I have long been invested in collegial service and advocacy, mainly focusing on fostering spaces of knowledge exchange, community collaboration, and advocacy for the underrepresented and the precariat. With over ten previous governance appointments in university departments and professional associations for the digital humanities, media studies, and literary studies, I have regularly engaged in developing curricula, program changes, and constitutional updates.
In 2012, I was elected President of the Graduate Caucus of ACCUTE (Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English), while also serving on both the Executive Committee and the Committee for Professional Concerns. For this position, I introduced several changes for student advocacy and development, including a specific version of the existing graduate survey—-a collection of historical data in support of national graduate student needs.
As a woman of colour in academia and particularly in the humanities, my work on advocacy seeks to raise awareness on issues of diversity and underrepresentation in the academy. In February 2017, I participated in a tri-university roundtable in Montréal called “Navigating Racialization in Academia,” in which my fellow speakers and myself began to theorize what discourses, communities, and spaces can widen inclusion and representation for students and faculty who are POC (people of colour).
Through participation in multiple areas of leadership and service, I have learned about the inner workings of institutional and association organization at an international level. Currently, I am a member of the CSDH-SCHN‘s (Canadian Society for Digital Humanities-Société canadienne des humanités numériques) Program Committee, which develops the Society’s annual meeting at the Canadian Congress (the largest meeting of the humanities and social sciences in Canada).