Hello! I really appreciate you taking the time to inquire about me.
Like most millennials, I’m a mixed maker, which means that I have several passions projects that you will see throughout my website. There are many factors that have shaped who I am and the work that I do in the organizing and healing world.
My radical organizing started in Ottawa, Ontario, where my family migrated after leaving Lilongwe, Malawi — the place of my birth. I had the privilege of starting my roots at the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women when I was 18 years of age and spent the next 11 years working at a number of organizations committed to ending gender based violence and sexual violence. The majority of my time was spent at the Sexual Assault Centre of Ottawa, where I spent 8 years working as the Public Education Coordinator and as a front-line support worker within the Women, War, Rape and Torture Program and the Young Women at Risk Program. During those 8 years, I worked closely with Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres, serving as the Vice-Chair and General Executive Member for 2 years combined.
During this time, I managed to complete 2 degrees at Carleton University, BA in Womens and Gender Studies (2011) and MA in Womens and Gender Studies (2016) at the Pauline Jewett Institute of Womens and Gender Studies. The most memorable moments at Carleton were working with Dr. Egla Martinez and Patriza Gentile-- both professors really shaped my early academic and political feminist awakenings (did I mention that I was a feminist?!).
In 2016 two significant shifts happened within my feminist organizing. I began to ask questions about how organizations can commit to doing anti-oppression work internally. It was during my time at Planned Parenthood Ottawa, where I served as a board member I took a keen interest in capacity building and policy development of anti-oppression practices within non-profit organization. And that’s how UBUNTU Consulting was born - my passion for helping organizations build capacity through policy and training took off. You can find more information by clicking here about UBUNTU.
The second awakening that happened in 2016 was that I knew I wanted to support survivors of sexual and gender based violence using movement based practices. I had used yoga in my own healing journey and wanted to offer the space to others. After registering for 200 hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training at Pranashanti Yoga Centre in Ottawa, I had no idea where the journey would take me. In May 2017 after graduating from I began teaching body affirming classes at the Afro- Carribean School of Dance with Teacher Suzan Levertu. I also would teach classes that were geared for survivors of gender based violence at the request of sexual assault centres across the city and province. SEEDS Yoga was born out of listening the needs of survivors around movement based practices, it took about 2 years before I solidified the program. It took two years becuase I wanted to learn the skills of working with different bodies and getting the proper training, which I acquired through Yoga For All Training with Dianne Bondy and Amber Karnes & Transcending Sexual Violence through Yoga with Zabie Yamaski. Click here to learn more about SEEDS Yoga.
One thing I have learned over my short time on this earth, is that the world is truly in oyster & I’m grateful for the journey that has brought me here and you here!
Hopefully we will get to work together or connect in person.
Until then, take Care!
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Yamikani Msosa is a grassroots feminist anti-violence, anti-racist organizer, part-time equity & diversity consultant and movement-based practitioner. She is currently the Coordinator for Diversity and Inclusion, overseeing the Black Academic Success and Engagement (BASE) Initiative at Humber College. She completed her Master’s degree in Women and Gender Studies at Carleton University. She has given trainings’ all over the country on issues related to Sexual Violence, LGBTQ Communities & Anti-Black Racism including Ministry of the Attorney General, Ministry of Labour, Status of Women, UN Committee on International Decade of People of African Descent, and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
Yamikani has been featured in Macleans Magazine, The Walrus, Chatelaine Magazine, Now Toronto, and CBC National. She has worked for organizations such as Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women, Immigrant Women Services of Ottawa, Sexual Assault Support Centre of Ottawa to name a few. Currently, Yamikani sits on Advisory Council for the Equality Project at the University of Ottawa & is an advisory member of Match International Global Fund for Women.
Yamikani has three babies, no really.
The first is UBUNTU Consulting, which was founded in 2015 to focus on equity, anti-oppression and inclusion training and organizational development for grassroots organizations and non-profit agencies. The second is SEEDS Yoga a five-week series for folxs affected by sexual violence. SEEDS focuses on empowerment, community care and consent. The third is the bi-weekly podcast called Unanonymous, where she talks about all things related to sobriety, as she is 4 years sober!
CARLETON UNIVERSITY- OTTAWA,ONTARIO, CANADA
Masters of Arts: Women and Gender Studies & African Studies, Graduated June 2016
CARLETON UNIVERSITY- OTTAWA,ONTARIO, CANADA
Bachelors of Arts: Women and Gender Studies & Law, Graduated May 2011
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN- MICHIGAN, USA
Leading Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education, Completed May 2019