Student Subcommittee

Chair and Member Representing Central Canada (2016 – 2018)

tim-kang-bio-picTimothy Kang, University of Toronto

My research centres on developmental and life-course criminology. I strongly believe that Canadian research can and should make important contributions to sociology and criminology and have presented or organized sessions at every meeting of the Canadian Sociological Association since 2012. I believe that much can be done to further encourage and support the research conducted by students in the CSA and look forward to the opportunity to contribute to the Student Concerns Subcommittee.

Member Representing Eastern Canada (2016 – 2018)

gary-catanoGary Catano, Memorial University

My dissertation research examines how national park workers engage with and make sense of protected ecosystems and human-made environments as they master skills, form relationships, and complete everyday tasks. I hold a BA from Rutgers University, and a master’s degree in Sociology from the City College of New York, CUNY. My interest in the Eastern Representative position on the CSA-SCS’s Student Concerns Subcommittee is grounded in the work I performed with Memorial’s newly established Faculty of Arts Graduate Student Council throughout the 2015-16 term. As the departmental representative for sociology, I collaborated with an interdisciplinary cohort of scholars and administrators to collectively build an organization capable of realizing the council’s advocacy goals – working on behalf of the interests, concerns, and struggles of graduate students at Memorial University. My identity as a half-Puerto Rican, working-class queer shapes the leadership roles I take on, and frame how I approach authority, responsibility, and privilege. At Memorial, I learned to embrace my own status as a visible minority to bring forward the voices of vulnerable groups within my university’s graduate student population. As the Eastern Representative on the Student Concerns Subcommittee I can continue that work by amplifying the concerns of students within my region, and by working with the other representatives to form relationships of reciprocity, trust, and action, to effectively address the needs of the CSA’s student 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.

Past Subcommittee Chairs

  • Rebeccah Nelems (Western Student Rep, University of Victoria) 2016-207
  • 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)