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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Hayley Brooks is the current coordinator of the CMCE and a first-year doctoral student in Social Justice Education with a collaborative specialization in Women and Gender Studies. She holds a B.A.H in International Development Studies with a focus on Gender and Development from the University of Guelph and completed her M.Ed in Social Justice Education at OISE. Hayley’s Master’s research focused on the Ontario Grades 1-8 Media Literacy Curriculum, exploring its limitations and possibilities for young learners, specifically with a focus on critical counter production. Her research interests include curriculum development, critical media literacy, cultural studies, feminist theory and anti-racist pedagogies.

Hailing from Brooklyn NY, Alissa Cherry is a doctoral student at the University of Toronto, studying Social Justice Education and Workplace Learning and Social Change. She is a youth media educator, having produced over 300 youth media projects with over 1,000 students in the last 5 years, many of which have gone on to win youth film festivals and be screened internationally. Formerly the Director of Education for Reel Works Teen Filmmaking, Alissa has been primarily focused on curriculum development, alternative assessment development, teacher education, and corporate social responsibility programming with HBO, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, Viacom (MTV, BET, VH1, and Nickelodian), as well as smaller independent production companies. Alissa is a prominent diversity and representation advocate for young people in the media and entertainment industry and has organized internship programs, job shadowing, and workforce development programming for young artists. She is currently the technology specialists for the Youth Research Lab programming.

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.

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)

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.

Melissa Wilson has worked for Peel District School Board for more than a decade in several positions. Currently, Melissa is a vice-principal at a secondary school. Prior to her current role, she was the coordinator of anti-black racism education, the coordinator of Indigenous education, an equity resource teacher, and a classroom teacher. Melissa is completing her PhD in Social Justice Education at OISE, University of Toronto. She completed her MA in 2012 in Sociology and Equity Studies in Education at OISE. Her research interests include anti-racism and anti-colonial education, feminist theory and methodologies, and an epistemology of ignorance. Her current research analyzes equity work in the Ontario public education system.