Francis Adu-Febiri

Dr. Francis Adu-Febiri

Sociology Professor, Social Sciences, Camosum College, Victoria, BC. Born: Ghana.

Dr. Francis Adu-Febiri is a Sociology Professor and former Chair of the Social Sciences Department at Camosun College in Victoria, BC. He is an Associate Member of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Victoria, and an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University.

Works: A number of academic and other presentations in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Europe, the United States and Canada; has published on diversity, racialization, ethnicity, tourism, human factor development, and globalization; author of First Nations Students Talk Back: Voices of a Learning People ; co-author of ; Succeeding From the Margins of Canadian Society: A Strategic Resource for New Immigrants, Refugees and International Students; co-author of Succeeding From the Margins of Canadian Society: A Strategic Resource for New Immigrants, Refugees and International Students.

Other: Founder and President of Workplace Diversity Consulting Services; Chair of the Ethno-cultural Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Children and Family Development, South Vancouver Island Region; Co-Chair of the African Awareness Committee of Camosun College; President of the Canadian Chapter of the International Institute for Human Factor Development; initiated the establishment the African Heritage Association of Vancouver Island (AHAVI).

Awards: Recipient of the International Spirit Award of Camosun College (2007); National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award, University of Texas at Austin (2007-2008); honoured with a Camosun Celebrates Excellence Award, Community Impact category (November 2009).

Education: PhD, Sociology, University of British Columbia; MA, Simon Fraser University; BA/Honours, University of Ghana.

Favourite book? The Courage to Teach by Parker J. Palmer. I like this book because it provides me with the grounding to inspire students to do their own learning and enhance lives in the global community.

Favourite quote? “When the day of judgement comes, we shall not be asked what we have read, but what we have done.” –  Thomas Kempis

Given the chance, what would you love to do that you have not done yet? Help rural communities in Africa to enegage in sustainable preservation and processing of the surplus food they produce.

Who inspires you? Jesus Christ, for his empowerment of the poor and the disenfranchised.

Why do you do what you do? I am an educator because education has transformed my life and I want to share that opportunity with as many people as possible.