Episode 4: The Neuroscience of Privilege with Shakil Choudhury

In our fourth episode, Roxy and Sarah are joined by author and DEI educator Shakil Choudhury. Together, they discuss the neuroscience of how systemic oppression impacts our brain, as well as concrete strategies to help us reduce bias in our communities. Shakil shares some of the powerful experiences that he has had on his antiracist education journey. His stories provide a window into the challenges and nuance of how we frame antiracist activism, and how we invite people to join us.

Episode 4: The Neuroscience of Privilege with Shakil Choudhury

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About Shakil

Shakil (Sha-KEEL) is an author, co-founder and CVO of Anima Leadership, a global-reaching, socially innovative boutique firm that has continued to revolutionize EDI (equity, diversity and inclusion) work in organizations and communities since 2006. Teaching, consulting, and coaching transformative change with a compassionate yet scientific approach. Over the last twenty-five years, Shakil has inspired, educated and coached thousands of individuals and hundreds of organizations in the field of racial justice, diversity and inclusion.

He coaches executive teams and has worked with thousands of leaders across sectors in Canada and the United States to help improve their equity outcomes. Shakil also facilitates dialogue processes to resolve inter-group conflict, having led projects internationally as well as with organizations locally.

He is the author of Deep Diversity: A Compassionate, Scientific Approach to Achieving Racial Justice (2021). Written in an accessible, storytelling manner, many have called it a “breakthrough” book on issues of systemic racial discrimination due to its non- judgmental approach that integrates human psychology with critical race perspectives.

Shakil’s most challenging and rewarding management experience, however, involves his two high-spirited children repeatedly teaching him the humble lessons of fatherhood. To clear his head during the week, Shakil loves to run the beautiful ravine trails near his home in Toronto.


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