Jul 30, 2019
Dr. Farha Shariff is a Professor
at the University of Alberta, intersectional feminist, lead
instructor at CycleBar and founding coach and Champs Boxing Studio.
She is also an unapologetic and thoughtful advocate for those of
all cultures and backgrounds and uses her own experience to push
the boundaries to help obliterate racism and bullying. She joins
The Inner Circle to talk about her upbringing as the daughter of
immigrants and how it shaped her values of education and hard work,
her dedication to fitness and health, and how she processed her own
pain from childhood to find a voice that helps others along their
What You’ll Hear in This Episode:
can still eat crunchy peanut butter and have abs like Farha. It is
disciplined Farha is on her fitness regimen, and why a clean diet
and lifestyle is important to all aspects of her
is the daughter of immigrants that taught her the value of
education and working hard, and shaped Farha’s later passion for
feminism and using her voice to help others.
- Farha’s own experience with being bullied and
ostracized based on her race, appearance, and culture, and how
Farha processed the pain to speak up for herself and heal years
Farha teaches her three daughters to be kind and inclusive, and her
commitment to being open on issues that come up from their own
schooling and social media.
- Farha’s amazing story of working at her own
junior high, and even working side by side with the very teachers
she grew up with as a child.
memory work helped Farha process the heavy emotions she felt from
childhood and recall enough data to capture in a book.
powerful work Farha is doing as an instructor at the University of
Alberta, and the thought-provoking conversations she and her
students are having to challenge individual world views and
understand more about racism.
Farha uses fitness as a catharsis and tool to keep her mental
health in check. Hear about her love for being a part of both the
CycleBar and Champs Boxing Studio.
need to learn from each other, hold each other up, and realize we
don’t need to put pressure on ourselves to do or have it
have to teach your kids how to be kind.”
- “There is power in story beyond
life is a series of ironic connections.”
woman that has it all — that’s old school now.”
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