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Alumni Spotlight: Canisia Lubrin (BA ’11)

Alumni Spotlight: Canisia Lubrin (BA ’11)

Canisia Lubrin (BA ’11) is a writer, critic, professor, poet and editor. Since studying creative writing at York, she has published collections of poetry and received recognition for her work. Her first collection Voodoo Hypothesis was named one of 2017's best books in Canadian poetry by CBC Books, who also named Lubrin a Black Canadian […]

Alumni Spotlight: Syreeta Hector (MA ’16)

Alumni Spotlight: Syreeta Hector (MA ’16)

Syreeta Hector (MA ’16) is a highly accomplished dance artist and educator who has worked for several internationally recognized companies. Her work, Black Ballerina, has garnered much attention and praise since its debut and has been nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award and won the Stratford Festival Lab Award for Research and Creation in […]

Alumni Spotlight: Kamika McLean (BA '02)

Alumni Spotlight: Kamika McLean (BA '02)

Kamika McLean (BA ’02) has studied and worked in the United Kingdom and the Caribbean in various legal capacities. Currently, Kamika sits on the executive team of KSS HoldCo. Inc, a private equity company, as General Counsel. She is also a certified Notary Public & Commissioner. What are some of your memories of studying at York?  […]

Alumni Spotlight: Robert R. Small, C.M. (BEd ’14)

Alumni Spotlight: Robert R. Small, C.M. (BEd ’14)

Artist, author, and educator Robert R. Small, C.M. (BEd ’14) is a highly sought-after speaker and workshop leader who gives speeches across Canada and delivers powerful workshops on the importance of Black History. He is the creator of the LEGACY poster which has been a staple seen across Canada in schools, businesses and organizations for […]

Alumni Spotlight: Anika Holder (BA '98)

Alumni Spotlight: Anika Holder (BA '98)

While for many, the topics of equity, diversity, and inclusion have only recently been at the forefront of discussions, for Anika Holder (BA ’98) these principles – creating safe, diverse, and inclusive spaces for all and challenging the norm – have always been a priority. Anika has used these beliefs as a foundation for what […]

Alumni Spotlight: Garrett Seepersad (MSc ’12, PhD ’18)

Alumni Spotlight: Garrett Seepersad (MSc ’12, PhD ’18)

Garrett Seepersad (MSc ’12, PhD ’18), now a research associate at York, hails from Trinidad and Tobago and recalls that his parents always wanted to relocate to Canada. While they stayed in their native country, Garrett still retained a desire to emigrate. After completing his undergraduate degree in Geomatics Engineering at the University of The […]

Alumni Spotlight: Tiffany Richards (BSc ’09)

Alumni Spotlight: Tiffany Richards (BSc ’09)

In 2021 while the COVID-19 vaccine was rolling out across Canada, Dr. Tiffany Richards (BSc ’09) started to notice threads of misinformation about the vaccine all over the internet. As a resident physician in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto , she began spending all her free time online, […]

Alumni Spotlight: Mikhaela Gray-Beerman (BA '14, MEd '18)

Alumni Spotlight: Mikhaela Gray-Beerman (BA '14, MEd '18)

Mikhaela Gray-Beerman (BA '14, MEd '18), one of York’s Top 30 Changemakers Under 30, is an anti-trafficking advocate, researcher, and educator, as well as a non-profit consultant. The work she does is informed by the many inspiring women and girls who have entrusted their stories with her. Human trafficking is one of the fastest-growing crimes […]