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OSSC Advisor Bios

Emil Marmol 

Emil is a doctoral candidate in the department of Social Justice Education. As an interdisciplinary scholar with experience in professional film and radio production, he has published on critical media literacy, Cuban society, the impact of neoliberalism on higher education, repression of Latina/os in education, standardized testing, labour struggles, and film. He has recently submitted his doctoral thesis, an autoethnography/testimonio about growing up as the son of Latino immigrants in Orange County, California. Emil has experience as an ESL instructional assistant, has presented papers at numerous conferences and invited lectures, and has served as a journal editor and reviewer. Moreover, he has years of experience working for the Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre and the Institute for the Study of University Pedagogy at the University of Toronto Mississauga.  


Gabrielle Breton-Carbonneau

Gabrielle is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Social Justice Education also affiliated with the Centre de Recherches en Education Franco-Ontarienne (CREFO) at OISE/UT. She is a past recipient of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship and the Fonds Québécois de Recherches sur la Société et la Culture du Québec (FQRSC) doctoral fellowship. Rooted in the fields of sociolinguistics and the anthropology of education, her ethnographic research focuses on francophone mobilities, and specifically looks at the making of Québécois citizens and “emergent francophones” in Quebec’s classe d’accueil program for new immigrant students to the province who do not yet speak French. With experience as an ESL and FSL elementary school teacher, she is fully bilingual and can advise students who require support in both English and French.  Gabrielle also has a strong qualitative research background and can support graduate students with writing preparation, resume and cover letter editing, thesis writing, conference presentations, manuscript preparation, the French-language proficiency exam preparation, as well as with general graduate-level academic writing.


Shelly Mehta

Shelly Mehta is a doctoral candidate in the Applied Psychology and Human Development department.  Her dissertation is focused on kindergartners’ perception of their social and pedagogical experiences. Shelly is a certified PJ teacher in Ontario (OCT) with additional qualifications in special education and primary education. Shelly is also a registered early childhood educator in Ontario (RECE). She has been involved in numerous research projects at OISE and with other institutions. Shelly  has been a faculty member in the ECE department at George Brown College for over a decade. She is also a lecturer at Ryerson University and has taught at other colleges and universities over the past several years. Her content areas of expertise include child and lifespan development, psychology and neuropsychology, curriculum development and teaching in the early years, all through a social justice and equity framework. Shelly works closely with international students,  English Language Learners and mature students. She can support graduate students with their CV/resume/cover letter writing skills, interviewing skills, job application processes and overall vocational skill development. In addition, Shelly can also assist students with various academic writing and presentation skills as well as TOEFL/IELTS exams.


Velta Douglas

Velta is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning. Her research interests include: Environmental Education, critical literacy, Indigenous content and epistemologies at the high school level, social justice education, and practitioner inquiry. She is OCT certified and taught English, Social Studies and Science in high schools in New Brunswick and Nunavik. She also has experience teaching ESL to elementary students in South Korea and Paraguay. As well, she has extensive experience coaching and supporting writers develop planning and accountability measure to overcome resistance and emotional barriers. With expertise as an assistant journal editor and reviewer, she can support students with journal articles, conference proposals, comprehensive exams and research proposals. Additionally, she can offer support to students on resume/cover letters.


Ximena Martinez Trabucco

Ximena is a doctoral candidate in the department of Social Justice Education and in the Environmental Collaborative Specialization. Ximena has extensively worked in intercultural and multicultural spaces, with minoritized and marginalized population. Her research addresses the coloniality of environmentalism and the representation of indigenous peoples within it. Part of her work in the area of education relate to play, learning and emotions. Her scholarship is informed by anti-racism values and holds a decolonial approach. Ximena has a strong background in qualitative research methodologies with emphasis on ethnographic techniques. As an experienced classroom teacher, Ximena is great helping to shape and organize ideas for assignments and research purposes. Ximena is an international graduate student. She speaks English and Spanish and is also happy to respond questions related to health care, childcare, university resources, OISE graduate students administrative matters and doubts about living in Toronto.