I am a PhD student in the Humanities PhD program at Concordia University, as well as an activist in the LGBTQ+ community. I am on the board of directors of the RLQ and the Centre Communautaire LGBTQ+ de Montreal. I believe that inclusion of the LGBTQ+ community needs more than integration, but inclusion and understanding of our differences and the ways these impact our experiences. Inclusion to me means giving a safe space where those differences can be seen, heard, and experienced. I work towards this type of inclusion both in society and in policy by bringing together my academic and activist work to accomplish this.
I am a PhD candidate in the Human Development program within the Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology at McGill University. My areas of interest branches into two populations: students with disabilities and the LGBTQ+ youth community. With respect to work done with the LGBTQ+ community, I am interested and am currently working on projects looking at GSAs (gay-straight alliances or gender-sexual orientation alliance), safe spaces in schools, teacher education curriculum in relation to the inclusion of LGBTQ+ youths, and teacher attitudes and beliefs towards sex education. I am also currently working in various capacities in various educational institutions at the level of high schools, CEGEPs, and universities in creating a safer space for students through working in a collaborative relationship to overcome their barriers and creating positive learning experiences. Diversity, inclusion, and equity is one of my major key philosophy in everything that I do, particularly when I work with pre-service and in-service teachers, where I have the opportunity to teach inclusion not only based on differentiation based on interest, readiness, and learning profile, but also inclusion based on social-emotional differences and individuality, including aspects of ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
I’m a M.A. student in the Art History program at Concordia University. My research examines the representation of lesbian domesticity in contemporary photography and video art. I also work at the English-Language Arts Network and Leonard & Bina Ellen Gallery.