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Chair: Member Representing Central Canada (20182021)

Awish Aslam, University of Western Ontario

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

As the Central Representative for the Student Concerns Subcommittee I have worked to identify and better address members’ needs through advocacy and programming.  This included creating a survey to ascertain student concerns, coordinating a strategic communications plan (including more frequent contact via email, updates to our webpage, and the launch of our Twitter account), participating in the development of a mentorship program for Black, Indigenous, and racialized students, planning student-focused events and panels at the annual CSA conference, and establishing a professional development webinar series to provide students with knowledge of and access to career information (within and beyond academia).  I look forward to not only continuing this programming but also building on these efforts to meet the dynamic needs of our members.  Finally, I would like to encourage and create opportunities for wider student engagement with the subcommittee.

Member Representing Western Canada (20192022)

Nicole Malette, University of British Columbia, Department of Sociology

BA and MA (McMaster University), PhD Candidate (current, University of British Columbia)

I am proud to be the Western Representative for the Canadian Sociological Association’s (CSA) Student Concerns Subcommittee (SCS). My role on this committee is supported by a previous experience serving on a number of in-house student committees at UBC, including being the Vice President of Finance, PhD Student Faculty Representative and Hiring Committee Student Representative. I have also been a member of the Canadian Sociological Association since 2013, was the recipient of the Canadian Sociological Association Graduate Student Research Award in 2015 and am a member of the Sociology of Education research cluster. At UBC I chaired the Sociology Undergraduate Mentoring Program for four years and worked with the UBC Sustainability Scholars program to identify areas of needed support around TA wellness at UBC, and built capacity around Teaching Assistant (TA) wellness in departments across the university. My previous academic experiences have lent themselves to my current work for the CSA-SCS. As a member of this committee I have helped facilitate online professional development webinars, served as a student representative for the CSA Mentor Program for Black, Indigenous, and Racialized Graduate students and co-authored the CSA SCS Newsletter. I hope to continue to support student needs by analyzing survey data collected from CSA student members and by creating meaningful programming that reflects your interests.

Member Representing Eastern Canada (20202023)

Rachel McLay, Dalhousie University

PhD Student, Department of Sociology & Social Anthropology

BA, University of King’s College (2013), MA, Dalhousie University (2019)

As the newest member of the Student Concerns Subcommittee, I am interested in helping to build on past efforts to meet students’ needs for networking and academic/professional development opportunities, particularly outside of the annual CSA meeting. Not only is this necessary in 2020, it is essential that programming is accessible to all students in future years as well, and that outreach continues year-round. To facilitate this, I would like to develop the subcommittee’s online and social media presence so that it may better connect students to jobs, travel funding, calls for papers, webinars, and any other opportunities that may be of interest. Right now, due to the crisis caused by COVID-19, many are feeling isolated; students’ already daunting task of building connections with other researchers has only become more difficult. Fostering an ongoing sense of community among Canadian sociologists can help us all to find our way in these confusing times.

Past Subcommittee Chairs

  • Jennifer Adkins (Western Student Rep, University of British Columbia) 2018 – 2019
  • 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)