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One-on-One Session with EDI Scholar-in-Residence Nneka Allen

Do you have a question, topic, or lived experience to share and discuss?  Please schedule a  consultation time with Nneka Allen.  This is an opportunity to have a one-on-one session for thirty minutes with UBC Library’s EDI Scholar-in-Residence.  Nneka’s expertise includes:

  • Fundraising and philanthropy
  • Leadership and coaching
  • Culture and equity outcomes
  • The Racial Equity Blueprint, using transformative equity & inclusion learning

Nneka will be taking one person per thirty minute slot. If this slot is full, please see other time-slots below:







Consultations will take place in the Dodson Room (Room 302) of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

Wednesday, March 15, 2023
12:30pm - 1:00pm
Irving K Barber Learning Centre
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
  Peña Scholars  
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Nneka Allen is a Black woman, a descendant of the Underground Railroad, an Ojibwa of Anderson Nation, a Momma and a sixth-generation Canadian. Born in the 70s, Nneka was raised during a time of Black power and acute political awareness in North America. As a result, the air in her childhood home was generous, brilliant and proud. Her parents and their siblings with great intentionality poured their consciousness into her multi-ethnic identity.  Today, Nneka is a relationship builder, a stone-catcher, a freedom fighter and a storyteller. As a lover of justice, Nneka has inspired philanthropy as a Fundraising Executive in the charitable sector for over 20 years. As the Principal and Founder of The Empathy Agency Inc., she helps leaders and their teams deliver more fairly on their missions by coaching them to explore the impact identity has on culture and equity outcomes.  Nneka is also the founder of the Black Canadian Fundraisers' Collective, a group of fundraisers who inspire and elevate the philanthropic sector in the African tradition of Ubuntu - "I am because we are". She is an author and joint editor of a book featuring the first-person narratives of 15 Black contributors, mainly fundraisers from the United States and Canada called Collecting Courage: Joy, Pain, Freedom, Love.   Nneka’s ultimate joy is her daughter Destiny and her husband Skylar, who are both Environmental Scientists and philanthropists. Along with their dog Sophie they live and work on the unceded shared territory of the Sumas and Masqui First Nations. As forced inhabitants of these beautiful territories, Nneka’s African ancestors had a historic relationship with the First Peoples of Canada and she gratefully acknowledges this connection.

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