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Alumni Spotlight: Iman Mohamed (BA ’14)

Alumni Spotlight: Iman Mohamed (BA ’14)

Iman Mohamed (BA ’14) is a community leader, policy professional and researcher. After graduating from York’s political science program, Iman applied her education to help create positive change and empower vulnerable communities. Why did you choose to study at York? Could you describe how your university’s experience has helped launched what you do now? I […]

Alumni Spotlight: Michelle Jaelin (BFA ’08)

Alumni Spotlight: Michelle Jaelin (BFA ’08)

Michelle Jaelin (BFA ’08) is a TV and media registered dietitian, founder, and content creator at nutritionartist.com. The York alumna discusses her early career as an entrepreneur, and how her years as a student at York helped her bridge her love of the arts with nutrition. Why did you decide to attend York University? I […]

Alumni Spotlight: Ji-Young Kim (IBBA ’10)

Alumni Spotlight: Ji-Young Kim (IBBA ’10)

When Ji-Young Kim (IBBA ’10) was growing up, her father had a profound impact on her. “My dad always said that we should help. That’s always stuck in my mind.” With this sentiment, it comes as no surprise that the York alumna would be where she is today. Ji-Young works in Chad as a partnerships […]

Alumni Spotlight: Rowena Tam (BA ’17)

Alumni Spotlight: Rowena Tam (BA ’17)

Rowena Tam (BA '17) is a settler, artist, researcher, and creative arts therapist currently living and working in Tiohtià:ke/Mooniyaang/Montreal, on unceded Kanien'kehá:ka territory. In 2021, she was named as one of York’s Top 30 Changemakers Under 30. We spoke with Rowena to learn more about her career and her experience living in Montreal. Tell us about […]

Alumni Spotlight: Melina Damian (BES ’17, MES ’19)

Alumni Spotlight: Melina Damian (BES ’17, MES ’19)

Melina Damian (BES ’17, MES ’19) is a committed environmentalist, animal lover and professional dancer. She holds two degrees from York, a bachelor’s and master’s of environmental studies from the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change (formerly the Faculty of Environmental Studies) as well as a diploma in environmental education. Melina has been an animal […]

Alumni Spotlight: Prakash Amarasooriya (BSc '15)

Alumni Spotlight: Prakash Amarasooriya (BSc '15)

York kinesiology graduate, Prakash Amarasooriya (BSC '15), is the manager of scorecard operations at TD Bank, co-host of the Real Talk Roundtable podcast, a published neuroscience researcher, and a financial literacy advocate. His commitment to championing financial literacy for youth stems from personal experience. In 2008, both of his parents lost their jobs in the […]

Alumni Spotlight: Isabella Akaliza (BA ’20)

Alumni Spotlight: Isabella Akaliza (BA ’20)

Isabella Akaliza’s (BA ’20) four years at York inspired and shaped her. The women and girls in her hometown need her. The first mission for this activist is to eliminate period poverty – and at the rate she’s going, she’ll do just that. “I chose to study at York because I wanted to live in […]

Alumni Spotlight: Farzia Khan (BA '17)

Alumni Spotlight: Farzia Khan (BA '17)

As the first female in her family to graduate with a STEM degree, Farzia Khan (BA ’17) is very passionate about giving back to her community and has a commitment to the greater good both locally and internationally. As an award-winning community builder, technologist, and entrepreneur, Farzia studied computer science at York’s Lassonde School of Engineering. After visiting and “absolutely falling in love with the campus,” she was also drawn to Lassonde because of its forward-thinking vision—one she […]

Alumni Spotlight: Christine Edith Dikongué (BA ’14)

Alumni Spotlight: Christine Edith Dikongué (BA ’14)

Christine Edith Dikongué (BA ’14) is a start-up founder, innovation consultant, technocrat, global speaker and board member whose work has created 40 new start-ups in Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana and Kenya. She is also one of the youngest members of the board of directors at the United Nations Association in Canada. And she’s just getting started.