2019 SWAAC STUDENT AWARD IN EQUITY, DIVERSITY WINNERS
Ieman Mona El-Mowafi is originally from Egypt, born and raised in Norway and moved to Canada to pursue her post-secondary degrees. Ms. Ms. El-Mowafi is a 2016-2019 Cambridge Reproductive Health Consultants fellow based in Amman, Jordan. She completed her Honour’s Bachelor’s in Health Sciences degree at the University of Ottawa, Canada in 2016 and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Science in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences from the University of Ottawa under the supervision of Dr. Angel M. Foster.
Her student athlete career includes national competitions track and field. During her University career she was team captain for the University of Ottawa competitive cheer leading team where they competed nationally.
She has worked on multiple research projects focused on women’s reproductive health, including a study documenting women’s experiences obtaining abortion care in Prince Edward Island. Her passion for reproductive health and the Middle East and North Africa has led her to pursue a project to improve Syrian women’s access to emergency contraception in urban and rural communities in Jordan. During the two years and a half she resided in Jordan she has had the privilege to collaborate with a number of organizations in Jordan on projects dedicated to preventing and responding to early marriage and expanding access to safe and legal abortion care and meeting the sexual and reproductive health needs of Syrian adolescents. Further, Ms. El-Mowafi has collaborated with a variety of international and national non-governmental organizations in developing and evaluating projects addressing sexual and gender-based violence for Jordanian and Syrian women residing in Jordan. ill one day be achieved.
Kaitlin Fredericks prides herself in being an ally for marginalized, vulnerable, and/or at-risk youth and strives to provide these youth with a platform where their voices are heard and valued. Her passion lies in taking a strengths-based approach to marginalized, vulnerable, and/or at-risk youth. She seeks to highlight successes, resilience, and strengths, rather than challenges and deficits, to support youth in increasing their self-worth and feelings of empowerment.
During her Master’s degree in Criminology at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), she completed her research with a local Boys and Girls Club, specifically focusing on the risk and resilience of LGBTQ youth participating in their Open Doors drop-in program. In continuing to add to the strengths-based narrative of at-risk youth, Kaitlin’s doctoral research in the Criminology and Social Justice Ph.D. program at UOIT focuses on exploring how at-risk youth conceptualize and discuss success and their own ideas of success, and whether participating in a community program helps them achieve success. In doing so, she has partnered with the Child Development Institute (CDI) and their Stop-Now-And-Plan (SNAP) leadership program. Kaitlin volunteers at this youth group during their group nights and summer programming.
At UOIT, she also acts as the Co-Race Director for the Annual Campus Charity Walk & Run for a local Boys and Girls Club. She is a (grateful) research assistant on several funded projects that involve different populations of youth, including a cross-national study of young adults in custody, the overrepresentation of Indigenous young people in custody and detention in Canada, and the social impacts of fracking on youth.
Kaitlin is extremely honoured to receive this prestigious award. She looks forward to keeping equity, diversity, and inclusion as her primary focus in her passions, research, and daily interactions, and encouraging others to do the same.