— I am a strategic adviser and researcher in gender, race, and critical development, and an anti-violence and anti-oppression consultant, trainer, and speaker in diverse personal and professional settings
— I am a PhD Candidate in Gender, Feminist, & Women’s Studies at York University from Fall 2021 researching sexual violence against black and brown women. In my doctoral research, I hope to uncover how black and brown female bodies are messily moulded and slowly assembled as violable; how we craft a body that is rapeable before the rape has even taken place
— I work to make sense of and rattle the cage of multiple forms of violence that take shape in our world from racial violence to climate violence to knowledge and epistemic violence. However, I am not interested in fabricating tools to end violence that do not take into account the structures that prescribe violence normalcy to operate. My consultancy work is built upon a strategic recognition of the structural, deep roots and ribbons that tie violence into existence
— I am formally trained as an international development specialist from the Centre for Critical Development Studies housed at the University of Toronto, where I developed my commitment to post-de-colonial thinking and embraced an intersectional approach that transverses transnational borders. Indeed, my multilayered work is grounded in a critical examination of the world we live in, and radical imagination for the worlds we wish to live in
My work–our work–cannot be summarized into static areas of interest. We are multilayered beings whose interests are often unidentifiable until they make themselves known to us. You may be interested in some of the projects I have taken up in the current and recent past, for which I provide some details below:
— I am the founder of lottet (let’s open that third eye together), an experimental arena and workspace housing multiple collectives and ventures unjumbling and making sense of violence’s multiple forms. Here, I direct the amalgamating consciousness coalition which utilizes consciousness raising as a practice to unsettle domination and invite in freedom and liberation
— I help coordinate the Hart House Global Commons’ Advisory Committee & Dialogue to Action Project with partners from Colombia, Canada, France, India, South Africa, and the U.S.A
— I am the Digital Humanities Research Coordinator for the South Asian Oral Histories in Peel Project at the Department of Historical Studies, University of Toronto Mississauga
— I do research on technology and society with the Reprising the Real World of Technology Working Group at the University of Toronto, funded by the McLuhan Centre of Culture & Technology. Here, I am the Managing Editor for the ‘What Would Ursula Franklin Say’ Special Essay Series
— I am a Research & Project Associate at the Knowledge Equity Lab and Consultant for the City of Toronto on the COVID-19 Recovery Research Project, Digital Access: Who Is Underserved and Why?
— I collaborate on international social justice and development projects, such as serving as an External Reviewer for the Creating Hope in Conflict: A Humanitarian Grand Challenge Innovation Screen coordinated by Grand Challenges Canada, and as an Invited Contributor for a co-edited professional book on coaching & climate change, to be published before the United Nations 2021 Climate Change Conference
— I advise projects across diverse points of departure such as a strategic gender-based evaluation on a 20.9 million dollar Sexual & Reproductive Health Behavioural Change Strategy (SPARC) with the Aga Khan Foundation Mozambique and as an Advisory Consultant for the Sustainable Development Goals Storyline, Public Health in Global History at the Global Health Institute
— As a researcher, my notable fellowships of the past year include: Reach ITESO Research Fellow at ITESO University in Mexico (2020); Climate Solutions Accelerator Leader with Youth Challenge International (2020-2021); and Reach Research Fellow with the Reach Alliance (2019-2021). I have been honoured as a UTAA Scholar and Women in House Scholar at UofT and have received awards such as the Award for Scholarly Achievement in the Area of Gender-Based Violence (UofT), York Graduate Scholarship (York University), and SSHRC CGS-M (Social Science & Humanities Research Council) to support my research
I see our embodied movements through the world as anchors, as a compass through which we are able to learn, unlearn, and come to a world of freedom and justice. I enliven the restorative nature of experiential, embodied, feminist, and decolonized means of knowing and living, regardless of my audience at a university, college, high school, workplace, consciousness raising group, teach-in, protest, march, rally, or strike.
Current threads I am following and holding myself accountable to unraveling include: racialized violence; violence against women; sexual violence; prostitution and sex work; cultural studies and popular culture; knowledge/epistemic violence; digital humanities; inclusive design; oral histories; climate destruction; equity, diversity, and inclusion (or rather unpacking what it means to be included in environments that are hateful and violent); anti-domination, anti-oppression, anti-violence; and decolonization.
Alongside more ‘consultant’ and ‘research’ oriented projects where we may be able to work together, we can also collaborate through:
— Panels and roundtables such as Youth Mobilization for Climate Justice and a Just Recovery and Activism Then & Now: An Antiracism Feminist Cross-Generational Conversation for International Women’s Day and recordings of my speaking such as this one with OpenCon, SPARC, & KEL
— Press and media requests, including interviews for features such as this one with the Reach Alliance, this one with CTV news, and this one with Aga Khan University, and podcasts such as this Unsettling Knowledge Inequities episode and this Where the Margin Ends interview
— Workshops and trainings across critical themes of anti-oppression in professional settings, such as a recent collaboration between the Knowledge Equity Lab and Socially Just Academia on ‘Digital Stories for Knowledge Equity’
— Talks and lectures (public, professional, and academic) including course guest lectures, conference keynotes, and virtual webinars. For instance, here’s a talk on the Technologies of Power & Control in Knowledge Infrastructures, which inspired another recently delivered lecture to a graduate-level seminar at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto on how knowledge can be violent through its creation and production processes
— Academic scholarship including essays such as ‘Urban Poverty is Real, But Not True: Examining the Symbolic & Discursive Crafting of the Urban Poor’ (under review in Urban Geography), reviews such as ‘Gringo Gulch: Sex, Tourism, and Social Mobility in Costa Rica’ (published in Human Geography), and case studies such as ‘Why Women’s Police Stations in India Fail to Mitigate Violence Against Women’ and ‘The ‘Making’ of a Makerspace: Community Stories and Lessons from Interventions in Cerro del Cuatro’