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Kem Gambrell

Anglo setter-colonist with ancestry predominantly from western Europe. She currently resides on the unceded homelands of the Spokane Tribe of Indians in Spokane Washington, United States of America

Dr. Kem Gambrell is originally from Boulder, Colorado, USA, and educator-scholar with over twenty years in academia. Dr. Gambrell’s research has centred around exploring under-represented leadership paradigms, specifically focusing on Native American perspectives, as well as constructive development and the social construction of leadership. In addition, she has consulted for not-for-profit and medical organizations on a variety of leadership and organizational change over the past sixteen years. Kem’s perspectives, research, and teaching has been inspired by collectivist communities and ideologies, especially those who centre relationship with the earth and the desire to develop healthier and more wholesome relationships. She lives in the Inland Northwest with her spouse and two dogs, and enjoys reading on the back deck, kayaking the regional lakes, and traveling.

Decolonizing solidarity: Dilemmas and Directions for Supporters of Indigenous Struggle

Through a fireside chat with author/activist Clare Land and leadership and social justice scholar Kem Gambrell, this session will center and discuss some of the key concerns and insights from the book “Decolonizing Solidarity.” The learnings shared by the pair will be placed in the context of recent political developments in Australia and the US and consider paths forward for greater solidarity and community wellbeing. In the discussion, Clare and Kem will provide various examples and settings which speaks to working in cultures and communities as Anglo activists and community researchers. They will also authentically display the deep reflection needed to work towards dismantling the notion that as community activists we can objectively look at our own work. Land will also discuss the updates to her book, a second edition of which will be published within 2024.

Kem Gambrell
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