empowering communities to catalyse social change
FACILITATING STRAIGHT-FORWARD COMMUNICATION BETWEEN COMMUNITIES
Hi there! My name is Mehak Sheikh (pronounced Meh-Heck Shake). I use she/her pronouns.
I am a connector by nature, and a facilitator by nurture. As a 24-year old woman hailing from Melbourne’s Western suburbs, I identify as a fourth-generation Kenyan background with Muslim Punjabi heritage. I currently reside on unceded lands of the Woiwurrung, Boonrwrung, Wathaurrung, Daungwurrung and Dja Dja Wrung people. My identities and experiences guide my existence in the world.
Driven by an unwavering passion for systems change, community and youth-led voice and education, I am dedicated to supporting community-centred movements and ideas.
Drawn to advocating for social justice as a ripple effect of my own lived experiences as a woman of colour, I am deeply engaged in supporting the empowerment of the next generation of minorities.
In the professional realm, I’m trained in Psychology (Hons) and boast published works on acculturation attitudes in education for migrant communities. My expertise lies within intercultural and intergenerational dialogue, emotional intelligence, accessible capacity building and advocacy.
Blending my professional expertise with my experiences of living across a multitude of minority identities, I feel pulled to engage with the community, facilitate social impact and harness the ripples of change.
When I’m not indulging in painting or working my day job, community-based projects take centre-stage.
Throughout everything I do, I hope to contribute to the development of a fair, equitable and sustainable society.
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I ran for my local council in 2020.
As the biggest project I’ve ever led, #SheikThingsUp saw me run as an independent candidate for the City of Wyndham’s Local Government’s elections. This experience taught me a lot in the way of team-building, fundraising, media relations and leadership skills. As the campaign was 98% online, I learned to harness community connection in an accessible and approachable light.
I facilitated Brown Come Up Community.
During the pandemic, as connections waned, I facilitated the setup of over 200 South Asian/Brown changemakers.
I was awarded the premier’s volunteer award.
Recognised for my contributions and dedication to the community, I was awarded the honourable Premier’s Volunteer Award for XXX.
I facilited capacity building with U-Learn.
I run a social enterprise called U-Learn which delivers skills, resrouces and networks in a culturally accesible light. I set up and facilitated eight programs that enabled capacity building of culturally responsive emotional intelligence and life skills workshops.
Resonate with my love for community, connection and social impact? Let’s grab a virtual coffee and chat about your next project.