SJES Alumni

Social Sciences - Social Justice and Equity Studies

SJES Alumni

Where Graduates are Now

From Master of Arts to Further Studies
Since the founding of Social Justice and Equity Studies in 2002, about half of our graduates have used the program as a springboard for further studies.

A significant number of graduates (30-40 percent) are admitted to PhD programs. Their chosen fields of study have included Canadian Studies, Communications and Culture, English, Geography, Labour Studies, Refugee Studies, Sociology and Women’s Studies. Another 10-20 percent of graduates have entered professional degree programs after completing their MA.

From Master of Arts to Further Activism, Employment and Careers
The largest fields of employment for our graduates upon leaving the program are the public and non-profit sectors. Approximately twenty percent are now making contributions as consultants, or within government bodies, First Nations agencies, and a variety of nonprofits, including organizations dedicated to public policy analysis, international development, media, literacy, migration, health, violence prevention, and other issues.

Another 15 percent of graduates find work in the university and college sector as consultants, advisors and teachers. The remaining 15 percent enter some type of private sector career, making their marks in ways too varied to summarize.



Alumni Testimonials
“The SJES MA program offered me a small, intimate program where I had an incredible amount of one-on-one support with many of the faculty. This kind of learning environment fostered a strong foundation for developing theoretical, methodological and critical analysis skills, which were all incredibly important through the completion of my doctoral work.”
- Allison Burgess, PhD, Sexual & Gender Diversity Officer at the University of Toronto

“Entering the SJES program was a watershed moment for me. It provided a progressive, interdisciplinary entry point for me into academia after a lengthy career in the arts. What I found was a program that honoured the diversity of students from a wide variety of backgrounds while also challenging all of us to work and think exceptionally hard. The strength of the program for me was in the small class sizes and the dedication and commitment of the faculty to close assessment, mentorship and student development. One is unlikely to find a stronger blend of cohesion and diversity, mentorship and independent study outside the SJES program.”
- Aaron Franks, PhD, Research Associate, The Centre for Environmental Health Equity

“The SJES program at Brock University has in many ways been a stepping-stone to greater heights and realizations both personally and professionally. Most importantly, it was through my interactions with my cohort, indeed, with the entire SJES community, that I begun to be really aware of the situational issues around me. I particularly cannot forget the guidance and mentorship that went on even after graduating from the program. The examples of my professors left lasting legacies of what real social justice scholarship and practice is all about. The contributions of such faculty members made the program what it was for me – remarkably inspiring!”
- Maureen Kihika, Doctoral candidate