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.
Cristina Delgado Vintimilla is an assistant professor in early childhood education at York University. But you could just as easily call her a teaching radical. As the University’s first pedagogista – an Italian word denoting an educational leader with a pronounced pedagogical vision – Vintimilla dismantles the human-centric approach to education that has served as the golden standard since the 19th century, if not longer.
In the media: 'I do little finger stretches sometimes': Toronto man juggles Vaccine Hunters and full-time teaching
Thousands of Canadians are receiving crucial vaccine information thanks to an online group of volunteers.
Jonathan Clodman, 26, is one of four official members behind a grassroots Twitter page called Vaccine Hunters Canada.
"I started my career as an elementary school teacher, and they were some of the most magical years of my life. Teaching for me has become a journey of self-discovery, an encounter with the self. Education is ultimately an endeavour in being more human. It demands of us an ongoing commitment to living and working from our complex and often contradictory parts - the magical parts, the scared parts, the joyful parts, the engaged parts, the ignorant parts and the resistant parts."
Farhad Mordechai Sabeti (BSc ‘08, BEd ‘08, MEd ‘12) always knew he wanted to pursue a career in education. The York University alum is currently the Executive Director at The Bnei Akiva Schools in Toronto. For Sabeti education was always something he felt a passion for, “There was always something for me about school environments […]
Amid the global pandemic of COVID-19, I am reminded of my time in New Orleans in 2005 experiencing Hurricane Katrina. At the time, I was a young diplomat, working in the Panamanian Consulate, thrust into one of the most formative personal and professional experiences I had ever faced.
"When my mom was in elementary school, her best friend went missing. About six years ago, they were reconnected and my mom began to learn her story. At the age of 14, my mom’s friend was trafficked for sex in Ontario, Canada. When I heard her story, I was shocked and heartbroken. I began asking questions and started doing research to better understand the realities of human trafficking. I was compelled to fight this injustice and to find ways to prevent other people from being trafficked.