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Identity, Belonging and Agency

Saturday, June 18, 2022
Free session!  

Revised Session

A conversation on Identity, Belonging and Agency with Yabome Gilpin-Jackson

This open dialogue will invite participants into reflection on the narratives of their lived experiences that fundamentally shape their personal and professional lives. Participants will experience readings that invite reflection on 3 questions that form the bases of the  Identity/Belonging/Agency developmental framework informed by the facilitator’s practice of using lived experience narratives in creative writing.

  • Who am I?
  • Where do I belong?
  • What am I called to?

Readings will be from the short story and flash fiction collections Identities (Black identity politics/dynamics), Ancestries (belonging & rootedness) and Destinies (agency) followed by open Q+A. Overall, this session is an invitation to unpack how our identities and anchoring to places and spaces of belonging grounds us and our choice to exercise agency moves us towards whatever we are called and destined to be and do. All are welcome and will benefit from this developmental exploration of self-in-society, from all intersectional identity groups.

By the end of the session, participants will have:

  • Engaged in Q+A with the facilitator and author of Identities, Ancestries and Destinies.

Date and Location

This session is free. Registration is required.

Saturday, June 18, 2022

10:00am - 12:00pm

Loyola Jesuit Hall and Conference Centre
ROOM RF 110 - Salon Stanford
Concordia University
7141 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, QC H4B 1R6

Enrollment is limited. Reserve your seat today!

Note: CHRCS reserves the right to cancel the program if there is insufficient registration or if there is a situation that is out of CHRCS and Concordia University’s control. Attendees will be notified.


Light refreshments will be served.

Signed copies of  Identities, Ancestries and Destinies will be available for purchase.


Dr. Yabome Gilpin-Jackson is an award-winning scholar, Organization/Human Development Consultant & Leader, and writer. She has 15 years’ experience across the private, public, and nonprofit sectors; Dr. Yabome Gilpin-Jackson teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in her areas of expertise. Yabome was named an Institute for Social Innovation Scholar and currently is a post-doctoral fellow at Fielding Graduate University, CA for her published research into Transformation After Trauma: The Power of Resonance and her work on African leadership/identity narratives through We Will Lead Africa. She is a contributor/editor on ground-breaking books such as Dialogic Organization Development and the Palgrave Handbook of learning for Transformation. She has been awarded International African Woman of the Year by UK-based Women4Africa and was the first ever recipient of the US-based Organization Development Network’s Emerging Organization Development Practitioner award. She received the prestigious 2018 Harry Jerome Professional Excellence Award in Canada and a Recognition Award by the Sierra Leonean Community of British Columbia for her scholarship and community leadership. In addition to peer-reviewed publications, she is author of Identities, Ancestries and Destiniesshort story/flash fiction collections about global African experiences. She has been appointed Simon Fraser University’s First Vice-President of People, Equity and Inclusion.

Twitter: @supportdevelop 
Facebook: @yabomewriter 
IG: @iamyabome


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