One step on a lifelong journey
According to Belinda Karsen, an educational specialist with SFU’s Sexual Violence Support and Prevention Office, the workshop encouraged her to reflect on her own positionality and identity.
“I am a white settler with Canadian citizenship. Those identities and my other identities really afford me a lot of privilege,” she shares. “Over the past few years, I’ve been interrogating these privileges and examining them with the aim of doing real allyship, not just performative allyship.”
It was also important for Karsen to approach this workshop as just one step on a lifelong journey of learning and unlearning.
“It was only last year that I learned about being not only ‘not racist,’ but anti-racist. The workshop helped me to learn more about what it means to be anti-racist and how to put it into practice. Ultimately, I want to be a better ally.”