I’m a PhD Candidate in English and Writing Studies, completing a thesis on confession and testimony in the contemporary novel. I’m also Associate Director, Community Engagement, for the Public Humanities at Western, a program designed to connect research and public life. In this role, I work between the city and university to develop events and initiatives, like Engage Western and Words Literary and Creative Arts Festival, to help support community engagement at Western and beyond. In the city, I sit on the boards for London Youth Symphony and London Arts Council. I’m a graduate of St. FX University, Dalhousie University, and the Coady International Institute.
Community-Engaged Learning Coordinator, SASAH
Media Technician, Faculty of Arts & Humanities
I hold a Cultural Studies degree from Trent University with an Honours Specialization in Film, Video and Media. During my undergrad I worked for the student and community newspaper Arthur where I eventually became one of the Coordinating Editors for Volume 35 (2000-2001). Through this experience I honed my skills in production, and was able to integrate my university education with practices in visual culture, media literacy and community-based activism. Subsequent to my degree, I completed studio training in contemporary media and filmmaking. My diversified work history includes working with NGOs coordinating and leading youth experiential learning programs. This method of learning has had such a positive effect on my own growth and development that I embrace all opportunities to guide others along that path. I nurture the better parts of myself by teaching and practicing yoga, travelling, playing ukulele, writing stories, and collaborating with others on fun media projects. I am thrilled to be contributing to SASAH by working with the students to help them develop skills in media production, and to support them in the experiential learning component of their education.
SASAH Social Media Coorindator
I have been involved in the arts as a student, practicing artist, designer, and instructor. Currently, I work with the School for the Advanced Studies in Arts and Humanities (SASAH) at Western University as the Visual Identity and Social Media Coordinator. In this role, I have the unique opportunity to work with the students while contributing to various social media/public relations for the School, including the recent update of the SASAH student blog. I hold a degree in Graphic Design (2003), a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design (2010), and I will be defending my MFA thesis from Western University in August 2014. My research interests focus on issues of collective memory, history and feminism in contemporary art, film, and photography.