Jamilah Dei-Sharpe is a Ph.D. student of Sociology at Concordia University, Montreal, specializing in critical race studies, critical gender studies, decolonial pedagogy and Black masculinity studies. She currently holds the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Joseph-Armand Bombardier Doctoral Scholarship for her doctoral project, "Black Masculinities in Canada: A Documentary of Black Empowerment and Community Engagement." She strives to illuminate how Black men and their Black female co-conspirators innovate and cultivate social change in Canada.
She developed a passion for the systemic oppression of gendered and racialized bodies at the University of Toronto while completing her undergraduate degree. She progressed into her Master's of Sociology degree, motivated to center Black epistemologies and life within the academy. She grounded her MA thesis "Rap & Modern Love" in broadening the overlooked emotional and vulnerable expressions of Black men within the social sciences. Alongside her academic commitments, she is active in community work, research, and educational consultancy to support Black, Indigenous, Asian, Queer, and other racialized communities. In 2019, she founded the Decolonial Perspectives and Practises Hub – a coalition that advances decolonial pedagogy within higher education, offering departmental interventions, syllabus deconstruction, multimedia activism. In 2020, she co-founded the National Black Graduate Network – an online platform for Black graduate students and students of Black studies to share resources and build solidarity across the country. In 2021, she established and is the lead project manager for the Anti-Racist pedagogy project at Concordia University – a public educational repository of videos by Montreal students, activists and educators sharing techniques on COVID-19 and systemic racism. She is a board of director for the American Men's Studies Association and former executive member for the BCSA. She is a member of Concordia's Black Studies Collective and Black Caucus coordinator. To learn more about her work go to: www.jamilahds.com
Cloé Gratton is a PhD candidate in cognitive psychology at the Université du Québec à Montréal. Her research explores cognitive biases, and specifically the ways people maintain beliefs in the face of contrary evidence. Her goal is to identify factors that maintain beliefs in false information, as well as ways to correct such belief systems. Her work has several applications in the domains of public policy, social networks, education, science and media literacy, and political science. She has published three peer-reviewed articles as a graduate student with a fourth publication forthcoming in June 2021.
Cloé has been involved in multiple initiatives during her graduate studies. She was a member of Fillosophie, a group aiming at promoting the research of women philosophers in a field where they are largely underrepresented. She has also been a key leader in the Comité de l’équité et du climat at UQAM’s philosophy department, promoting inclusivity, equity and better practices to foster a good learning environment. She has also organized more than 30 research conferences on topics such as philosophy, inclusivity, diversity, psychology, and identities. As an elected representative, Cloé served as Vice-President of the Philosophy Graduate Students Association, as a member of the Philosophy Graduate Program Committee, as an External Affairs representative on the Sciences 101 board. She also co-founded Shortcuts, an online encyclopedia focusing on cognitive biases and their impacts on social issues. Cloé has also been a volunteer in her community, helping organize food deliveries to low-income families.
Cloé has received several awards, including a Canada Graduate Scholarship (NSERC), a Quebec Graduate Scholarship (FRQSC), and sixteen excellence grants from UQAM. She has also been awarded the Human Sciences Faculty Personality award, the Forces Avenir award, and was on the Dean’s list of merit.
Cloé is humbled to be receiving the Senior Women Academic Administrators of Canada Graduate Award of Merit. Being one of the few Canadian women chosen for this award has been incredibly empowering and will encourage her to continue being a leader in her community. Emilie Parent is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Physics at McGill University and member of the McGill Space Institute. Her research centres on observations of neutron stars: the stellar remnants left behind when massive stars die in a supernova. These stellar corpses are the densest and most magnetized objects observed in the Universe, and serve as extraordinary cosmic laboratories. She uses some of the most sensitive radio telescopes in the world to search for new neutron stars in the Milky Way and study their properties. She has published three articles as first author in peer-reviewed journals and participated in many international conferences.
During her graduate studies, she was appointed as student representative on the committee of two research associations: the McGill Space Institute, an interdisciplinary research center at McGill U., and the Centre de Recherche en Astrophysique du Québec, a consortium of astronomers across the province. Passionate about science outreach, Emilie launched Astronomy on Tap (AoT) in Montreal in 2017, which are space-themed, educational and interactive events held in local pubs. She also gave a public lecture series on gender diversity in STEM and astronomy-related topics within the Upop Montreal Popular Education Program. Towards her goal of inspiring the future generation of astrophysicists, she has engaged with more than 200 students across the province through cybermentoring. She has received several awards for her achievements including a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. Emilie is deeply appreciative and honoured to be receiving the 2021 SWAAC Graduate Student of Merit Award.