Nelson is in his third year of studies at Simon Fraser University, with a major in Economics and a minor in International Studies focused on international development. He co-founded Aspirations in Motion, a youth-led non-profit organization that aims to empower and engage youth in Lesotho through educational and mentorship initiatives.
Phoebe is a second year student majoring in Political Science and History at McGill University. She previously served as an intern at Liberal International in London, England, and currently teaches religious education and diversity at the Unitarian Church of Montreal.
is a final year student at the University of Toronto, where she studies International Relations and History, with an interest in ethnic conflicts and colonialism in the Global South. Academically, she has a regional interest in the post-colonial history of South Asia and the Middle East, and hopes to pursue her research in graduate school.
Raied is in his fourth year of the International Studies Honours program at Simon Fraser University, focusing on Comparative and Middle East Politics. Raied has received two SFU undergraduate research grants and conducted research on transitional justice and judicial behaviour in the Middle East.
Rebecca is entering her second year at York University, where she is completing a double major in Communications and Human Rights and Equity studies. Her research interests in sexual health, sexual identity and health equity in the African diaspora have been inspired by her experiences as the youth program ambassador for the AIDS committee of Windsor.
Sabeeha is in her second year at UTSC, double majoring in Molecular Biology and Health Studies. She is involved with ThorncliffeRT, a community group that, among other initiatives, organizes community workshops on global issues like imperialism and Islamophobia.
Sayjon is currently in his fourth year at York University pursuing an Honours Double Major in Criminology and Human Rights & Equity Studies. He is actively involved on the York University campus in various leadership positions, such as the Chair and President of the Student Council of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies and the Co-Chair of the Student Senator Caucus.
Shazia is an International Studies and Economics student in her final year at Simon Fraser University. She is a regular contributor to her department’s student journal, ‘Confluence’, and writes on topics such as the War on Afghanistan and the social theories behind political revolution in Syria.
Spencer is pursuing a specialist degree in Peace, Conflict, and Justice at the University of Toronto, and a double minor in Political Science, and Diaspora and Transnational Studies. He has travelled to Israel and Palestine to conduct research for his undergraduate thesis and to work as an intern at ‘All for Peace Radio’, the only joint Israeli-Palestinian radio station.
Tajdeep is in his final year studying History at Ryerson University, with a focus on 19th and 20th century Indian history and modern international relations. He also possesses a BSc in Biology and Chemistry. He is involved with a Ryerson-based project, the Kashmir Photo Collective, and is a member of the International Issues Discussion Series.
Teresa is a recent Ted Talk/public speaker, activist, and fourth year student at UTSC majoring in Public Policy and Critical International Development Studies. She is the co-founder of an education development project called Education & Equity for Women in Nilphamari Bangladesh (EEWNB), a youth leader at Bangladeshi-Canadian Community Services, and a board member of an organization called Basis India.
is a third year student majoring in Politics at Ryerson University. Her trip to Vietnam during high school exposed her to the brutalities of war, and made her an advocate for the use dialogue and discussion to achieve peace in the world.
is in her fourth and final year at McGill University, where she majors in Political Science with minors in Jewish Studies and Hispanic languages. On campus, she has been active in many Jewish student groups, which seek to create more productive and respectful dialogues on campus surrounding the Israel-Palestine conflict.
Dalubuhle is an aspiring lawyer originally from Zimbabwe, and is currently in his third year majoring in Human Rights and Equity Studies at York University. He is involved with various community organizations including Covenant House Youth Shelter and FCJ Refugee Centre.
Diane is a fourth year student at the University of Toronto Scarborough, where she is studying Health Studies. She is from the Oneida Nation of the Thames, a First Nations community in South-Western Ontario. Diane connects to her identity and makes a difference on campus by collaborating with traditional teacher, Cat Criger, and through her involvement with The Indigenous Students Association.
Eunbyul is completing a double major in Political Science and Community, Public Affairs and Policy Studies at Concordia University, and is in her third year of studies. Passionate about international cooperation, she has interned with Development and Peace, and CEPROSI, a women’s rights organization in Bolivia.
George is entering his third year of studies at McGill University, majoring in Political Science with minors in Economics and Philosophy. He is interested in socio-political movements, cultural diversity, as well as social justice and individual rights.
is entering her second year at York University pursuing a degree in both Psychology and Concurrent Education. Her academic interests revolve around the literary arts, and in her spare time, she writes about various interest topics.
Jagmeet is currently in her third year at Ryerson University studying Politics and History. She volunteers with various organizations, enjoys debating within the university Model United Nations network, works with the Liberal Party of Canada, and stays updated on her various other interests.
Kashaf is a fourth year student pursuing a double major in Peace, Conflict and Justice Studies and Political Science at the Munk School of Global Affairs. Her current major pursuit is working with the Pakistan Development Foundation to engage diasporas in current affairs and minority group issues in Pakistan.
Lorina is a second year student in Political Science and Philosophy at the University of Toronto. Her academic interests centre on human security, civil rights, militarization and incarceration, intersectional feminism, and historical and present social movements.
Natalia is a third year student at the University of Toronto majoring in International Relations and Peace, Conflict and Justice Studies. This summer, she completed an internship with Students for International Development in the Amazonas region of Peru, working on a water-hygiene workshop model for students in a water stressed region.
Anna Press is a senior policy advisor with the provincial government, who has also worked for the federal government and at universities. She has participated in anti-racism initiatives, from a research program in Germany and Poland on Holocaust education to creating a documentary about Jewish jokes. After graduating with a B.A. in Cognitive Science and a B.Ed. in teaching Spanish and Social Studies, she taught for two years in Turkey. This caused her to question identity, privilege, and learn more about ethnic conflict leading her to complete a Master’s degree in Dispute Resolution. She currently resides in Toronto, Canada.
Elena Lifshits Carrera joins Mosaic from an international development, human rights and conflict reconciliation perspective. A Global Affairs professional she began her career as a film editor, making the switch to communications for development before she returned to the Munk School of Global Affairs to get her Maters degree. Passionate about rights, equality and delivery of sustainable methods of development, Elena currently focuses on policy research and analysis of innovation in international aid. Having lived in Israel for eight years Elena cares deeply for the ongoing conflict in the Middle East and hopes to one day see an implementable solution embraced by governments and the international community.
Spencer Burger is a JD/MBA student at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and will be articling at Stikeman Elliott LLP. He is passionate about Canadian and international political issues, having previously served as Policy Advisor to Minister James Moore, the former Minister of Industry. Spencer is also a student leader on campus and has been involved in mobilizing opposition to BDS and enhancing financial aid at the Law School. He sees the Mosaic initiative as playing a crucial role in reinforcing the Jewish community’s sense of unity around core community values.
Mattan Lustgarten joined the Intra-Jewish dialogue project in 2015. He has been a member of the Hashomer Hatzair Canada for many years and has been involved in the Heart to Heart program which brings Jewish and Palestinian Israeli children together each summer at Camp Shomria in Ontario. He received an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology from Queen’s University and is currently studying medicine at the University of Toronto. Mattan loves canoe trips, cycling, and finding a reason to be back at camp each summer.
Zach Paikin is an editor at Global Brief, a leading international affairs magazine. He is also a PhD candidate and assistant lecturer in international relations at the University of Kent, where his research focuses on Russian and Chinese conceptions of state sovereignty and the future of liberal world order.
Sara Yacobi-Harris is a documentary filmmaker having recently completed a short documentary film titled “Who is a Jew?” which explores Jewish identity from the perspective of Jewish people of Colour in Toronto. She has presented her research on Jewish People of Colour at a conference at Ryerson University and has been published on ithacalit.com. Her interdisciplinary academic studies and artistic interests in film and education focus on questions and themes of identity, belonging, community, feminism and ethnicity. Sara is a graduate student at the University of Toronto in Social Justice Education at OISE.
UofMosaic Fellows and Indigenous Youth Leaders with Honourary Peace Patron Senator Murray Sinclair
I am a 3rd year student at Concordia University majoring in Community, Public Affairs and Policy Studies with a minor in Sustainability Studies. My academic interest focused around the link between armed conflict, public health and ecosystem. I have been active in sustainability related groups on campus which envisions a world that is socially just, ecologically aware and economically responsible.
As a 4th year student of political science and human rights studies at Concordia University, I've set my sights on getting into law school to one day have the opportunity to teach and research in the field. In particular, I enjoy the study of conflict resolution, and of international humanitarian law. I complement my education by serving as a field engineer with the Canadian Forces. From my experience in this Fellowship, I look forward to learning how to mediate and solve conflicts concerning issues of justice and ethics using new approaches and alternative techniques. It would serve as a great capstone to my three years in the community by being heavily involved as a councillor on various boards and chairperson during several general assemblies.
My name is Julie Hoang and I'm an undergraduate in my final year at Concordia University majoring in Political Science with a minor in Human Rights. I am passionate in human rights, community development and poverty alleviation. In a nutshell, I'm interested in equality of rights for all humans. At Concordia University, I am also an executive of Jack.org Concordia, a national mental health awareness organization that works towards ending the stigma surrounding mental illness. Through this Fellowship, I hope to gain further hands on experience working in the community, working in social justice and meeting individuals with similar viewpoints regarding social and global justice.
I am currently enrolled in Political Science and Theology at Concordia University. I speak and write English, French and Creole, and I also have a basic understanding of Spanish, Italian and German. Other than my passion for learning about other cultures, I enjoy playing musical instruments such as the saxophone. Furthermore, I love to read, writing and listening to music. Last, during my leisure time I also enjoy to roller skate, swim, dance and play soccer. I believe that what I will gain from this experience is a better understanding of the world.
I am currently in my 3rd year at the University of Guelph, majoring in Political Science and minoring in Criminal Justice and Public Policy. My academic interests and research focuses include female genital mutilation specifically in African nations and Aboriginal issues. I am currently a Peer Contact for the Political Science department at my university, where I mentor younger students academically, and help to host events that promote political awareness. In addition, I volunteered for a research project entitled "Women's Perceptions of Campus Safety through Participatory Photography". Through my own experience I was able to consult researchers on campus safety in an attempt to make it a safer environment for women. This past summer I also got selected to conduct field research in Venice, Italy. I hope to gain from this Fellowship more hands on experience in the field of social justice, and to make an active difference in my school, and the global community.
Emily is a 4th year student majoring in Biomedical Science at the University of Guelph. She is also minoring in Neuroscience and completing certificates in Civic Engagement & Global Citizenship and in Aboriginal Affairs. She is actively involved on campus as Chair of the Board, and the Chair of the Policy Committee for the College of Biological Science Student Council, Campus Program Coordinator for Leave the Pack Behind, and student representative on the University of Guelph Judicial Committee. Emily's research interests include pediatric pain communication, climate change and health, and Indigenous health. Her current project is exploring the burden of acute gastrointestinal illness in an Indigenous Shawi population in the Peruvian Amazon.
I am currently going into my 4th year at the University of Guelph where I am working on a major in International Development and a minor in Politics. I am interested in human rights, food security, environmental conservation and politics. I am a member of the Universities Fighting World Hunger club, and last year I spent a month in rural Cuba studying agroecology. This past winter I also completed a 4 month semester abroad in India. I'm hoping to use this Fellowship as an opportunity to use some of the skills that I have gained in other areas of my life and put them towards fields that interest me and I hope to pursue post-graduation. I am also hoping to do some networking and meet other students/people with similar interests and goals as me!
Hello! My name is Madison Milne-Ives, and I am a 4th year student at the University of Guelph. I am doing a BAS degree, with concentrations in Neuroscience and Political Science. I chose these areas of study because I am interested in investigating behaviour from different perspectives to achieve deeper insight. I have engaged with my university community by volunteering in a variety of ways: as a Supported Learning Group leader, to promote student learning in challenging academic courses; in a program called GetREAL, which works to combat student homophobia; and in my BAS Student Association, where I helped to plan, organize, and run a Combining Two Cultures Conference designed to bring together students in interdisciplinary programs from different universities. I have had incredible opportunities to learn about different global issues, so I plan to foster important dialogue on campus by sharing experiences with other students.
My name is Helen Ogundeji and I am from Toronto, Ontario but currently live in Montreal, Quebec. As a 4th year student at McGill University, I study Sociology and minor in Philosophy and Social Studies of Medicine. I consider myself a reality television virtuoso but also can’t imagine rejecting a good political drama (I am re-watching The West Wing for the third time). I have also developed a pronounced interest not only in health policy but social and environmental determinants of health as well. Eventually, I would love to work in a field related to bioethics and hope that this Fellowship will play a role in allowing me to pursue this goal more seriously. I hope to engage students at McGill in honest conversations pertaining to mental health, fostering space for folks to share alternative medicines ideas and creating safe and accessible room for dialogue.
Hi everyone! My name is Keira and I am a 2nd year student at McGill University. I am currently studying international development and my minors are French and social entrepreneurship. Due to my background as an international student from South Korea, I have developed strong interests regarding education, gender equality and human rights through my personal experiences, challenges and lessons over the years. As a firm believer of the importance of undertaking issues through a local lens, I have worked with multiple NGOs to initiate smaller developments on a local scale in order to improve the vulnerable lives of children in developing countries through education and self-sustainable skill training. Through this Fellowship Program, I look forward to connecting with a diverse group of students who come with unique perspectives in combating global issues, and thus solving the multifaceted question of development and global poverty together. As driven, enthusiastic leaders, I believe that we will be able to leverage our outstanding resources to actualize our vision and passion for justice and peace.
I am an incoming 4th year student at McGill University, studying Honours Geography with minors in Arabic Language and East Asian Literature and Language. Originally from Japan, I grew up in several cities in East Asia and North America. My studies and extra-curricular activities have peaked my interest in development geography, civil society, and conflict resolution, so I am excited to have been selected as a part of this year’s UofMosaic Fellowship cohort. With the guidance of UofMosaic mentors and peer fellows across Canadian universities, I hope that this Fellowship will enable me to learn more about diaspora communities and destigmatize campus efforts to encourage student dialogue surrounding conflict. With this experience, I hope that I can continue to grow closer towards my ambition of working for a NGO for post-conflict resolution and humanitarian relief in an international setting.
Serisha is a 4th year student at McGill University completing her Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Political Science and a minor in World Religions. Academically, her interests surround Canadian law and politics as they relate to the areas of immigration, cultural diversity and representation, religious freedom, and constitutional reform. She is passionate about matters related to the Indian diaspora in South Africa such as, the generational effects of Apartheid, anti-black racism, systematic inequality, and internalized racism. This Fellowship offers her the opportunity to further explore these areas and enhance efforts regarding female empowerment, gender equality, and intersectional feminism. She is heavily involved on-campus holding positions on various executive teams and committees, is currently Co-President of McGill Women in Leadership Students' Association, and volunteers for the International Buddy Program. Outside of her academic environment she is also a staff contributor for Brown Girl Magazine.
I am in my 4th and final year of the History program at Ryerson University. My academic focus is on World War II and international relations. In the future I plan to study the effects of violence and genocide on society. I am passionate about history and global issues. In my spare time I enjoy writing and photography. This year I am one of the leaders of the International Issues Discussion Series at Ryerson, and also work as an English Language Support Facilitator. Through the Fellowship I hope to gain the knowledge and tools needed to promote conflict resolution.
I am currently in my 3rd year at Ryerson University's School of Journalism, and minor in environment and urban sustainability. I am interested in community development through coordinated, grassroots initiatives working with a focus on youth, junior youth and children. I also love learning about sustainable initiatives and projects, especially in urban environments like Toronto, where I live. Staying educated and informed on news at the international, national and community level is important to me, as it helps me to read my social reality and further understand the forces that operate within it. I am particularly looking forward to exploring different ways to promote open and fruitful spaces for discussion with my peers as a service to my campus through this Fellowship.
My name is Lauren, I am a 4th year student pursuing a major in Politics and Governance and a minor in Psychology at Ryerson University. I have work experiences in both commercial and non-profit sectors of Canada and South Korea, including internships completed at the offices of two members of National Assembly of the Republic of Korea and Seoul Art Space Yeonhui Residence for Writers. My major interests are colonialism and post-colonialism; immigration and refugee issues; and minority rights. Through this Fellowship experience, I hope to find opportunities to associate with students of diverse backgrounds that acknowledge the importance of cultural diversity, and learn of different perspectives on international politics and how we can achieve peaceful settlements on controversial issues as global citizens. I hope that we can create a safe and welcoming space for discussion and learning on campus with our initiatives.
I am in my 4th year at Ryerson University. Currently I am majoring in Global Studies and double minoring in Politics and Sociology. I have volunteered at workshops and organizations such as ‘Mist’ and ‘Being Me’ women’s conference, that revolves around the work and growth of students, as well as empowering Muslim women by addressing Islamophobia and the lack of academic recognition. At Ryerson University I have involved myself in the Annual Fund department to raise money for scholarships and bursaries, and I currently work as a shift supervisor there. I am very passionate about providing students with equal opportunity of education and addressing barriers to positive and supportive educational experiences, such as social class differences, racial inequality, religious out casting, etc.
A 4th year Simon Fraser University BBA candidate passionate about global and local society and community well-being and future. I've been working and volunteering for many forward looking companies greatly and positively impacting its ecosystem. Currently, I am a TELUS Health co-op student within Customer Experience Strategy and Operations team, as well as finance executive of event management and digital media startups. Since I am very passionate about the leadership within young females, I am currently part of organizing committees for two events that drive and foster female leadership.
Rajita is a 4th year student at Simon Fraser University working towards a double major in international studies and communications. On campus she's served as a SFU Women's Centre rep, VP External for the Arts and Social Sciences Student Union, and Director of Events for UNICEF SFU. She's also worked as a communications assistant for the Justice Education Society of BC. Her main advocacy interests lie in human security, transitional justice, and intersectional feminism.
Reyna is a 3rd year Biology student at Simon Fraser University, where she intends to pursue a major in Microbiology and Biochemistry and a minor in Legal Studies. Her interests centre on the issues of racialized migrant youth and feminism intersectionality. She has been a part of Vancouver Foundation’s Fresh Voices Initiative where they ensure that the youth’s voices are at the centre of conversation when it comes to policy- making and practices that affect the youth’s lives. She aims to bring awareness about the issues that racialized and marginalized migrant youth faces, and how privileged communities have a role in supporting these communities. She hopes to work through an anti-oppression framework and learn alongside other Fellows throughout the year.
A fundraiser by morning, a student by day and a marketer by night, I am a 3rd year Communications and Film student at Simon Fraser University, originally from India. I've had the incredible fortune to attend schools in 4 different countries, get acquainted with incredible experiences, meet some of the most inspiring people and further my interests in film and media. I am proud of my ability to commit and deliver to projects I take on and truly care about, while working in a team. I am currently finishing up a co-op term with a Business school and looking on taking up further enriching experiences. Hoping to make some great connections through UofMosaic, while facilitating some real change on campus.
As a 4th year Integrated Science student at the University of British Columbia combining Physiology, Microbiology, and Global Health into my studies, I wish to continue on my path towards making sustainable changes with vulnerable populations through community-based interventions and systemic action. These sound like big words but only with a vision and determination can progress and well-being be achieved. Through my involvement as Co-President with Friends of Medecins Sans Frontieres UBC (MSF/Doctors Without Borders), I strive to raise awareness about global issues that affect MSF patients and staff worldwide – neglected diseases, poverty, civil conflict, displacement, mental health, access to medicines and much more. Our community of student advocates organize awareness events and raise funds that eventually help doctors in the field save lives in places that no one dares to tread and working with these heroes is a goal I aspire to achieve.
Hailing from Burkina Faso, I am a 5th year International Relations and Political Science student at the University of British Columbia. I have a passion for multicultural and international matters pertaining to individuals and communities socio-economic and political development. As such, I have worked extensively with several international/inter-culturally focused organizations at UBC, and served as the President of the UBC Africa Awareness Initiative, the Geopolitics Director of the UBC African Business Forum and designed and coordinated my own seminar on Africa and International Relations in the 21st Century. I have also gained professional experience in my field by interning at NGOs focused on participatory development and democratic assistance in both Africa and Europe. In the future, I aspire to work in the Public Policy arena and contribute to the development process of my country and continent and I hope that this Fellowship will impart growth, relevant skills and professional development. I am firm believer that Africa’s future lays in the determination and empowerment of the youth and I am beyond thrilled to join a program that embodies a similar principle.
Nika Moeini is a rising senior pursuing International Relations and Commerce at the University of British Columbia. She's passionate about service and upon founding the first Canadian chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, created the first successful UBC fundraiser for Syrian refugees. Nika recently completed an internship with the BC Council for International Cooperation and is part of a food waste-reduction startup FoodShare. She takes a variety of roles on campus from student government to residence life. In her free time she enjoys reading, meeting new people, and drinking bubble tea. She's excited to work with students across Canada to create change in university communities.
Morrell is in her final year as a highly involved student at the University of British Columbia where she studies International Relations and Political Science. She had gone abroad four times to conduct research on human security, and has worked for Global Affairs Canada in addition to the U.S. State Department. Her work is diverse, including human trafficking in the Horn of Africa, military use of UAVs in the Middle East North Africa region, European economic relations and institutions, as well as energy accessibility for vulnerable populations. Recently, Morrell completed two publications, and was selected as a Highly Commended Entrant in the 2016 Undergraduate Awards for her paper on UAV strikes and radicalization. This summer, as a delegate at the United Nations Youth Day Summit and Partnership Exchange in New York, she became very interested in the Sustainable Development Goals and hopes to incorporate them in her work as a Fellow.
Chemi Lhamo was born in Karnataka, India. She is studying Biochemistry and Neuroscience at the University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus. Chemi was the President of Student Council at Parkdale Collegiate Institute and captain of the school volleyball team, which won the city championship in 2009. She is the youngest board member of the Tibetan Canadian Cultural Centre and Canadian Tibetan Association of Ontario, where she is the Youth and Sports Co-coordinator. As part of the Tibetan Youth Alliance Committee (T-YAC), Chemi organized networking events and workshops for Tibetan youth. She also helped organize the 1st International Soccer tournament for Tibetans in North America. Chemi interned in Senator Yonah Martin’s office and at the office of Bernard Trottier, former MP, as part of the Parliamentary Friends of Tibet Internship Program. She is currently an intern at Parkdale Community Legal Services. She hopes to create a positive space at her university campus where students can collectively tackle common issues they face.
Raymond Dang is a 2nd year student pursuing a double major in Co-op Public Policy and Environmental Studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus. He co-founded the University of Toronto Model Parliament group, which focuses on bringing access to democracy to high school and university students. His research interests are focused on the international compliance to the Paris Climate Treaty, promoting democratic participation abroad, and dealing with the humanitarian impact of climate change.
Stephanie is a 4th year student at the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus majoring in Political Science and Philosophy. During her time at UofT, she has studied abroad at Fudan University, served as the President of the Association of Philosophy Students, and ran as an NDP candidate in the 2015 federal election. Off campus, she has worked as a research assistant the criminal justice system and as a policy assistant for renewable energy projects. She is also a passionate community activist leading projects to raise awareness about mental health issues, labour issues, public transit and she serves as a board member of the Durham Region Social Action Committee. During her Fellowship, Stephanie is looking forward to bringing her experience in local community organizing to larger projects with a global focus
Hey there. I am attending the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus and currently am pursuing a specialist degree in Political Science. I focus on international conflict studies and protest politics. I am just getting back from a term-long exchange in Hong Kong where I trained intensively for 4 months to learn Wing Chun from a Sifu who learned from the famed IP Man (Bruce lee’s teacher). On the side I am very involved in my church and the UTSC rugby team. I’d like to not only broaden my view during this Fellowship Program but I would also like to help people understand each other so that we may grow and thrive together.
Anah Mirza is a 4th year student pursuing a double major in Ethics, Society & Law, and Peace, Conflict & Justice alongside a minor in Political Science at the University of Toronto, St. George Campus. Academically, her areas of interest are situated within development studies, comparative politics and foreign policy. Of particular interest to her are issues of migration and displacement, as they present a unique intersection between the realm of domestic policy and the international arena. On campus, she has involved herself in initiatives involving research, mentorship and student governance. Most prominently, she has served on the program team for the Global Ideas Institute, a year-long global innovation challenge aimed at high school students. Anah hopes the Fellowship will be an opportunity to render academic space on campus more accessible, so as to facilitate more nuanced dialogue. She looks forward to bringing attention to underserved perspectives and contextualizing them.
Matthew Lipton is a final year student at the University of Toronto, St. George Campus majoring in Peace, Conflict and Justice Studies, with a double minor in Political Science and Buddhism, Psychology and Mental Health. His academic interests lie in Conflict Resolution, International Security Studies, Human Security, and the politics of the Middle East. Matthew served as a national election observer in the June 2015 Turkish General Elections, and volunteered in South-eastern Turkey providing humanitarian aid to victims of displacement. Matthew is a strong believer in the power of creating meaningful discourse on divisive issues as a path to facilitate mutual understanding between divergent actors. Also working as a creative consultant, Matthew hopes to pursue his passion for music at the same time as his academic ambitions.
Milen is entering her 2nd year at the University of Toronto, St. George Campus where she specializes in History and majors in Diaspora and Transnational Studies. As a child of Eritrean immigrants, she has grown a fondness for her heritage and the ways in which culture is expressed in her diaspora community. This passion of hers has transpired into her academic interests, which lean towards studying the identities of people like herself, and the complex histories of the Afro-descendant community. With such in mind, the issues which call her to action are those relating to topics of displacement, racism, xenophobia, post-colonial conflict, etc., and of these most are related to the global Afro diaspora. Besides academics, Milen also writes commentaries for her university paper, participates in Young Diplomats community youth group in Toronto, as well as being the education & outreach representative for her school Black Student Association.
Naveeda Hussain is a final year student at the University of Toronto, St. George Campus majoring in International Relations and Peace, Conflict and Justice Studies, and minoring in French. As a global citizen, her passion for human rights and international cooperation has manifested itself through her roles as a writer, researcher, and intern in Canada and abroad. She has blogged for an African media organization in Toronto; interned for a child rights organization in India, studied international criminal justice in the Netherlands, and served as the Political Intern at the Canadian Embassy in Myanmar while conducting research on the country’s peace process. Through this Fellowship, Naveeda hopes to develop an understanding of the challenges and intricacies of building international coalitions to resolve conflict, while understanding how to constructively engage in dialogue to arrive at comprehensive and sustainable solutions for peace.
Nish Chankar is a 3rd year student at the University of Toronto St. George Campus, and is currently working towards a double major in Economics and International Relations. With a focus in development economics, Nish has completed an internship with a local non-profit organization centred on resource accessibility within the City of Toronto, and has an ongoing independent research project at the University of Toronto on the Government of Ontario's recent basic income pilot project. Outside of the classroom, Nish is quite involved with both the University of Toronto Students' Union, serving as the Board's Women's Director, and with Trinity College, where she has been elected to serve as co-Head of College for the 2016-2017 academic year. With the hopes of unifying her university's diverse activist voices, Nish intends on spending her time as a Fellow with the Mosaic Institute on creating a better platform for both contribution and collaboration.
Arfi is a 4th year Political Science student at York University specializing in Refugee and Migration studies. She has a passion for fighting for rights and equality for disadvantaged groups in particular migrants and refugees. When she isn’t volunteering in her community she works at the Excalibur the York University paper as an editor, using journalism as a tool of activism by featuring different voices, narratives and stories. She hopes to build better involvement and engagement at York through cohesion and communication. Focusing on accessibility and safety, she hopes to build bridges for more critical dialogue at York. She hopes to gain skills, knowledge, and experience from the training that UofMosaic Fellowship Program offers.
Ben Shachar is a 4th year student majoring in Biology at York University. He is the co-founder of the Random Acts of Kindness Project, a movement of students doing acts of kindness that has expanded to more than 15 campuses worldwide. A social justice issue of significant importance to Ben is disability advocacy; he has volunteered for non-governmental organizations that serve individuals with developmental disabilities. Additionally, he is a student researcher in the Perceptual Neuroscience Laboratory at York University and a long-time peer tutor. Ben is a recipient of the 2013 Schulich Leader Scholarship, an international scholarship recognizing academic excellence and community leadership. Ben is a strong believer in civil discourse and the potential for youth-driven social change. He is involved in several initiatives intended to promote inclusive and meaningful dialogue on campus. Ben hopes that the UofMosaic Fellowship Program will further his efforts to build bridges between diverse communities.
I am an international student entering into my 2nd year at York University and am majoring in health management. Academically and professionally, my interests lie in the field of global health, disaster relief, social policy and human rights. Driven by the need to make a positive impact and learn the craft of social change, I became involved in multiple leadership capacities on campus such as the Board of Director for Ontario Public Interest Research Group, Events and Campaign Director for Amnesty at York club, Assistant News Editor for York University's official newspaper among many other involvements. I intend to use this Fellowship as a platform to help build open spaces for challenging conversations, design stimulating social initiatives and work on a joint legacy project while gradually emerging as a global proactive citizen.
Nabil is in his final year of study at York University, where he is double majoring in Political Science and Criminology. His academic interests lie in the fields of security, diplomacy, and critical interdisciplinary studies. Nabil is co-authoring an academic book chapter on interdisciplinary criminology and transnational crime to be published in 2017. He is a member of the Dean’s Circle and the recipient of the Dr. George Tatham Trophy (2014-2015), the McLaughlin College Council 50th Anniversary Award (2015-2016), and the Certificate of Achievement for Academic Excellence in the Department of Political Science (2014-2015/2015-2016).
Hello. I enjoy learning and communicating with people. I'm always interested in understanding myself and the world/people around me, which is why I'm focusing on studying social psychology and global politics. Being in my 3rd year at York University, I think this Fellowship will add a lot to my learning journey, I am looking forward to gaining more knowledge about the dynamics of interactions, and the tactics of developing social awareness projects.