking Action! events have included Dr. Eva Jewell of the Yellowhead Institute in conversation with Ginger Gosnell-Myers, and Sarah Augustine in conversation with Sophie Pierre. For more info about past Taking Action! events including video, transcripts and resources, go here.