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Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education

Adult Education and Community Development Program

Meet Our Alumni: Jason Merai


Jason Merai, MEd 2014
Inspector, Ministry of Community Safety & Correctional Services, Government of Ontario

"I pursued my Masters in Adult Education and Community Development in order to develop pedagogical approaches to education as a vehicle for sustainable change. I had the opportunity to work with wonderful professors like Jack Quarter, Sherida Ryan, Sara Carpenter and David Levine. They were instrumental in determining the need to apply intersectional approaches to education, adapting to different learning styles, and constantly being aware of the need to be innovative in supporting marginalized and disempowered communities.

I firmly believe in community development as a measure for keeping institutional power accountable, as well as empowering individuals to accomplish transformative change. 

Since graduating, I have participated in giving platform to numerous social justice issues, including: serving a Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) internship in South Africa supporting the development of Rural Co-Operatives in Mthatha; hosting a television show on Rogers TV to address bullying and it’s intersections; leading Humber College’s first Gender-based Violence Prevention project; and serving as Executive Director of the Urban Alliance on Race Relations, a human rights organization addressing racism in Toronto."