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Graduate Inclusivity Fellows - Cultivating a Culture of Inclusivity & Belonging

Graduate Inclusivity Fellows (GIFs) promote a culture of belonging at Queen’s for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. Working with the School of Graduate Studies, GIFs advise on programs and practices that prioritise diversity, equity, inclusivity and Indigeneity within our graduate and postdoctoral community from admission to graduation. GIFs are instrumental in facilitating our aim of an inclusive graduate learning experience, leveraging and applying their skills to support graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at Queen’s.

Meet our GIFs!

Jacob DesRochers

 

Jacob DesRochers

Jacob DesRochers is a third-year doctoral student in the Faculty of Education. Supervised by Dr. Lee Airton, Jacob’s work examines culturally sustaining approaches to sexuality education both within K-12 schools, but also as an educational practice that occurs within communities of care. Jacob completed a Master’s in Education in 2019, and a Master’s in Religious Studies in 2017. An active member in the Queen’s community, Jacob is currently a part of the Universities Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Task Force, the Faculty of Education’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee, and Education Research Ethic’s Board. He is passionate about teaching and learning, and presently can be found providing remote support for instructors in the Faculty of Arts and Science, or delivering workshops during the Centre of Teaching and Learning’s professional development day.  

 

Adaku Echendu

 

Adaku Echendu

Adaku is a PhD student in the Department of Environmental Studies. Her current research is driven by her desire to contribute to finding solutions to environmental problems like flooding that are on the rise around the globe. She is most passionate about promoting sustainability at the grassroots level because she believes that big things grow from little things. She is a community builder and has mentored many young people who have gone on to make a difference in different ways. She considers her mentorship activities one of her biggest achievements. She enjoys the outdoors and never says no to learning new things. She believes in a life of service and hopes to continue being an active member of her community.  

 

Sabrina Masud

 

Sabrina Masud

Sabrina Masud is an international Ph.D. candidate at the Department of English specializing in Environmental Humanities and Ecocriticism. She has an MA in African American Studies from Temple University as a Fulbright Scholar. Her research in minority rights, equity, and diversity has led her to assume the role of the International Commissioner with the Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS). She is also involved in the Social Justice Committee with PSAC. Due to her work as a creative writer, she has also joined the team at The Lamp graduate literary journal as an incoming Co-Editor-In-Chief. 

 

 

Suyin Olguin

 

Suyin Olguin

Suyin Olguin is a doctoral candidate in English Language & Literature at Queen’s University, Canada. Her research is funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellowship. She studies food, nutritional science, and masculinity in Victorian and Children’s literature. Suyin is also a co-founder, co-treasurer, and co-executive of Scholars of Colour at Watson Hall, a group that provides support, information and resources for BIPOC graduate students across disciplines at Queen’s University. Throughout her doctoral program, Suyin has assisted the School of Graduate Studies with the running of recruitment events, professionalization workshops, writing camps, and other related events for graduate students. One of her favourite tasks is to help with the audio editing and re-recording mixing for Grad Chat, a weekly radio & podcast program that showcases graduate student research at Queen's.  

 

Nishana Ramsawak

 

Nishana Ramsawak

Nishana Ramsawak is an International PhD candidate in the department of Civil Engineering at Queens University, Kingston, Canada, under the supervision of Dr. Sarah Jane Payne and Dr Yves Filion. She is currently working with a large municipality in Western Canada investigating Biofilms in water distribution systems and premise plumbing. She previously taught Mathematics for Scientists at the St Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies; she was also a Quality Control Supervisor at the Water and Sewerage Authority of Trinidad and Tobago, as well as a Water Specialist Research Consultant with the Caribbean Policy Development Centre in Barbados. She holds a Master of Science degree in Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health as well as a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry and Management, both from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago. She also obtained a certificate in International Water Law from the University of Geneva. In her spare time, Nishana teaches Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) for the “Black Youth in STEM”, an outreach program with the Aboriginal Access and Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Queens. She also volunteers at several charitable organisations here in Kingston and even hosted the “Helping Handbags, Kingston” Christmas charity drive in December 2020. She is an advocate for education in children and sponsors a Scholarship at her Alma Mater as well as a Creative Writing competition, both in her home country of Trinidad and Tobago. 

Andres Ramos

 

Andrés Ramos

Andrés is an international student from Mexico, and a PhD Candidate in Biomedical Engineering, in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His research focuses on telerehabilitation robotics to help treat neurological motor impairments, like those caused by strokes. Andrés has experience as a Biomedical Engineer, EAL teacher, Spanish instructor, lead Teaching Assistant (TA), TA trainer, Teaching Fellow, and Educational Development Associate. He is also a salsa dance instructor, plays alto saxophone, and loves rock climbing. 

 

 

Allen Tian

 

Allen Tian

I am a PhD student supervised by Dr. Yuxiang Wang and Dr. Stephen Lougheed in the Department of Biology at Queen’s University. My current research involves developing a novel UAV and environmental DNA toolkit to assess the biodiversity status of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. Our project will give us a powerful yet low cost and noninvasive toolkit for monitoring aquatic ecosystems from a multi-taxon, diversity-of-life approach. In addition to my research, I am interested in material sciences, maker culture, 3D design and printing, photography, and community science. I am the chair of the Biology Graduate Research Symposium committee, the Biology Graduate Ambassador for the Faculty of Arts and Science, responsible for promoting internal recruitment, and I produce drone photography and footage for Queen’s in my spare time. 

 

Jodi Webber

 

Jodi Webber

I am a fourth year PhD candidate in the Aging and Health program.  My research, supervised by Drs. Marcia Finlayson and Kathleen Norman, draws on my experiences as a practicing social worker.  I use a strengths-based approach to explore how unpaid caregivers to older adults mitigate distress.  I grew up rural southwestern Ontario, and though I now live in Toronto with my family, my rural roots continue to colour the way I see the world.  My program has been delivered via a hybrid model of on-campus intensive sessions and online learning and this was the pivotal factor in my decision to return to school.  Remote options support more equitable access to Queen’s, as well as increase diversity among learners and faculty.  I am eager to contribute to the continuous improvement of virtual learning opportunities and strengthen our community.

 

 

Selection Process:

GIFs are selected through an open call application process on a yearly basis facilitated through the School of Graduate Studies. GIFs serve a two-year term. The application process is currently closed. Stay tuned for more information on our next call.