Bold. Inspired. Visionary. It takes a true leader to inspire positive change in the world, and these are just some of the traits that define the successful York University alumni, driven to make a meaningful difference in their communities. At home and abroad, graduates of York University are not only entering the workforce prepared to […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
When it came time for entrepreneur Giancarlo Sessa (BBA ’19) to choose a university, it was a no-brainer. With a passion for entrepreneurship, he “heard great things” about York and its welcoming and friendly students, which made it easy to choose the Schulich School of Business.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
Miranda Baksh (BES '17, MES '19) is an environmental educator, public speaker, and climate action catalyst. She is Chief Executive Officer of The Community Climate Council, which she co-founded. She obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Environmental Studies where she researched the intersections between biodiversity conservation and digital science communication.