Uzma Shakir

Strategic Diversity & Inclusion Leader, Strategic Communications & Initiatives
City of Mississauga

Uzma has over 25 years of experience in equity and anti-racism issues. She has expertise ranging from advocacy, research & education, public speaking, community organizing, developing equity based public policy. She has worked in the NGO sector, academia and the municipal sector. She has served as the:

• Director: Equity, Diversity and Human Rights, City of Toronto

• Executive Director: South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario

• Executive Director: Council of Agencies Serving South Asians

• Adjunct Professor: Department of Geography and Program in Planning, University of Toronto

Uzma has a Non-Profit Management and Leadership Certificate from Schulich School of Business/Maytree Foundation, York University; Masters of Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School, Tufts University, USA; a BA Honors degree from Sussex University, UK; and a BA degree from Karachi University, Pakistan

She is also the recipient of multiple awards for her social justice work, including:

• Honorary Diploma School of Community and Social Services and Deaf and Deafblind Studies, George Brown College

• J.S. Woodsworth Award for Human Rights and Equity

• Women of Resilience Award

• Atkinson Economic Justice Fellowship

• Jane Jacobs Award

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