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SOCIAL JUSTICE EDUCATION

SJE Student Association | Student Caucus

Executive Team​

Jessica Wright (Internal Coordinator), jessi.wright@mail.utoronto.ca

Janelle Baptiste-Brady (External Coordinator), janelle.baptiste.brady@mail.utoronto.ca

Sandi Wemigwase (Communications Coordinator), sandi.wemigwase@mail.utoronto.ca

Greer Brabazon (Financial Coordinator), greer.brabazon@mail.utoronto.ca

 

Social Media

Social Justice Education through the lens of our students. This is our world. These are our students. Welcome to our community. Please visit our facebook page.

Voices of SJE

Your picture*. Your voice. Your words.

This social media project is inspired by the SJE Student Caucus’ commitment to community-building. The idea behind Voices of SJE is simple: we want to humanize our social media space with voices from our SJE community, and we want to do so in such a way that subverts capitalist, ethnographic consumption of the body by encouraging participants to share critical ideas/thoughts about things that interest and matter to them. Every week/month we will invite people from our community (students, admin, and faculty) to share their voice.

*We will not post any pictures without your expressed consent.

Please contact: Jessica Wright (jessi.wright@mail.utoronto.ca) if you would like to be featured or if you have any questions.

 

Student Profiles

 

Zuhra Abawi

 

Zuhra Abawi

Zuhra Abawi is a Doctor of Education Candidate in the Department of Social Justice Education, OISE. The Ed.D. program has allowed her to combine her professional and theoretical practices to focus on contemporary social justice issues in the field of education. Her research is concerned with the teacher diversity gap and the narrative of equity and inclusive hiring and promotion policies.

 

Sharmin Dadani

 

Sharmin Dadani

Sharmin Dadani is currently undertaking a Doctorate in Education, in the Department of Social Justice Education, OISE. Specifically focusing on Re-imagining Educational Testing in Ontario, she feels lucky enough to have two of her greatest passions, teaching and ongoing learning, encompass a large part of her life. 

 

Marie Laing

 

Marie Laing

Marie Laing is a M.A. student in the Department of Social Justice Education, OISE. Marie's research centres around two-spirit and queer Indigenous people living in Toronto. At SJE, she has found room for this work -- and room for herself in a community of scholars working across a wide variety of disciplines.

 

Andrea Vasquez Jimenez  

 

Andrea Vásquez Jiménez

Andrea Vásquez Jiménez is currently a M.Ed student transferring to M.A. in the Department of Social Justice Education, OISE.  Andrea’s activism feeds into, and off of her academic work. Interests include: unpacking how the term/discourse of "Hispanic" is anti-Black and anti-Indigenous; how this colonial legacy including imposed naming materialize impact in people’s lived experiences; documents resistances in Toronto; highlights new imaginings and responsibilities to resist terms/discourses/[in]actions that [re]perpetuate white supremacy.

 

Kristina Leis

 

Kristina Leis

Kristina Leis is a M.Ed student in the Department of Social Justice Education, OISE. "When you study at OISE, you study the diversity of the best education has to offer. You join the elite community of scholars and professors and gain valuable insights and opportunities at every level; personal, professional, and academic. This truly is the place to be education in a socially just and diverse way!"

 

Sophia Papstavrou

 

Sophia Papstavrou

Sophia Papstavrou is a Ph.D student in the Department of Social Justice Education. Sophia's doctoral thesis is a genealogy of women’s rights groups in Cyprus. She examines the contributions of Cypriot women’s organizing in frozen conflict post war peacebuilding. Sophia is based in Cyprus holding a full-time position as Gender Technical Lead at World Vision International Middle East and Eastern Europe Regional Office.  

Sophia joined the TEDxNicosiaWomen platform delivering a talk on identity and intersectionality derived from her studies at OISE/UT, SJE. She remains an active member of Women, Peace and Security Network Canada. 

Follow her research on Cyprus via twitter @sophipas.

 

Everton Haye

 

Everton Haye

Everton Haye is a PhD student at the Ontario Institute for the Studies in Education (OSIE), in the Department of Social Justice Education. His current research interests focus on institutional and historical racism and its impact on Toronto’s black community in general and gay men from the Caribbean in general.

His journey started when he attended an information session at OSIE and was introduced to his current advisor, Dr Njoki Wane, who without reservation listened to his research interests, his life’s journey and encouraged him to apply. He now encourages minorities and black men interested in social justice to do the same because of the nurturing learning community within the department.

Everton holds a MSc in criminal justice from nova Southeastern University in Florida, and a B.Sc. in psychology from liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.

 

Meng Xiao

 

Meng Xiao

Meng Xiao is a first-year MEd. student in the Department of Social Justice Education, OISE. Her research focuses on how Chinese neoliberalism is being used as a framework in facilitating the environmental decision-making of Three-Gorges Project, which leads to the environmental and social injustice issues. Meg uses the social equity approaches, love, and fairness that she has learned from Social Justice Education to advocate for social justice in her hometown. 

 

Eric Nay

 

Eric Nay

Eric Nay is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Social Justice Education, OISE, a professor at OCADU and an architect. Eric's work at OISE is focused on troubling the figuration of a particular iconic modern architect and how UNESCO policies, as well as current pedagogical practices,  support a  system of knowledge production using analytical tools situated in Social Justice Education.

 

Jacqueline Scott

 

Jacqueline Scott

Jacqueline Scott is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Social Justice Education, OISE. Why are Black people afraid of the woods? Jacqueline is researching this question for her PhD. The department is giving her the tools - theories, research methods, critical thinking skills – to find some answers. The research may encourage Black people to go camping, hiking and canoeing.

 

Cristina Jaimungal

Cristina Jaimungal

Cristina Jaimungal is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Social Justice Education and Comparative, International, and Development Education (CIDE) at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). Anchored in anti-racism and anti-colonial research methodology, her research interests examine the racial dimensions of English language education and its global operation. Cristina holds a BA with Honours in English and Professional Writing from York University and an M.A. in Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning with a specialization in CIDE from OISE.

 

Abdu Wahab

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abdu Wahab

Abdurrahman (Abdu) Wahab is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Social Justice Education, OISE. His research interests are around issues of social justice, equity, diversity and participation as foundations of democratic education. His research also involves the intersection of nationalism and democracy as two distinct, and at many times opposing, paradigms for education in areas of ethnic and national conflicts, with a particular focus on the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

 

Daniella Robinson

Daniella Robinson

Daniella Robinson is a Cree-Italian M.Ed. student in Social Justice Education, in collaboration with Sexual Diversity Studies. In this program, Daniella has been able to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a sex therapist whilst working to challenge the white supremacist, colonial educational system. She is currently working with a grassroots Indigenous organization on a project that will make higher learning more accessible to Indigenous students across Ontario. She also acknowledges that OISE resides on stolen Anishinabe land, and is a colonial institution with its own issues that need to be challenged.

 

Emily Moorhouse

Emily Moorhouse

Emily is an M.A. Candidate in the Department of Social Justice Education. Her thesis uses anti-colonial and feminist methodologies to examine how non-white, mixed-race women in Canada understand, negotiate and resist conceptualizations of “mixed race”, exoticism, colonialism and anti-blackness. Emily is also one of the Departmental Outreach Coordinators in SJE.

 

Stephanie Latty

Stephanie Latty

Stephanie Latty is a Ph.D. Student and Research Fellow in the Department of Social Justice Education. Her research interests are grounded in critical race theory, anti-racism, Black feminisms and Indigenous feminisms. Stephanie holds a Masters of Social Work from Ryerson University and a Bachelors of Social Work from Laurentian University. Prior to starting the program, Stephanie worked as a front line social worker and also did equity policy work for a large academic institution. 

 

Demi Suleyman

Demi Suleyman

Demi Suleyman is a Ph.D. student in Social Justice Education and Environmental Studies. His research interests span from Environmental Sustainability, Social and Environmental Justice, and Indigenous Knowledge and Philosophy. He is the co-author of three articles on food security and has contributed to one book chapter. Most recently, Demi Suleyman is a proud recipient of The GreenSaver Alastair Fairweather Memorial Award in the Environment for 2014/15 Academic year at the school of Environment, University of Toronto. He currently researches Indigenous Ghanaian food systems and environmental sustainability.


Mark Houghton

Mark Houghton

As a student in the Doctor of Education stream, Mark’s research interests bridge the theoretical and practical focusing on the ideological discourse that holds Youth as troubled, rebellious and simply a transition towards adulthood. Specifically, Mark looks at the passage from secondary school post-secondary school life/academic/vocational experiences and the cultural and ethical dynamics of training for work. His working theoretical frameworks are rhetorical theory, labour process theory, ideology criticism and emotion/affect theory.