Alana Butler (Ph.D.) is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. In 2015, she graduated with a Ph.D. in Education from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. She teaches the at-risk concentration in the Faculty of Education as well as a graduate course called Social Inequality in Education: A Global Perspective. Her research interests include the academic achievement of low-socio economic students, race and schooling, equity and inclusion, and multicultural education. In 2019, she was awarded an Insight Development Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for a study entitled Beating the Odds: An intergenerational examination of cultural barriers to postsecondary education for low income Ontario youth. She is currently the co-Chair of the University Council on Anti-racism and Equity (UCARE) and a member of SEEC (Senate Educational Equity Committee).
Ann Deer (she/her) is the Indigenous Recruitment & Support Coordinator for the Smith Commerce program and the Faculty of Law. She is Mohawk from the Wolf Clan, of Akwesasne. Ann brings her professional Indigenous network and living traditional Haudenosaunee knowledge. She is passionate about lifelong learning, plants as medicine, cultural foods, and its ties to sovereignty, building community and supporting our young leaders. Ann completed her Bachelor of Arts with Honours in both Native Studies and Canadian Studies at Trent University and a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership at St. Lawrence University.
She provides culturally appropriate teaching for student(s) to understand Indigenization of space that they can carry with them into their professional career.
Yara is currently involved with the Queen’s Student Diversity Project and the Queen’s Muslim Student Association. In these positions, Yara works with the clubs’ teams, university staff, and the greater Kingston community to coordinate various initiatives that help teach on cultural and/or religious topics, celebrate different identities, and raise awareness and donations on current issues. Yara is also a LIT Facilitator for the Human Rights and Equity Office.
Lavonne Hood has been the University Ombudsperson at Queen’s since August 2019. As the Ombudsperson, she works to ensure that university policies and procedures are fair, transparent, and accessible for all students, faculty, and staff at Queen’s.
Throughout her career, Lavonne has been deeply committed to fairness, equity, diversity and inclusion. Before joining Queen’s in October 2018 as Senior Legal Counsel, she worked as Legal Counsel for the Department of Justice, where she served as the Co-Chair of the Advisory Committee on Visible Minorities. This work garnered her both the individual and team National Awards for Employment Equity and Diversity Leadership from the Department of Justice.
Lavonne is grateful to serve the Queen’s community as the Ombudsperson, and hopes to be able to make a real impact on the university for the good of its students, faculty and staff.
Heather Aldersey is an Associate Professor and Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Disability Inclusive Development in the School of Rehabilitation Therapy. She is also the Scientific Director for the International Centre for the Advancement of Community Based Rehabilitation (ICACBR). Dr. Aldersey’s research studies the strategies and services that empower and integrate people with disabilities in society.
Jenny Lee is a career counsellor at Queen’s Career Services who supports and empowers students in crafting their career stories. She is passionate about helping individuals navigate work and career, particularly through the lenses of anti-racism, equity, and inclusion. Jenny is a first-generation immigrant to Canada, and has lived and worked in 3 other countries in various roles in the education sector for over ten years. She continues to be an advocate in higher education, serving as an active member of the Queen’s Women’s Network, as well as part of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Community of Practice of the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services (CACUSS). She is also a member of the Marketing, Communications, and Web Services Committee of CERIC, helping to advance career development in Canada.
Outside of work, Jenny enjoys hiking trails with her family and getting immersed in a good book with a cup of tea in hand.