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An interview with Akanksha Thakur

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“He says to me in Hindi 'I hope one day I will have the opportunity to go to school, or at least send my little brother to school, just like you'. Then the signal turned green and - you know - we drove away. But that sat with me - I was so young but it was the first time I was really faced with my privilege.”

Episode Description

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. 

Participants and Contributors
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Lead Editor

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. 

Akanksha Thakur
Program Coordinator: Equity Diversity Inclusion Resources & Outreach

SFU alumni, Akanksha Thakur graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a minor in International Education, Curriculum and InstructionSince 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. 

Beyond the Podcast

  • Visit SFU's iBelong website for learning tools and educational resources on intercultural communication. 

  • Interested in learning more communicating across cultures? Sign up for the Effective Intercultural Communication course. 

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