Subcommittee Members


Member Representing Western Canada (2017 – 2019)

AdkinsJennifer Adkins, University of British Columbia

Sociology, PhD. Student
BA at the University of Alberta, MA at the University of Calgary
Race and Ethnicity Research Cluster Chair

Serving as an ombudsperson for the National Energy Board, I provided direction and guidance to employees with workplace concerns before they entered into the formal complaint processes. At the end of each year I presented recommendations to the organization to contribute to creating a respectful work environment. At Nova Chemicals and the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, I examined, revised, and produced new organizational policies to ensure equitable treatment for employees. I also had the privilege of sitting on a hiring committee at the University of British Columbia. I would be thrilled to put my competencies and skill-development gained during my years in industry and while studying at UBC to work in the position as a Student Concerns Subcommittee Representative. I appreciate the way the CSA encourages the involvement of students and would strongly support the continuation of student professional development which addresses our current concerns.

Member Representing Eastern Canada (2018 – 2020)

ek_candidatephotoEmma Kay, Dalhousie University

Sociology and Social Anthropology, PhD Student
BA, Mount Saint Vincent University (2016), MA, Dalhousie University (2017)

My goal in running for the Eastern Representative Position on Student Concerns Subcommittee was to create a space in the CSA where students feel their needs and interests are being addressed. It is also my goal to help build a stronger relationship between Atlantic Canadian students and other students across the country as well as between students and professors and non-academic mentors in the organization. I intend to develop programming that promotes research and mentoring opportunities for students and to increase the presence of student concerns in the organization’s conference programming website, E-Bulletin and workshops offered at the annual conferences. I look forward to representing the interests of Atlantic Canadian and all sociology students in the years to come.

My research concentrates on the state and social movements. It looks at funding of women’s organization across Canada and looks at how women’s groups navigate changing political contexts. It is my hope to draw on my research experience to help advance student concerns in the CSA.

Member Representing Central Canada (2018-2020)

image001 copyAwish Aslam, University of Western Ontario

Sociology, PhD. Student
BA and MA at the University of Western Ontario

I ran for the position of Central Representative for the Student Concerns Subcommittee because I have a desire to help enhance the experiences of the over 500 student members of the Canadian Sociological Association. As a student member of the CSA, I have benefited from the efforts of this subcommittee myself and I would like to contribute to the ongoing work of this active group of students. I believe that students have much to offer the CSA, and through this position I would aim to foster support for broader student engagement by communicating the diverse needs and interests of student members to the CSA executive to ultimately develop practical avenues for involvement. In order to ensure that the Subcommittee’s mandate is met, it is important to not only continue with their existing programming, but to also build on these efforts by developing new initiatives that will meet the dynamic needs of Canadian sociology students. I am eager to collaborate with other members to further explore these needs, propose initiatives to address said gaps, and work to put these plans into action. In my own department, I have been involved with several student organizations through which I have had the opportunity to develop various skills that will allow me to make a positive contribution to the Student Concerns Subcommittee. This includes communicating with and balancing the multiple perspectives of different groups when making decisions, as well as planning/organizing events, such as graduate student conferences. I am very enthusiastic about becoming more involved with the CSA, and given my skills and interests, and greatly appreciate the opportunity to serve on the Student Concerns Subcommittee.

Past Subcommittee Chairs

  • Timothy Kang (Central Student Rep, University of Toronto) 2017-2018
  • Rebeccah Nelems (Western Student Rep, University of Victoria) 2016-2017
  • Louise Birdsell-Bauer (Central Student Rep, University of Toronto) 2015 – 2016
  • Katie MacDonald (Western Student Rep, University of Alberta) 2013 – 2015
  • Jamie Baker (Eastern Student Rep, Memorial University) 2010 – 2013
  • Stella Park (Central Student Rep, University of Toronto) 2007 – 2010
  • Kelly Greenfield (Eastern Student Rep, Memorial University)