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Information about the speakers:
Jean Becker is of Innu, Inuit and English ancestry and a member of the Nunatsiavut Territory of Labrador. Jean has a Master’s degree in Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Guelph.
Jean is currently the Senior Advisor: Aboriginal Initiatives at Wilfrid Laurier University, advising the institution on Aboriginal issues and working to implement Laurier’s commitment to the development and enhancement of post-secondary educational opportunities for Aboriginal students. Jean oversees the strategic direction of the university in relation to Aboriginal activities. She works with a team of Aboriginal staff to create services and a welcoming space for Aboriginal students at each of Laurier’s locations and supports the implementation of indigenous knowledge within academic programs and student support services.
Dr. Kathy Hogarth
Kathy Hogarth is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Renison University College at the University of Waterloo.
Prior to becoming involved in academia, Dr. Hogarth was a University counselor at the University of Technology, Jamaica (1998-2002). Since immigrating to Canada in 2002 she has been involved in community based research primarily with marginalized populations in Canada. Her work with marginalized populations was furthered through her dissertation research documenting the experiences of racialized immigrant women and their attempts at negotiating belonging in Canada.
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