Personal Reflections on Wellness, Race, and the COVID-19 Pandemic

February 4, 2021
10:00 - 10:45 a.m.

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Join Monique Thomas, Community Outreach and Transition to University Coordinator, and Jalana Lewis, Director of African Nova Scotian Community Engagement, for a conversation about their experiences navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, the BLM movement and keeping up with their 9-to-5 jobs.

During the session Monique and Jalana hope to explore how their connection to community helped keep them grounded. They will also share some tips and resources for colleagues looking to better support one another through challenging times.

Our presenters:

Monique Thomas is from Preston, Nova Scotia and graduated from Dalhousie University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Marketing Management. Since graduating, she has had various roles working specifically in Communications and Marketing. She currently brings her skills to the Black Student Advising Centre, as the Community Outreach and Transition to University Coordinator where she supports the goal of increasing the population of students of Black/African descent and their success at Dalhousie.  Monique is currently studying towards her Master of Public Administration at Dalhousie.

Jalana Lewis is from the North End of Halifax with roots in Hammonds Plaines and graduated from Dalhousie Law School in 2013. Prior to joining Dal as Director of African Nova Scotian Community Engagement, she worked as a non-practicing lawyer in law and policy. Jalana completed work as Lead Researcher with the Lord Dalhousie Panel, commissioned to explore the relationship between Dalhousie University, race and slavery. Jalana was the 2017-2018 Access to Justice Coordinator on a project tasked with addressing barriers faced by Racialized Ontarians at the administrative tribunal level. In 2019, Jalana worked as the Knowledge Lead on the African Nova Scotian Youth Lab, a project committed to identifying ways to address disproportionate unemployment rates among Black youth in Nova Scotia.