Photo of Sarah George

Sarah George

Umoja Community Engagement Lead

Degrees:PhD Sociology (Carleton University - current), MA Sociology: African Studies (Carleton), BA Sociology (Mount Royal)

Sarah is responsible for the engagement of African, Caribbean, and Black community members, organizations, and leaders with Umoja’s programming for Black students.

 Professional Experience:

  • Community Development Facilitator – Anti-Racism Initiative (Equity4Us), Somerset West Community Health Centre (SWCHC)
  • Course Instructor – Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Carleton University
  • Community Initiatives Lead – Afro Caribbean Mentorship Program, Carleton University
  • President and Co-President – Institute of African Studies Graduate Student Association, Carleton University

Hometown: Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Length of Time on Campus: 2+ years (one-year break over COVID).

Hobbies Outside Work: South African soapies, music, bargain hunting.

Best Part of Being in Ottawa: The thriving ACB community and longstanding history of individual and unified resistance.

New Student Advice: University is a pathway to wherever you imagine. Take advantage of every accessible opportunity. Remember, this is a chance to reinvent and redevelop yourself. Not just academically or in your career, but as a person. Read and engage, get out of your comfort zone, put yourself out there and try new (scary) things. Look into ideas that have always interested you and you never had the opportunity to explore, talk to people unlike the ones you already know, and embrace unlearning and relearning. Be steadfast, and don’t let anyone dissuade or distract you. Be bold, take up space and tell your story. Don’t let anybody else tell it for you. Be open. Most importantly, never forget who you are and where you came from.