In a world that is increasingly interconnected the need to build inclusive communities has never been greater. While polarization along lines of race, culture, nationality, and belief seem to be everywhere we look, it is important to note the countless individuals working in parallel to build a more inclusive future. In this episode we discuss communicating across cultures with Akanksha Thakur.
Taylor McKinney is a graduate student and host of the Student Engage podcast. Taylor's longstanding interest in mediation, dialogue, and conflict resolution inspired her to spend her undergraduate degree pursuing opportunities to work and study in regions at various stages of conflict and reconciliation, including Myanmar, Kosovo, and the Yukon. Currently living and learning in Vancouver, she is now focused on facilitating dialogue with up and coming change makers to learn more about how one person can make a difference. Taylor is pursuing a Master's Degree in Public Policy at Simon Fraser University.
SFU alumni, Akanksha Thakur graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a minor in International Education, Curriculum and Instruction. Since 2015, Akanksha has played an integral role within SFU’s Work Integrated Learning division, building inclusive curriculum and developing learning tools to help international students navigate the Canadian workplace. Her work and research on the topic of intercultural communication led her to explore the subjects of equity, diversity and inclusion. Akanksha has since been appointed a Youth Ambassador for the Canadian Race Relations Foundation and is a recent recipient of the John Gibbard Memorial Award. Akanksha is currently pursuing a Master's of Equity Studies in Education at Simon Fraser University.