Advisory Board

The Advisory Board of CMCE provides non-binding strategic advice and guidance in managing and steering the Center and planning its activities. Members of the board assist CMCE with governance, fulfilling our mission, help publicize our activates, lend professional, personal and institutional support in grant applications, and connect us to stakeholders and community members.

The commitment for board members is one monthly meeting at OISE for 1.5 hours in person, via Skype or phone to discuss budget items, plan activities, network and create events that engage OISE students, faculty, teachers and local artists and activists in collaborations, and presentations, that promote arts and media literacy education in Toronto, in Ontario and beyond. Members of the board are invited to serve for one calendar year, however, they could choose to leave at any time.


Miglena S. Todorova is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Justice Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto. She is also the Director of the Centre for Media and Culture in Education at OISE. Todorova received her PhD in American Studies in 2006 at the University of Minnesota, United States. Her research and teaching are in the areas of media/cultural studies, transnational feminisms, globalization and education. Todorova is an international scholar with extensive experience in designing curriculum and pedagogies that support feminist and gender-based analysis and advance equality and social justice. Since 2003, she has taught courses on critical media literacy education, social relations in cultural production, globalization, and qualitative methods of research and analysis in Canada, Bulgaria, and the United States. Prof. Todorova is an experienced radio producer and the author of international youth media literacy projects dedicated to critical understanding of gender, race and sexuality. She is also an awarded teacher who seeks relational pedagogies that connect struggles and enable change.

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Emily Moorhouse is the current Coordinator for the CMCE. She is also a PhD student in Social Justice Education at OISE, with a collaborative specialization in Women and Gender Studies. She completed her MA in Social Justice Education and her BA in Equity Studies and Sociology, also from the University of Toronto. Her research interests include critical media literacy, sexual violence prevention, consent education, transnational feminisms, anti-colonialism and anti-racist pedagogies. Her current research uses qualitative and quantitative mixed methods to examine whether critical media literacy approaches can improve the way consent education is taught to adolescents in Ontario. Emily is also an educator and a classically trained pianist.

Catherine Lamaison completed her Ph.D in Social Justice Education at OISE, University of Toronto and her M.A. in American Studies at Université Paris Diderot in Paris, France. She is currently a Lecturer in the Department of French at the University of Toronto. Her research interests lie in the area of francophone cultural studies, ranging from transnational approaches to cultural production and identity formation, to social protests through popular culture in the African and Caribbean diasporas, to the question of translation and interpretation of fundamental francophone texts which sometimes lead to completely new theorizations in North American literature. She now serves as a member of the advisory boardToileDesArts, a national hub and network of 300+ organizations working in those fields, from 2014 to 2017.

Elizabeth Charles is an adult educator and PhD student in the department of Social Justice Education, she uses critical pedagogies to explore how Canadian popular culture reflects and perpetuates the dominance of white, able-bodied, masculinity. Her interest lies in the dominant social culture’s impact on the lived experiences of female racialized bodies in Toronto.  In her classroom, students explore how popular discourses of diversity, multiculturalism, inclusivity and tolerance found in the Canadian workplace protect the dominant social culture while alienating and marginalizing those who are “othered” in Toronto.  The radio program that she recently produced featured critical reflections about my life-long experiences with diversity in Toronto.

Eve Haque is an Associate Professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics at York University. She has also served on the board of the Association of Canadian Studies (ACS) and is currently on the Advisory board for the Canadian Association of Cultural Studies (CACS) and the journal Topia. Her research and teaching interests include multiculturalism, migration and language policy, with a focus on the regulation and media representation of racialized im/migrants in white settler societies. She has published in such journals as Social Identities, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, as well as Pedagogy, Culture and Society, among others. She is also the author of Multiculturalism within a bilingual framework: Language, race and belonging in Canada (University of Toronto Press, 2012)

Hayley Brooks is an M.Ed graduate in the Social Justice Education program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). After finishing her B.A.H. at the University of Guelph in International Development Studies with a focus on Gender and Development, Hayley worked for five years as an Executive within a high-paced retail environment. During this time, her experiences heightened her interests in the convergence of media and culture, feminism and critical media literacy. In her M.Ed and with aspirations for further doctoral research, she hopes to explore these areas and their contributions to media literacy scholarship, particularly within the context of the Ontario public schools.

Amanda Trigiani is a Ph.D. candidate in Social Justice Education at the University of Toronto. For the past five years, she has also been a secondary school English, ESL, and Physical Education teacher and worked last summer as a lecturer in the B.Ed. program at the University of Prince Edward Island. Amanda graduated with her Master’s degree in Education and Digital Technologies at UOIT. She applies a critical discourse analysis to literacy practices in secondary and teacher education programs. Her main interests are critical digital literacy and the systemic (re)production of ignorance through language, literacy, and knowledge production. She plans to examine the ways in which teachers are (or are not) educated using contemporary literacies and/or social justice practices.​

Taylor Berzins is an MA candidate in Social Justice Education and Women and Gender Studies at the University of Toronto. While completing her BA in Digital Media and Journalism at Wilfrid Laurier University, Taylor was involved in grassroots student print media, creating campus newspapers and community zines. For the past five years Taylor has run a feminist anti-violence activist collective based in the Kitchener-Waterloo and Brantford communities, and has been a part of various community visual arts projects that centre around resilience, healing, and anti-sexual violence activism. Taylor’s research interests include media based learning, decolonial approaches to anti-violence activism, pleasure, trauma and consent education. Taylor’s current academic research is examining the cultural production of consent media on Canadian post-secondary campuses.

George Chiran is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education at the University of Toronto/OISE. George`s research focuses on expansive learning and activity-theoretical perspectives on change and development in complex learning environments. George`s interests include digital, collaborative and creative strategies for experiential, professional and work-integrated learning in Science, Technology, Society, Environment (STSE) Education. Prior to his doctoral studies, George completed an M.Ed. at OISE with a focus on Educational Administration, a B.Ed. at OISE specializing in Science Education and a B.Sc. with Honors at the University of Waterloo.  At OISE, George is a member of the Centre for Science, Mathematics and Technology (SMT) Education, serves on the Wellness and Space Planning Committees and is Mentor for other graduate students.

Rubén A. Gaztambide-Fernández is a professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. His research and scholarship are concerned with questions of symbolic boundaries and the dynamics of cultural production and processes of identification in educational contexts. He draws on cultural studies, postcolonial and feminist theory, and critical sociology to inform his understanding of curriculum and pedagogy as encounters with difference. His current research focuses on the experiences of students attending specialized arts program in public high schools in cities across Canada and the United States. He is also Principal Investigator of the Youth Research Lab and the Youth Solidarities Across Boundaries, a participatory action research project with Latino/a immigrants and Indigenous youth in the city of Toronto.

Marc Lostracco has worked in the entertainment industry since 1993 as a marketer, director, photographer, and graphic designer. While working at a major music label, he specialized in documentary-style filming for artists like Céline Dion, Corey Hart, Jennifer Lopez, and Mariah Carey. As a photographer and designer, he has created the branding and marketing imagery for live theatre productions such as ‘da Kink in my Hair, Secrets of a Black Boy, and How Black Mothers Say I Love You. Marc has lectured on media literacy, and, as an artist, he prioritizes collaborative creative work.