2020 SWAAC STUDENT AWARD IN EQUITY, DIVERSITY WINNERS
Racheal Kalaba is originally from Zambia., moved to Canada to pursue a Masters in Development Practice (MDP) in Indigenous Development at the University of Winnipeg. Racheal Kalaba is an IPS Peace Scholarship recipient of the 2019-2020 PEO graduate scholarship. She is currently doing her Major Research Paper on Disaster Risk Reduction and Indigenous Communities in Manitoba under the supervision of Dr. Jaime Cidro. Racheal Kalaba is passionate about grassroots mobilization and using the participatory approach to working with girls, women, and communities. Racheal Kalaba’s International placement in 2019, was in The Commonwealth Dominica, working with Indigenous Communities and supported communities to build their resilience in disaster risk reduction through community engagement, mapping, and planning. She volunteers with the Red Cross Canada – Emergency Department in Manitoba. She continues to volunteer with the organization she founded in Zambia supporting Women and girls in education – Zambia Women Institute of Leadership and Learning (ZamWILL).
At the University of Winnipeg, she serves as the Co- Graduate Director for the University of Winnipeg Student Union (UWSA), serving in the student’s board and she served in the Graduate Appeals Committee as a student’s representative for the Winter Term of 2019.
Academically, she presented at the 7th International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD) held at Columbia University, New York City. This annual event is organized by the Master’s in Development Practice Global Association (MDP), the Center for Sustainable Development (CSD), The Earth Institute, and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). Her poster presentation "Self Determination - Foundation for Disaster Management in Indigenous Populations" was based on International field placement in The Commonwealth of Dominica. Racheal has worked and continues to work as a research assistant on several funded projects that involve Indigenous communities, and themes that work towards self-determination of Indigenous people in Canada. She is a graduate tutor at UoW for the 2019- 2020 academic year. Racheal is extremely honored 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 everyone to embrace diversity and inclusion in their daily work.