Joy Mighty, Chair
Dr. Joy Mighty brings to the Task Force an eclectic academic background and a wealth of experience as a senior administrator, teacher, educational developer, researcher and consultant. Drawing on the challenges she has faced as an immigrant Black woman, Joy’s EDI work is grounded in knowledge and understanding of the isolation, stereotyping, microaggressions, discrimination, and systemic racism faced by BIPOC scholars in higher education.
Dr. Ann Braithwaite is Professor in and Coordinator of Diversity and Social Justice Studies at UPEI. She has a long history of both founding and being active on a number of equity and inclusion committees at UPEI, including being the current co-chair of the Arts and Sciences Equity and Inclusion Group. Ann passionately believes that her scholarship around disciplinarity and social justice must include also working to effect change around her, and especially in the university.
Jacky Deng (he/him) is a Chinese-Canadian PhD student in chemistry education at the University of Ottawa. His research examines how English-language assessments impact the learning experiences of students from diverse language backgrounds. Jacky has facilitated workshops on anti-racism in STEM for graduate students across North America and worked closely with other student leaders to advocate for institutional EDI action plans. He wants to ensure that students have a voice when discussing the cultural changes that are needed to make EDI efforts sustainable within higher education.
Dr. Shaobo Huang is an assistant professor in the College of Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan. She is interested in inclusive curriculum design for engineering students.
Brian Leacock is a teaching professor at the Gustavson School of Business (GSB) at the University of Victoria. In addition to being faculty, Brian has a dual role as Associate Director of GSB International and supports all aspects of the global orientation of the school, including one of the largest mobility programs (100+ international academic partnerships in 40 countries). His current area of scholarly inquiry focuses on intercultural competency development (conceptualization, assessment, and pedagogical innovation/training) for leadership in a globalized and integrated world.
Dr. Valerie Lopes is a Professor at Seneca College in the School of Arts and Science. She advocates for inclusive (digital and physical) learning spaces, curriculum relevant to diverse contexts and equitable assessment practices. She is particularly interested in examining the ways in which implicit and/or unconscious biases and stereotypes impact EDI practices. She serves on the Task Force as the STLHE Board Representative.
Rodrigo Narro Pérez
Rodrigo Narro Pérez (he/him/él) is a PhD Candidate in the School of Earth, Environment & Society at McMaster University. His research interests include glacial sedimentology and geomorphology, geoscience field-based education, Latin American & Latinx Studies. He has been involved in various anti-racist initiatives and is the current co-convener for the Race, Racism and Racialization Working Group (R3) at McMaster University. He is passionate about anti-racist and decolonial pedagogies which he implements in his courses.
Dr. Pamela Rose Toulouse is a proud Anishinaabe from Sagamok First Nation in Northern Ontario. She is a Full Professor in the Faculty of Education at Laurentian University and is entering her 27th year in the field. Dr. Pam is fondly known for her interactive teaching, commitment to equity and passion for learning.