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“Us and Them: What it Really Means to Belong” with Nneka Allen

November 23, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am


How can everyone be powerful? Here is a question that challenges us to consider the existence and experiences of others, inviting us to contrast them with our own. It can inspire the expansion of our beliefs, deepen our understanding and grow our connections, and ultimately inspire us towards manifesting greater equity and justice in our work and lives.

Belonging is “the spiritual practice of believing in and belonging to yourself so deeply that you can share your most authentic self with the world and find sacredness in both being a part of something and standing alone in the wilderness. True belonging doesn’t require you to change who you are; it requires you to be who you are.” (Brown, 2021)

Belonging is a fundamental human desire like love. And the relationship between belonging and culture is intimate.“More than anything, culture creates a sense of belonging…” (Menakem, 2015) Humans need to belong to live meaningful, healthy and wholehearted lives. In the pursuit of equity, belonging must be the outcome for everyone to thrive in an integrated society.

So what prevents us all from belonging? Why don’t more belonging environments exist in our society?

This event will take place in the Peña Room (Room 301) of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. Presented by UBC Library’s EDI Scholar-in-Residence Program. Learn more: https://about.library.ubc.ca/edischolars


November 23, 2022
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
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