Tami (she/her) is from Malawi and is a fourth-year undergraduate student at the University of Regina in International Studies and Political Science. She is passionate about amplifying young BIPOC/QTPOC experiences and voices through shared dialogue and allyship. She is part of organizations such as the Brown Citizen Circle and the Non-Profit Youth Leadership Network, as a Director of Communications and a Youth Engagement Advisor. This year, she joined Project Agape, a black-led organization that educates communities about Gender-Based Violence and provides wellness and support for black survivors. Tamikani hopes to pursue a Master’s of Arts degree in Women’s and Gender studies with a specialization in African Studies. She hopes to apply her studies and knowledge of Malawi’s language and culture to support the effective implementation of intersectional feminism in critical programs and policies to eliminate gender-based violence.
From Tami About the ‘Begin by Listening: Sexual Violence Student Activism Symposium’
I am attending the Begin by Listening: Sexual Violence Student Activism Symposium. It is a student-led symposium that features “Ontario student’s (undergraduate and graduate) research, art, activism and advocacy on sexual violence and building consent culture” (Begin by Listening, 2021). I am inspired by the use of art to increase awareness and conversation by this topic. Therefore, after the conference my public engagement activity will involve the creation of a digital zine which will include different forms of media such as art, poetry and video created by me.