|Co-founder and Director of HRPGP
Dr. Ubale is an economist and a Senior Fellow at McLaughlin College, York University. He studied development economics at the St. Andrews University (Scotland) Leeds and Bradford. He holds a Ph.D. degree from the Project Planning Centre for Developing Counties, University of Bradford (U.K.)in 1975.
He wrote his PhD thesis on: "The Role of the Electronics Industry in Economic Development" dealing with Science and Technology based economy and Globalization.
His continuing mission in life has been to bring politicians, academics and grassroots workers together to influence public policy to eradicate poverty. During his career, he has been an academic, an author, a public speaker, a communicator, an organizer, an administrator, a management consultant, a political advisor, a holder of public office, a community worker and an operator at the grass-roots level.
He was Ontario's First Race Relations Commissioner, and has been a Commissioner on both the Ontario and Canadian Human Rights Commissions. His reports and recommendations have led the Government of Ontario to take revolutionary steps in creating the legislative and administrative framework to create better racial harmony in Ontario and in Canada.
While holding public positions at the provincial, national and international levels, Dr. Ubale developed an integrated approach to human rights, race relations and multiculturalism. Dr. Ubale has been named to the Order of Ontario, and has received Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth's Golden Jubilee Medal.
Lorraine administers the Research at York (RAY) program at McLaughlin College. She is also responsible for organizing seminars, conferences and other events for HRPGP.
In addition, she liaises on behalf of the HRPGP within York University, government ministries and agencies, international multilateral institutions, political business leaders, various NGOs and community groups. She is member of the staff at McLaughlin College (Masters Office).
Adriane is a research assistant who aims to explore the factors which cause poverty and inequality across the globe and to discover means to how these areas can be addressed. In collaboration with her colleagues, Adriane is planning HRPGP's spring conference which will address, primarily, the effects that education has on poverty for women and children living in rural regions of the world. Being her first significant project, Adriane intends to increase her knowledge on the methods on how to eradicate poverty and to become a powerful advocate for human rights.
Researcher and Project Manager
Virgil is been responsible for the supervision and planning of research and community action projects in the areas of food security, poverty eradication, the well-being of senior citizens in the broader community, and student financial burdens. He supervises and shares work with the research staff to prepare gantt charts, year plans, develop project grant proposals, and conduct in depth academic research as well as quantitative studies for various topics relating to poverty eradication and human rights. Our research is action-based in nature and so Virgil works to bridge the process from discovery - to planning - to actions that make a difference.
Breeann is a fourth year Communications and International Development Studies student at York University. She is interested in creating awareness on local and global social justice issues through various streams of media and communications. Currently Breeann is working with HRPGP to develop the organization's on-campus presence as well as updating HRPGP's media representation tools. She believes that development's utilization of new social media can be a transformative way to raise levels of awareness and engagement in the hopes of addressing poverty locally and globally.
Robin's work with HRPGP began with the creation of Food Rescue Action! which is the result of a year of careful research and project design. She further collaborated with the HRPGP team to plan and execute the initiative's first food rescue trip in fall of 2011. To ensure the project's sustainability Robin has been central to the evaluation of the project's success and the creation of supporting documents to encourage the creation of food security initiatives at other universities. Robin's work currently involves supporting the team in planning our spring conference, ensuring our online profile is up to date and carrying out practically applicable academic research.
|Horia Tabatabaei Soltani
As a research assistant Horia, along with her colleagues, is responsible for the organization and management of HRPGP's spring conference on the role of education in poverty eradication. The intention of the conference is to engage those working in development, government, non-profit, and the private sector in a constructive dialogue on how education can be used to eradicate poverty across the globe. As well, Horia co-ordinating the creation of a new executive team on the Food Rescue Action! student organization. Along with her colleagues, Horia works to be a catalyst for poverty eradication and promoting equal access and opportunity to tools that facilitate skills development.
|Sandra Vides Martinez
Sandra is a student at York University studying International Development Studies, minoring in Geography and also completing the concurrent Education Program. At HRPGP, her primary responsibilities lie in coordinating and co-planning events such as meetings, information sessions and conferences surrounding using education to eradicate poverty. In addition to coordinating and co-planning she also engages in in depth research to address issues of inequity that exists both locally and abroad to work towards a socially-just society.