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Akira De Carlos

IDEA Learning Specialist, Learning
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Akira De Carlos is a Queer Afro-Indigenous facilitator originally from Luanda, Angola. Throughout their undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto and at the beginning of their time at Concordia University, their facilitation work primarily focused on providing accessible education to racialized minorities on the intersecting topics of environmental justice. Through their position as the Sustainability Executive of the Concordia Student Union, they deepened and expanded their facilitation work to topics of anti-oppression, anti-Black racism, gender & sexual diversity, consent & reconciliation, equity and inclusion.

Within their work for several NGO’s, they’ve collaborated on many projects focusing on implementing an anti-racist and anti-oppressive lens to organizational objectives and practices.
They are an experienced panel moderator on youth mobilizing, climate justice and anti-Black racism, who has mobilized for affordable housing and food insecurity.
They draw from their experience as a third-culture individual to emphasize the importance of intersectionality and cultural diversity allowing for more nuance in their workshops.
Akira spends most of their downtime Duolingo-ing one of their many spoken languages or baking a vegan storm for their loved ones. They view food and movement as medicine and can be found going to hot yoga, working on their balcony garden or veganizing traditional Angolan foods.

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