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Apefa Adjivon is a first – year student hoping to double major in International Relations and Peace, Conflict, and Justice. She is involved in several organizations on campus, including being Vice – President of the UofT Trek for Teens club, Vice – President of Finance for the Panhellenic Council, and a First – Year Representative of the Pre – Law society. Recently, she served as a Youth Delegate at the Youth Assembly at the United Nations working towards Sustainable Development Goal 5: Gender Equality. At the UN she was a winner of the Social Venture Challenge and was awarded a Resolution Project Fellowship for her social venture the Pearl Project; a center for girls in low – income communities with the purpose of pairing girls with mentors and skill – based opportunities to help them achieve their goals.
Kate Reeve is a first year student in the International Relations stream of the Margaret MacMillan Trinity One Program at the University of Toronto. She is particularly interested in studying security issues and intends to major in Contemporary Middle Eastern studies. Kate is currently also the Junior Editor of Salterrae, Trinity College’s magazine and of the Attaché journal. In the past, Kate has interned at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute under Dr. Jay Baltz, coordinated the Ottawa Youth Engagement Committee’s low-income transportation research inquiry and organized independent fundraisers for Roger’s House and Canuck Place Children’s Hospices. In her spare time, Kate plays competitive soccer and works part-time as a line cook.
Zabeda Oumer-Haji is a graduate student at the University of Toronto pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Policy and holds an undergraduate degree in Health Studies with a specialization in health policy from York University. Zabeda is passionate about public administration, social determinants of health, and policies aimed at improving the quality of life for vulnerable Canadians such as housing, access to health care and social services, and adequate employment conditions. Zabeda’s experiences include supporting the Ontario Nonprofit Network as a policy intern, volunteering for the Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto and acting as a policy consultant for Woodgreen Community Services, as part of the Public Good Initiative at the University of Toronto. Through the Women in House program, Zabeda hopes to learn from female politicians about their experiences in policy and politics to understand what the role and career of a Canadian political leader truly entails.
Nicole Demirov is a second year U of T student majoring in Peace, Conflict and Justice Studies, with a double minor in French and sociology. She is on the varsity swim team, has been swimming competitively for six years and is currently an assistant coach at Toronto Swim Club. Her hobbies include cooking, travelling and shopping. After completing her undergraduate studies, she hope to attend law school and pursue a career in civil rights law.
Ana Komparic is a PhD candidate at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy and the Joint Centre for Bioethics at the University of Toronto. Her doctoral research examines the normative dimensions of the contemporary, national pharmacare policy debate in Canada. She has also researched ethical issues in pharmacovigilance, global health and new health technologies, and the use of private health information. Ana is a Junior Fellow at Massey College, where she co-founded Audeamus, Massey’s literary and visual arts journal. She completed a BSc in Immunology, Bioethics, and History and Philosophy of Science and Technology at the University of Toronto, where she was a Jackman Humanities Institute Undergraduate Fellow. Ana hopes to gain a greater understanding of political processes and public policy development as well as the experiences of women responsible for public policy formation and reform.
Sarika Navanathan is a first year student in the Rotman Commerce program, and hopes to pursue a JD and MBA in her future. Sarika is fluent in Tamil, English, and French, and loves to travel and learn about different cultures. She is involved at UofT with the Rotman Commerce Y1 Houses as a House Captain, as well as with North American Model UN as a moderator, as well as various non-profit organizations outside of school. She hopes to combine her education with her interests in social well-being and community improvement to make a difference in the future, and is excited to meet inspiring women who are doing exactly that in Parliament through the Women in House program this year.
Sabal al Khateeb is a senior student at University College pursuing a specialization in Political Science. Her long-term goals include a career in public policy, specifically in solving some of the most pressing issues such as how to decrease our greenhouse gas emissions while maintaining economic growth. She is interested in this program to gain a practical understanding of how current MPs and Senators solve some of the problems that Canadians are facing. Outside of the classroom, she likes to travel as it allows her to view different perspectives on pressing issues experienced across the globe and how other parts of the world respond to these problems.
Natalie Boychuk is a second year student at Trinity College in the University of Toronto. She is currently a major in Peace, Conflict, and Justice and minoring in French and Political Science. Following her participation in the Munk One program, she became passionate about women’s issues in development, focusing her research on the corporate life of female garment factory workers in Bangladesh and India. She is currently a research assistant with the Reach Lab studying a UNHCR cash transfer program for Syrian refugees in Jordan. She is grateful for the opportunity to gain insight both into the challenges faced by women in politics and the policy-making process and hopes to one day return in a foreign policy capacity.
Estee Katz has a deep passion for politics, social justice issues and the study of ethics. Her focus is in bioethics where she enjoys studying health rights, particularly those of the most vulnerable in society. She has had the pleasure of taking philosophical ethics courses with topics in some areas such as the environment, free speech, terrorism and poverty. She also enjoys learning about the law and legal processes, which has been enhanced by her work at a law firm in the financial district of Toronto. Aside from academia she has a love animals and has had 14 cats and dogs over the years. She also enjoys reading and writing poetry, with a couple of her favourites being Emily Dickenson and Leonard Cohen. Something you might find interesting is in her 19 years she has lived in 21 homes, two cities and been to five high schools.
Hyuna Yi is a first year Master of Global Affairs candidate at the Munk School of Global Affairs at University of Toronto. Before starting her masters, she worked at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Rwanda as an Official Development Assistance intern for one year, where she gained a deep understanding of the challenges and nuances of multilateral development cooperation. Complementing her experience in Rwanda, she is also passionate about gender equality, and the role of governance and public policy in promoting social justice domestically and globally. Born in South Korea but raised in Canada, Hyuna is trilingual (Korean, English, French) and hopes to combine her linguistic and cultural fluency of both societies to contribute to Canada-Korea relations in the future.
Lauren Birch is a Master of Public Policy candidate of 2017 at the School of Public Policy & Governance (SPPG). Currently a Graduate Fellow for the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance, and a policy analyst in the Cabinet Office of the Ontario Public Service, Lauren is excited to learn more about the federal level of government. Lauren is involved in multiple extra-curriculars, acting as president of SPPG’s Students’ Association and a Director of the Public Good Initiative, a non-profit policy consulting organization. She is looking forward to connecting with, and learning from, Canadian female leaders.
Michelle Hayman is a fourth year student in the combined JD/MSW (law and social work) program at the University of Toronto. Prior to attending law school, she completed a BA honours degree at McGill University and an MA degree in history at the University of Toronto. She is the Co-Editor in Chief of the Journal of Law and Equality and a volunteer in the refugee law division at Downtown Legal Services. She is passionate about policy issues around vulnerable persons’ participation in the legal system and will be articling at the Office of the Children’s Lawyer following graduation.
Alice Hansen is a second year student pursuing a double major in Political Science and Ethics, Society and Law. Her current studies are focused on politics and the challenges facing Canada today. She is especially interested in Canada’s commitment to providing aid and safety to the millions of refugees around the world. She hopes that in the future her work will be in ensuring a equitable society that provides equal access to opportunity for everyone.
Madison Bruno is an undergraduate student currently in the Munk One Program at the University of Toronto and she plans on majoring in Peace, Conflict and Justice at the Munk School of Global Affairs. She is also involved in the Canadian Council for the Responsibility to Protect as a LiveAnalyst, a research organization based at the Munk School of Global Affairs. Her interest in global development and governance was sparked during my gap year before beginning my undergraduate degree; she interned for eight months at Matthew House Refugee Reception Services in the City of Toronto, a small, nonprofit shelter for asylum seekers in Canada.
Erin Gaudette is a third-year student hailing from Windsor, Ontario, completing her undergraduate degree with a major in neuroscience and minors in bioethics and immunology. Outside of school, she does clinical research focused on addictions in complex mental illness patients at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. She hopes to pursue a joint MD/JD after completion of my degree, and ultimately, to specialize in psychiatry. Her experience in a clinical psychiatric setting and her studies in bioethics have fostered her strong interest in healthcare policy, especially as it relates to mental illness, and she hopes to one day become involved in policymaking in this capacity.
Judy Grant is a Ph.D. Student in the Adult Education and Community Development Program, with a Collaborative in Women and Gender Studies at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. Judy’s research focuses on, gender and race relations within police institutions in Canada. Judy is a dedicated public servant and has been working as a police officer, for almost thirteen years, within the a large Municipal police service, where she holds the rank Sergeant. Her career path has taken her into areas of community engagement, community outreach, education, training and development and mentorship. Judy is a Junior Fellow at Massey College where she Co-Chairs the Diversity Committee, which is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion within the college and the larger community. Judy’s goal and passion is to work with racialized women and youths, at the grassroots level, to promote socio-political consciousness through education for sustainability.
Pia Hansen has been a proud student of Trinity College at the University of Toronto since 2014 where she is completing a double major in Ethics, Society and Law and Political Science. After completing her Secondary Education at Neuchatel Junior College in Switzerland in 2009, Pia had the opportunity to travel quite extensively; including volunteering at an orphanage in Ghana and in a rural community in Peru. Pia then went on to work for CHF Investm Relations. Pia is thrilled to be back in an academic setting, but counts herself very lucky to have the “real world” experience too.
Lahoma Thomas is a PhD candidate in the department of political science. She is currently writing her SSHRC funded dissertation on the governance structures of criminal organizations. Entitled Power by the People: Why law-abiding citizens support criminal organizations, her research is informed and inspired by her social justice and clinical work outside of the academy. A registered social worker, Lahoma counsels and advocates for survivors of sexual and gender based violence both locally and internationally. In 2011, she also co-founded Authentiq Consulting, a consultancy firm that addresses issues of access and equity, diversity, inclusion and anti-oppression.
Morag McGreevey is a journalist, J.D. candidate at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and a Junior Fellow at Massey College. Her academic and professional interests converge on the topics of finance, cybersecurity, disruptive technology and access to justice. Morag currently writes the quarterly diary series Trump on Cyber. Her work also appears in Cybersecurity Ventures and Technology Investing News. At law school, she is an assistant editor of the Law Review, sits on the executive committee of the Tech and Intellectual Property Group and is participating in the 1L Trial Advocacy program. Outside of school, Morag mentors high school students and volunteers for Advocates for Injured Workers, a student clinic dedicated to providing injured workers with legal support. Prior to law school, she completed a BA (Honours) and MA (Awarded with Distinction) at the University of British Columbia. Her academic research (generously supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and Faculty of Graduate Studies) addressed the same concerns about disability, insecurity, and political marginalization which inform and motivate her work today.
Grace Marshall is currently a student in the Trinity One Public Policy Program and one of the University of Toronto President’s Scholars of Excellence. Throughout secondary school, she was deeply involved with student governance and was on the executive teams of two local youth-run non-profit organizations, Starts With One and Girlsco. Growing up in Vancouver B.C., she developed her drive for activism, especially with regard to women’s rights. Currently, she is a Compliance Analyst for the G20 Research Group and a Social Media Officer for the Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect. She is very excited about this opportunity to engage with women in leadership and witness the work they are doing on Parliament Hill.
Emily Wuschnakowski is a first-year undergraduate student at Trinity College in the University of Toronto, working towards a double major in Political Science and Public Policy. Currently, she is enrolled in the Trinity One Public Policy program which has sparked a growing interest in governance and current policy issues while helping her gain a greater appreciation for Canadian law and policy. When she is not studying, Emily enjoys the outdoors, traveling, and experiencing new cultures. Her leadership skills and passion for public speaking have also allowed her to advocate for issues that she feels strongly about. Emily is very excited to be participating in the Women in House Program this year, and is eager to learn about both the inner workings of the Canadian Government, and how to challenge gender disparity and promote diversity in Canadian politics.
Allison Bonnell is a second-year undergraduate student at Trinity College, studying English and Equity Studies. She is a stream mentor for the Margaret MacMillan Trinity One program in Ethics, and the Secretary for the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada’s Roots & Shoots program. Two years ago, she began a community initiative, in partnership with local businesses, to sell baked goods to raise funds for a local hospital. This, along with her work on a policy advisory committee for the Young Liberals of Canada, has allowed her to explore her passion for community development. She is especially interested in the important roles women play in their communities, and how these contributions can be encouraged and celebrated. She looks forward to participating in the Women in House program and learning how female representation can be increased at municipal, provincial, and federal levels.
Adryan Bergstrom-Borins (she/her) is a Masters of Public Policy Candidate at the University of Toronto School of Public Policy & Governance. Adryan is passionate about equity and social justice, struggling to actively write and work within an anti-oppressive, de-colonial, trans-inclusive intersectional feminist framework. Adryan co-founded Resisting Oppression and Reclaiming Spirituality, a peer support group for women, trans, two spirit, and gender non-conforming/non-binary people to discuss their religious and spiritual experiences within a queer positive anti-oppressive framework.
Emily is a third year student at Trinity College studying Political Science, Environmental Studies, and Economics. Growing up hiking in the Rocky Mountains and canoeing on the Mackenzie River inspired her to work to protect Canada’s natural spaces. She has a keen interest in energy policy and its connections to justice, especially as states make the transition to low carbon economies. Outside of classes, Emily is the Co-President of the Trinity College Dramatic Society and works as an outdoor educator at the Evergreen Brickworks. She is honoured to be participating in the U of T Women in House program and is looking forward to this invaluable experience!
Having undertaken her LLB at The University of Essex and Legal Practice Course at BPP University, Catherine Dunmore completed her training contract at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London, England. Upon qualification as a Solicitor of England & Wales in 2013, she joined the International Arbitration team at Hogan Lovells in Paris, France working in both English and French, before gaining further experience in human rights issues in London with REDRESS and the Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice and on death penalty cases with the Law Office of the Public Defender in Broward County, Florida, USA. She is now undertaking her LLM with Collaborative Program in Women and Gender Studies at the University of Toronto, focusing on international criminal law and human rights, with a particular interest in post-conflict justice and women’s rights.
Marina Bozic is a second year student the University of Toronto majoring in Political Science, with minors in French and European Union Studies. In Canadian politics, Marina’s interests lie in gender and racial equality, social and welfare programs, and Indigenous reconciliation efforts. She is also passionate about international law and foreign affairs. Marina’s co-curricular involvement includes being an analyst for the 2016 European Studies Student Association journal, a former first-year representative with the U of T Pre-Law Society, and past participation in debate conferences and fundraising initiatives for social justice issues. Marina is immensely excited to be participating in the 2017 U of T Women in House program, and hopes to gain a deeper understanding of policy work and political procedures in our legislative system from Canadian female leaders.
Ivana Vujeva is a third year student pursuing a degree in Peace, Conflict and Justice, Art History and English Literature. Her main academic interest is the intersection between conflict and art: as expression, as a means of experimenting new approaches to peace, and as a political end in itself. A lifelong lover of art, Ivana hopes to be able to one day use her studies to fight for restitution of cultural property.
Katie Cohen is a second year student at Victoria College majoring in Peace, Conflict & Justice and Criminology. Apart from academics, Katie is involved extensively in extra circulars; she is Artistic Director of the Victoria College Drama Society, President of Burwash Hall, Co-chair for Winterfest, sits on multiple committees and boards, and always enjoys being busy. She is very passionate about the arts, constitutional law, law enforcement and environmental protection. This summer Katie will be studying abroad in Israel.
Raafia Shahid is a Peace, Conflict and Justice Studies student at the University of Toronto. I’m also a stringent feminist and refugee rights advocate. I grew up in Pakistan which enabled me to witness firsthand the culture of discrimination against women, and that is what made me so passionate about women’s rights. I also work with organizations like Borderless and CHRIO to support the rights of refugees. I’m extremely interested in the arena of foreign policy, especially Canada’s relations with Middle East. Apart from this, I would describe myself as a bookworm, aspiring world traveler, cat person, food lover and Netflix enthusiast.
Nicola Plummer is currently pursuing a Master of Global Affairs at the Munk School of Global Affairs with a focus on international security and global finance. Previous to this degree, she studied business at Queen’s University and worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers in management consulting. While at Queen’s, she was involved in many extracurriculars and now finds herself a recovering student politician. She is a varsity lightweight rower and a fierce supporter of the U of T Varsity Blues. When she’s not studying or trying to stay fit, she loves to read, eat, and ask the question: why aren’t you a feminist?
Anna-Kay Russell is a first year Master of Public Policy candidate at the School of Public Policy & Governance, University of Toronto. She completed her bilingual international bachelor’s degree (iBA) in Environmental Studies and Psychology at Glendon College, York University. Her policy interests include, but are not limited to, environmental policy, implementation, municipal affairs and public opinion. An advocate for diversity, her hobbies include travelling, learning new languages, trying new recipes and loving corgis of all shapes and sizes.
Amy Bronson is a 2nd year Master’s of Global Affairs student at the Munk School. Originally from Lethbridge, Alberta, she holds a B.A. in International Development from the University of Guelph (2012). After undergrad, Amy worked with the Malawian Government and Dzaleka Refugee Camp on a CIDA youth internship, interned at the Clinton Foundation in NYC, and held a variety of private and nonprofit sector roles. She enjoys playing guitar and is an avid urban cyclist.
Justine Hamilton-Arvisais is a third year student of both Political Science and Literature and Critical Theory at Victoria College at the University of Toronto. Her academic interests include texts of the Romantic Period and the way in which literature collides with issues of representation, identity and political expression, specifically in the context of colonial and diasporic texts. She enjoys hiking, canoeing, participating in cultural events, and the art of the political debate. Justine hopes to continue her studies in the context of a Masters of Political Science, with her career aspirations ultimately landing in the area of Immigration and Refugee Law.
Emily Flikas is a third year student at the University of Toronto, pursuing a double major in Political Science and African Studies. She intends to continue her studies through the masters and doctoral levels to pursue a career in governmental advocacy work within African nations working through the rampant consequences of European colonialism. She wishes to work within the institutions of African governments to promote greater instances of parity and gender equity. Following this work she intends to enter the political arena, with an ultimate goal of becoming a Canadian ambassador to an African nation. It is a great honour for Emily to have the opportunity, through the Women in House program, to work alongside female politicians at home, to gain insight into promoting greater proportions of women in politics and more widespread reflections of female empowerment.
Tali is in her first year at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law. Her academic focus is on public law, with a special interest in the relationship between government and equity seeking groups. Outside of school, she sits on the board of Toronto350.org, a grassroots environmental organization. She also volunteers for LeadNow, which campaigns heavily for an open and transparent democracy. She hopes to use her legal education to influence public policy and is excited to learn more about the unique challenges of women in politics.
Stephanie Xu currently studies at University of Toronto, under the Munk One Foundational Program within the Munk School of Global Affairs. Hoping to major in Peace, Conflict, and Justice, and minor in Contemporary Asian Studies, she wishes to continue her education in human rights law, specifically within the field of women and ethnic minorities. Combining a love for travel and a belief in grassroots development, Stephanie has lived in Indonesia working with the local government to establish youth and health programs. She will also be travelling to Israel this summer to engage in a course that will examine the co-existence of Israel and Palestine. As an avid photographer, Stephanie runs her own photo website “raw + rove” and uses this medium to highlight the beautiful people and landscapes from all around the world. She is looking forward to the rewarding experience Women in House will provide.
Abigail Lendvai is a second-year undergraduate student at Trinity College pursuing a double major in Political Science and Peace, Conflict, and Justice studies. While Abigail’s academic interests are diverse, she is particularly passionate about gender equity, women’s access to education, and the protection of human rights. In summer 2016, she was given the opportunity to broaden her knowledge of conflict resolution while studying the Palestinian-Israeli conflict within the Co-existence program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Abigail is currently a student librarian at the John W. Graham Library, and was Co-Chair of the Trinity College Saints Ball which raised over $8,500 for Emily’s House, Toronto’s only children’s hospice. Abigail is also an alumna of the Munk One Program, a selective first year program in innovative global problem solving.
Kelsey Wiseman is a third-year student pursuing a double-major in History and Ethics, Society & Law with a minor in American Studies. She is particularly interested in constitutional law, and she hopes to pursue a career in that field in the future. In addition to serving as the Editor-in-Chief of Intra Vires, Kelsey serves as the Director of Media Relations at the Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, a Research Assistant at Harvard Law School, and a Legal Working Group Member at Osgoode Hall Law School in conjunction with Trinity College.
Lauren Wu is currently a third year student at University College at the University of Toronto. She is pursuing a degree in political science, criminology and art history. Since being introduced to the intricate political processes in Canada in a government relations internship, she has been very interested in learning, observing and participating in them. Being a member of equal voice, I know how important it is for young women to be engaged in politics and government. I am so excited to participate in the Women in House Program this year to meet members of the political community who share an interest in political processes.
Sharika Khan is a third-year undergraduate student double-majoring in International Relations and Political Science at the University of Toronto. She is particularly interested in international human rights law, humanitarian intervention, social justice and environmental issues. Her deep passion of addressing critical domestic and global political issues stimulated her involvement with Because I am a Girl, UNICEF, the G7 Research Group, among other organizations. Sharika seeks to continue her journey in the field of politics and global affairs and is committed to dedicate her career to Canadian civil service.
Ashley-Nicole Harrison is a 23-year-old master’s student currently working toward a degree in global affairs at the Munk School. While she is eager to explore different aspects of politics and economics, she is most interested in pursuing a career in policy development relating to drug addiction. Before studying at the Munk School, she obtained my bachelor’s in Psychology and Political Science from Western University. After completing her bachelor’s, she spent a year in South Korea teaching children and tutoring a North Korean refugee in English.
Sally Wong is a third year JD candidate at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. She is also a Massey College Junior Fellow, where she organized a conference on the role of Canada’s judiciary. She is currently an extern with the City of Toronto’s Legal Services Division. Prior to law school, Sally obtained a Bachelor of Arts & Science from McGill University, double majoring in Economics and Psychology. Following graduation this June, Sally will be articling at McMillan LLP in Vancouver, where she hopes to pursue her interests in business law. Having lived in Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto, Paris, Geneva, and Hong Kong, she is also interested in international affairs. Sally hopes to examine Canada’s foreign policy and role on the world stage, and is very excited to learn about governance and politics from inspiring female leaders.
Jennifer Cape is a third year medical student at the University of Toronto. Jennifer has a strong interest in the social determinants of health and the role of policy changes not only in addressing these determinants but also in creating a safer, more equitable and more collaborative society. She hopes her career in medicine will include a legacy of policy changes that address these inequities and improve quality of life for all Canadians. She admires and hopes to emulate the work of her uncle, Ottawa epidemiologist Dr. Robert Cushman, who helped pioneer the Non-Smoking Bylaw in 2001. Jennifer completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham on a full athletic scholarship. She spent four years competing on the NCAA Division 1 tennis team earning Academic All-American accolades in her senior year.
Trinh Theresa Do is a resident junior fellow of Massey College, a second-year Master of Global Affairs candidate at the Munk School of Global Affairs, and a former journalist. With a specialization in political economy and global finance, Theresa is interested in understanding how political, economic, and financial policies affect growth. Outside of academia, she is also a co-founder of inForum initiative, a non-profit organization dedicated to political empowerment.
Claire Robbins is a Master of Global Affairs (MGA) student at the U of T’s Munk School, with a BA(H) in Global Development at Queen’s University. Though she considers herself a generalist, she tends to integrate international security and gender issues into her studies, with a growing interest in oil and energy politics. Her past experiences include interning at the Clinton Foundation in New York City and the Canadian Women’s Foundation in Calgary, as well as running a women’s rights non-profit at Queen’s. At Munk, Claire is The Director of Academic Affairs for the MGA Student Association, an Analyst at the G7 Research Group, and the Director of Public Relations for the student-run Munk Mining Conference. She is honoured to be a part of this program, and is excited to meet and learn from Parliamentarians who are as enthusiastic about women’s role in politics as she is.
Janelle Deniset is a second-year Master of Global Affairs candidate, with a background in political science and international relations. She is grateful for the international and domestic experience she has gained over the past few years as a Junior Policy Officer for the Canadian Permanent Mission to the UN, as a Senior Editor for the Journal of International Law and International Relations, and as a Compliance Analyst for the G20 and G7 Research Groups. Janelle is passionate about Canadian politics and, in particular, about Canada’s role in global affairs. She has lived, worked, and travelled to over 22 countries, but Canada remains close to her heart. Janelle is excited for the U of T Women in House Program to exchange ideas and experiences, while learning from her peers and distinguished Members of Parliament and Senators.
Alyssa Horvat is in her final semester of her Masters of Global Affairs at the Munk School of Global Affairs in Toronto. As a second generation Canadian of Slovenian and Palestinian heritage, she is passionate about languages and multiculturalism and the strengths such diversity brings to the Canadian context. Her particular areas of interest include immigration and refugees, as well as international law, and Canada’s role in peace-building globally. Post-graduation, she hopes to work in the field of migration and encourage more progressive refugee and migration policies both within Canada and abroad.
Sarah Ingle is a first year student in the Margaret MacMillan Trinity One International Relations Stream with research interests in global governance, and the intersections of cybersecurity, international law, and human rights. She is also First Year Representative of the Trinity College Volunteer Society, an Assistant Editor at the Indonesian Journal of International and Comparative Law, and formerly served as Communications Officer at the International Migration Research Centre in Waterloo, ON. Following her undergraduate degree, Sarah hopes to pursue a legal education and further studies specializing in public international law and diplomacy. She is excited to join this year’s participants in promoting political engagement and building women’s involvement in public life.
Dani Carmichael is a second year student at the University of Toronto pursuing a double major in Health Studies and Political Science. After completing her undergraduate degree, she wants to get her Masters in Public Health. She hopes to one day have a career public health policy, with a particular interest in Canada’s role in global health governance. Outside of the classroom, Dani is on the executive committee’s of the Ontario Model World Health Organization and Alpha Phi Women’s Fraternity, Xi chapter. She is so excited and grateful to have the opportunity to interact with some of the wonderful women in power in this country, and can’t wait to further promote women in leadership.