Jenna is Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre’s Indigenous Programs and Events Associate. Jenna has a background in Gender Studies and Social Service work, along with a Bachelor’s in Indigenous Studies from Trent University. Jenna is Two-Spirit from Kenhtè:ke and describes herself as a “lifelong learner”. They have been involved in Grassroots programming as a Curriculum and Evaluation consultant, which was formed to show the true story of Canada to Newcomers and Refugees. Along with honouring the legacy of Residential School Survivors and providing education and awareness related to Residential Schools and the intergenerational impacts. Jenna is passionate about learning their traditional Haudensaunee culture and language, when she is not working you can find her beading or practicing her pronunciation of Kanienʼkéha.
Ayden Adeyanju-Jackson (he/him/his) is a third-year Student-Athlete majoring in Global Development Studies. On-campus, he is the Outreach Initiatives Coordinator for the Queen’s Student Diversity Project, a student representative for the Ontario University Athletics Association’s Anti-Racism Project, and the Co-Chair of the Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Indigenization Task Force in the Athletics and Recreation Department. He is also a Student Assistant for EDI at the Yellow House, where he helped create the For Us By Us: Resources to Support QTBIPoC Student Success Toolkit to assist marginalized students at Queen’s in navigating the systemic and cultural barriers to accessing meaningful support at the university. Through these initiatives, he hopes to make the university a more equitable and safe space, so a diverse range of people can reap the benefits of the Queen’s experience. Overall, he is looking forward to contributing the perspectives gained from these EDI experiences to this year’s edition of the blog.
Yasmine Djerbal is an educational developer at the Centre for Teaching and Learning whose work focuses on anti-racist and inclusive pedagogies. She holds an MA in Gender Studies and a PhD in Cultural Studies from Queen’s University. She remains involved in research and teaching, where her interests lie in critical race studies, immigration, citizenship law, gender, and Islamophobia. Yasmine is also a community organizer committed to social justice and social change.
Tahmena Bokhari is an innovative, collaborative and highly skilled leader and subject-matter expert in Accessibility, Anti-Racism, Human Rights, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion. She holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of Toronto and has 20+ years of experience in leading, directing, and managing EDI organizational change. She specializes in providing strategic guidance and consults, developing policies and procedures, training and educational development, coaching for managers on how to manage a diverse team, program development and evaluation, human rights and harassment complaints, communications plans, building inclusive and equitable workplace cultures, and ultimately raising the bar towards personal and professional transformation. She has led EDII initiatives across a variety of public sector settings including municipal government, provincial government, and other provincial areas such as child welfare and legal aid. She has spoken about her experiences of being born and raised in Toronto as a child of immigrant parents, being a racialized and minoritized woman who is multilingual, and having worked in equity and humanitarian efforts in various countries. She is the inaugural EDI Director for the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University.
Susan Belyea writes: “I joined the Ban Righ Centre as Director in March 2019. A long and winding road brought me to my position here. I worked as a glass artist and entrepreneur at Fireworks Glass Studio, and in the not-for-profit sector as the founding director of Loving Spoonful. I teach university courses in food security. In 2018, I completed my PhD as a mature student in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies at Queen’s, researching food insecurity in Canada and Cuba. It was during this time that I became a big fan of the Ban Righ Centre. I wrote a good portion of my dissertation here, enjoyed countless bowls of soup, and engaged with a community of mature women students I wouldn’t have found otherwise. In addition to my academic and work history, I bring to this position my experience as a food justice and anti-poverty activist, my love of travel, and my commitment to building a just and peaceful world for all who share this planet.”
Dr. Klodiana Kolomitro is the Associate Vice-Principal (Teaching and Learning) and cross-appointed to the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences at Queen’s University. In her role, she facilitates academic program development and review, develops and implements policies that promote academic excellence, and provides leadership on teaching and learning initiatives that are based on inclusive approaches and evidence-informed principles. Her areas of interest and research include curriculum development, anatomical education, well-being, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. She has a PhD in Curriculum and Pedagogy from OISE/University of Toronto, and a MSc in Anatomy and Cell Biology from Queen’s University. Klodiana is the recipient of the 2019 Educational Developers Leadership Award from the Educational Developers Caucus in Canada.