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Cultivating Somatic Awareness with Kavita Bissoondial and Candice Frederick

Submitted on Monday, March 13, 2023

The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion unit at the Faculty of Information will be hosting the following upcoming workshop: 

Cultivating Somatic Awareness with Kavita Bissoondial and Candice Frederick

This workshop offers Black, Indigenous, and Racialized students a facilitated practice space to explore, connect with, and embody their boundaries.

We will learn how the power of being in relationship with our boundaries is one-way BIPOC students can counter increased stress and barriers in and outside of the classroom and professional spaces that impact their ability to succeed. Light refreshments will be provided. We hope to see you there!Where: Multi-Purpose Room (2nd Floor) at the Multi-Faith Centre (569 Spadina Ave, Toronto) on U of T – St. George campus. When: Wednesday, March 22 at 4:00PM-6:00PMRSVP: By March 17

*Registration is required, as spots are limited*

Please register here.

About the facilitators:Kavita Bissoondial (she/her)is a queer person of the Indo-Caribbean diaspora whose work is informed by growing up as a settler and guest in Scarborough. She is a facilitator, coach, and recovering student organizer. Kavita has participated in a diversity of social justice organizing projects, but mostly aims to create space for community building and peer support by and for queer and trans people of colour and Indigenous folks. She is a Certified Organizational Coach, completing her studies through the University of British Columbia. Kavita has been engaged in facilitation and consulting on anti-racism, gender, sexuality, and equity for almost 15 years with grassroots, student, and social service organizations across the GTA and nationally. She works to support groups in embodying anti-racism and equity values in their programs, services, and ways of working.Candice Frederick(she/her) identifies most as a facilitator and rest advocate.  She is a person of the Caribbean diaspora and came to what we colonially call Canada from Grenada with her family.  Candice’s critical lens has been shaped by her studies in intersectional feminism, literature, critical social work, and counselling psychology.  She has completed both her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Toronto.  In addition, she is a published writer and has co-facilitated affinity spaces for participants at the intersection of disability and race as well as taught classes to social service worker college students.  Both her lived experience as a Black woman and a keen understanding of critical race theory inform the work she has done in community organizations and educational institutions over the last 15 plus years.  She is also a big advocate for collective care, social justice, liberatory practices, and beach vacations.

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