"The Diversity and Social Justice Studies program at UPEI is one-of-a-kind!"
What brought you to UPEI? Why did you choose to study here?
I chose to come to UPEI because it was local, and I wanted to study somewhere where I could put my knowledge to use in a community that I know. I'm from Goose River, PEI—a very small rural community on the northeast shore of the Island.
What do you find unique and interesting about the Diversity and Social Justice Studies (DSJS) program?
The Diversity and Social Justice Studies program at UPEI is one-of-a-kind, with very few others like it in existence currently. It has also inspired other schools to look into creating similar courses and programs.
What kinds of support have you received during your time here from UPEI students, staff, and faculty members?
I have received a lot of support from others in my program when looking at topics in my courses as well as from Dr. Ann Braithwaite (DSJS program co-ordinator). She has helped me strive to do more research and push myself to do more to use my knowledge in practice. She has always been there to help me when I am confused on a topic or just need advice.
"The Diversity and Social Justice Studies program is very unique, and offers a lot of great opportunities. Discussion and lecture topics often make for interesting conversations, and the knowledge you'll gain can be used in many different ways and fields."
What kinds of opportunities have you experienced because you're studying at UPEI, or because of the Island location?
By studying on PEI and at UPEI, I’ve been able to give back to the local queer community by helping at fundraisers, taking part in seminars and rallies, and volunteering with groups like the Peers Alliance youth group. And I’ve built connections with great people including community leaders and people in high government positions.
What's unique about UPEI, and Prince Edward Island, in your experience?
UPEI and PEI are small places, where you can get to know people and have more opportunities for good discussions. You can easily build connections with professors and community leaders.
What would you tell a high school student considering the DSJS program?
I would tell a high school student that the DSJS program is very unique, and offers a lot of great opportunities. Discussion and lecture topics often make for interesting conversations, and the knowledge you'll gain can be used in many different ways and fields.
What are your general plans after graduation?
I'm hoping to work for the government, ideally the Human Rights Commission, or at a not-for-profit organization or the Child Advocacy Office. I also might potentially look at going back to school to study Law, or to continue in this current field.
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