Roxanne Ma talks about her student journey at UTSC and how being part of a diverse community helped her to unpack her own identity as a woman of Asian heritage. She shares what it was like growing up in a predominantly white suburb of Ottawa and how coming to a campus community where she was part of the majority as a woman of colour had a significant impact on her understanding of her own identity. Roxanne talks about her experience in the IDS Co-op programme and her time working for an NGO in Malawi, Africa and how those experiences along with studies in Women and Gender Studies radically informed her journey at UTSC. Roxanne shares how involvement in student leadership opportunities, social justice, and gender equity initiatives in Canada and abroad pushed her to reflect on her own racialized identity and positionality.

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Researcher: Sahra Togone, Tahera Sharif
Date: June 9, 2015