Shanice Yarde

Title: 
Senior Advisor, Anti-Racism and Equity Education
Shanice Yarde
Biography: 

Shanice Yarde has been the Equity Education Advisor (Anti-Oppression & Anti-Racism Education) at McGill University since March 2016. Her work primarily focuses on anti-oppression and anti-racism education and ways to facilitate both learning and most importantly unlearning at all levels. She connects with faculty, staff, and students across the University and is committed to social change at McGill and beyond.

Shanice understands that equity is an active practice that needs to be a response to inequity. This understanding guides her work and affirms that this process will always be ongoing. Shanice believes that everyone has the inherent power to make change and that equity education is a commitment to that change. It is about learning history, understanding the present, and reimagining what the future can look like for all. Ultimately, this work is about a culture shift towards justice and liberation.

Shanice also co-leads the organizing of Black History Month at McGill, an annual celebration at the University. Outside of McGill Shanice is an educator, writer, and (out)spoken word artist. She works closely with community organizations like Head & Hands and the Black Foundation of Community Networks and connects individuals to resources through initiatives such as Jobs & Things and the BFCN Scholarship Directory. The words of her favourite poet Maya Angelou always resonate deeply, "Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better."

Contact Information
Email address: 
shanice.yarde [at] mcgill.ca
Area(s): 
Addressing Anti-Black Racism
Equity Education
Senior Leadership
Areas of expertise: 

Reach out to me for educational programming (workshops, lectures, events, etc.) or advising support related to anti-oppression & anti-racism education.


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