Anti-Racism & Unlearning Anti-Blackness for Professionals

Presented by: 
Cicely Belle Blain
Thursday, March 25, 2021 - 10:00am
Zoom meeting platform
Focus Area: Personal Leadership

Program Summary

This is an immersive and in-depth workshop that exposes our complicity in racist power structures that exist all around us. This workshop is both personal and political: an exploration into bias, systemic oppression, language, cultural appropriation and intersectionality. Participants gain a deeper understanding of the manifestations of racism from systems of power to workplace microaggressions and most importantly gain skills to acknowledge, address, and combat racism in the workplace, with a particular focus on anti-Black racism.

What you will learn:

  • Systemic racism
  • Microaggressions
  • White supremacy
  • Allyship

How you will learn:

  • Zoom meeting platform
  • Breakout rooms 
  • Interactive activities
  • Discussion 

About Your Facilitator

Cicely Belle Blain is a Black/mixed, queer femme from London, UK now living on the lands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh people. Their ancestry is a mix of Gambian (Wolof), Jamaican and English. At the heart of all their work, Cicely Belle harnesses their passion for justice, liberation and meaningful change via transformative education, always with laughter, and fearlessly in the face of systemic oppression.

They are noted for founding Black Lives Matter Vancouver and subsequently being listed as one Vancouver's 50 most powerful people by Vancouver Magazine in 2018 and again in 2020, BC Business's 30 under 30 and one of 150 Black women and non-binary people making change across Canada. They are now the CEO of Cicely Blain Consulting, social justice-informed diversity and inclusion consulting company with over 500 clients across North America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

Cicely Belle is an instructor in Executive Leadership at Simon Fraser University, the author of Burning Sugar (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2020) and the Editorial Director of Ripple of Change magazine.

Event Details

  • This session will be held on the Zoom Meeting Platform. We will also be recording this session for later viewing
  • The speaker view of the main room/screen share will be recorded. If you are speaking in the main room, your audio and video will be recorded. 
  • We strongly encourage participants, where possible, to use video and speak your questions. It helps streamline the process and makes it easier for the facilitator to get clarification
  • We encourage the use of the Zoom Raise-Hand Feature (in the Participants Tab on PC and Reactions Tab on MAC.) If you do not have the Raise-Hand feature, please type QUESTION in the chat and we will call on you
  • Captions will be available either by a live-captioner or Zoom auto-captions, depending on need
  • If you have accessibility questions, please contact AAPS PD


Anti-Racism & Unlearning Anti-Blackness for Professionals: Thursday, March 25, 2021 from 10am-12pm

Please follow this link to RSVP for either the live session or access to the recording

Kindly remember that the AAPS PD Program is available to members of AAPS only and at no cost.

Your confirmation and the meeting link will be sent from the AAPS Zoom account within a few days. If you do not receive a confirmation notice, please contact AAPS PD.

Please kindly consider your schedule and your ability to participate before you register. It is difficult to fill spaces when there are cancellations a day or two before the event.

Questions about the session, accessibility, registration? Please contact AAPS PD.