Meet the Team

Our team consists of three staff and 9 Circle of Protection (aka Board) members. The Circle of Protection governs by providing stewardship, sense-making, and foresight that advance our purpose. Governance leadership takes responsibility for building and sustaining community members’ confidence in our integrity, legitimacy and viability. Working together everyone at BIPOC USHR works hand in hand to ensure BIPOC USHR fulfills its mission, vision, and goals while maintaining integrity as an organization designed to support and advocate for BIPOC populations.

Sobia Ali-Faisal, PhD

Executive Director

Sobia (she/her) is a child of Pakistani immigrants who works from an anti-oppression, decolonial, and liberation psychology lens, incorporating an anti-patriarchal, Islamically spiritual worldview into her daily life. She holds a doctorate in Applied Social Psychology and post-doctoral training in public health, and taught in the Department of Psychology at UPEI before becoming ED at BIPOC USHR. Her research on Muslim sexual health has appeared in academic journals as well as Teen Vogue and Refinery29, and she is a regular voice on issues of race and racial justice in PEI media.

Nouhad Mourad

Community relations coordinator

biography to follow

Maria Gomez

Community relations coordinator

Maria (she/her) was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia and moved to PEI 6 years ago. Maria graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Diversity and Social Justice Studies from UPEI and has a passion for accessibility and diversity, which is a big motivation for her role at work. In her free time, Maria enjoys going biking and exploring around.

Stephanie Arnold

Circle of Protection Past Facilitator (aka Board Past President)

Stephanie Arnold (she/they, settler) is a climate change and adaptation researcher, professional, and entrepreneur. She serves on a number of additional boards and councils, including the Provincial Anti-Racism Table, Rustico Ringette Board, and Gulf Shore Home & School. Stephanie approaches her various professional and volunteering roles as one integrated effort in contributing to a more anti-oppressive and anti-colonial province.

Amirah Oyesegun

Cirlce of Protection Facilitator (aka Board President)

Amirah Oyesegun (they/them) is a Registered Dietitian and Researcher who is passionate about food justice and food sovereignty of Indigenous people’s across the globe. Amirah strives to center the values of decolonization and the divine feminine in all their work. They remain a fierce community advocate/organizer on PEI.

Chanel Briggs

Circle of Protection Co-facilitator (aka Board Vice President)

They/Them. PEI-based, black, queer, multidisciplinary artist, Softest Spot (Chanel), work is rooted in the preservation and cultivation of black narratives and aesthetics within PEI. Chanel’s creative expression has permitted them to blend their poetic advocacy into visual works that navigate identity, spirituality, and community— utilizing the exploration of texture and mix-media to showcase layers of their storytelling.

Siddhu Sachidananda

Circle of Protection Record Keeper (aka Board Secretary)

Siddhu (they/them) is an artist/record producer and community worker. While not in the studio working with local BIPOC/Queer artists, they are a Street Outreach Worker at PEERS Alliance primarily focusing on Harm Reduction Practices as a service provider at the Community Outreach Centre. Siddhu is passionate about and strives to center the values of decolonial practices, harm-reduction, anti-caste and continues to learn more about themselves and serving the community through their new-found journey in Sufism (a form of Islamic mysticism) and radical love. Siddhu is grateful to be a part of BIPOC USHR and continue to learn from all the BIPOC femme folk who have been an integral part of their journey in trans-feminitity, decolonizing gender and radical love.

Auruna Veena King

Circle of Protection Treasurer

She/Her. Educator. Advocate of educational reform, social and disability justice. Aspires to live by the principle of African Humanism – Ubuntu.

Ifra Zaidi

Circle of Protection Member at Large

biography to follow

Adam McIntyre

Circle of Protection Member at Large

biography to follow

Marina Furuyama

Circle of Protection Member at Large

biography to follow

Seyedaidin Mousavian

Circle of Protection Member at Large

biography to follow