Assistant Professor, Gender Studies, Asian University for Women
Dr. Naomi is currently working as Assistant Professor of Gender Studies at Asian University for Women. She has worked for Research and Evaluation division of BRAC. Recently she has been awarded Cornell Climate Online Fellowship and DHS fellowship by USAID. She has presented papers and given speech in different national, regional and international platforms on the issues of women rights, environment, leadership and human rights. Her research interests are gender studies, disablities, religious studies, Non-western voice and epistemology, human rights, and Rohingya women's rights.
Associate Professor of Sociology Tamari Kitossa’s interests include convergences of race, racism and criminalization (e.g., anti-blackness, anti-criminology, prison abolition, racial profiling, sociology of knowledge and interracial unions). Edited with Erica Lawson and Philip S. S. Howard in 2019, Dr. Kitossa released African Canadian Leadership: Continuity, Transition, and Transformation (University of Toronto Press). The collection of original essays offers fresh perspectives and critical examination of African Canadian leadership.
Anusheh Anadil is a Bangladeshi musician, artist, cultural activist, and social entrepreneur.
Zahir Ahmed is a professor of anthropology at Jahangirnagar University in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and a member of the American Anthropological Association’s Border and Security Walls Task Force.
Dr. Joshua Black is a grief dreams researcher, speaker, author, and host of the Grief Dreams Podcast. He has focused all of his MA and PhD research (in psychology) on investigating grief dreams from many types of loss (including prenatal loss and pet loss). The majority of his research on grief dreams has been specifically on dreams of the deceased. Due to the lack of academic research in this field, Joshua has focused his efforts on raising awareness on grief dreams through doing talks, workshops, and interviews. Additionally, he developed a grief dreams website (www.griefdreams.ca), runs several social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @griefdreams), and wrote a children’s book on grief dreams (Dreaming of Owl).
Nadim Iqbal is an acclaimed Bangladeshi filmmaker living in Toronto, Canada. His documentary film Mother Tongue the winner of seven film festivals and holder of 42 international recognitions, including an award from Hollywood. Mother Tongue is a short documentary filmed in Canada in 2016. The film follows a writer/poet who risked his life to save his culture, heritage, and language.
Futures and Social Designer
Jananda holds a master's degree in Strategic Foresight and Innovation from OCAD University. With a background in design, Jananda works in social innovation with marginalized communities through co-design. Her practice also includes exploring possible futures by systemically shifting focus away from entrenched social biases.
Bridget Nicholls is a Doctoral student at the University of Windsor. Her research interests are situated within human-animal studies, governance and sociolegal studies, and multispecies labour. Her doctoral research is examining the outcomes of animal cruelty prosecution cases with a multispecies approach. In addition to her graduate work, she is employed as the project coordinator and a contributing member for the Animal & Interpersonal Abuse Research Group out of the University of Windsor.
Dance Arts and Community Cross Cultural Educator
Heryka Miranda is a dance arts and community cross cultural educator who uses land dance methods and expressive arts therapeutic approaches in her work with vulnerable communities. Her graduate research study at Brock University in the Niagara Region explored the experiences of Mexican and Guatemalan migrant farm workers’ participation in experiential 'dance for relaxation' community art sessions. She also provides sessional instruction in the Faculty of Education and Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at Brock University. Courses she has taught are the Arts in and Across the Curriculum (dance and drama) to second-year Ontario teacher candidates and Dance as Cultural Reflection to undergraduates seeking to become physical education professionals.