Julia Jarvis, 2020-2021
Julia is in her first year of the Master of Arts in Social Justice and Equity Studies. She was born and raised in New Jersey, U.S. and graduated from Connecticut College summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and English. For the last few years, Julia has worked in the sexual/domestic abuse field and is broadly interested in how those in marginalized communities experience abuse. For her SJES project, she will look at the “discursive construction” of sexual violence narratives documented on TikTok to evaluate how this content either retraumatizes or affirms victim-survivors, ultimately determining when and how awareness devolves into normalization and/or romanticization.
Sierra Kiers, 2020-2021
Sierra Kiers is in her first year of the Master of Arts in Social Justice and Equity studies. She has lived in the Niagara region her whole life. She recently completed a Double Honours Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and French Studies and minored in Indigenous studies at Brock University. During her undergrad, she discovered her passion for researching settler colonialism, decolonization, and reconciliation. For her SJES project, she wants to explore the challenges that reconciliation and decolonization activism face. She wants to better understand settlers’ mixed emotional reactions to this type of activism.
Zabrina Downton, 2019-2020
Zabrina is in her first year of the Master of Arts in Social Justice and Equity Studies. She was born in Calgary, AB but spent her childhood in Nova Scotia and went on to get an Honours BA in Anthropology/Sociology and a Certificate in Social Research at Cape Breton University. Zabrina is broadly interested in the politics of marginalization and exclusion. She is also interested in researching the potential for alternative communities and support networks that can assist individuals living with addiction. For her SJES thesis project she will critically examine dominant discourses of addiction recovery in order to challenge our perceptions of what addiction recovery is and to envision alternative pathways through which individuals are able to access it.
Elvia Lopez, 2019-2020
Elvia is in her first year of the Master of Arts in Social Justice and Equity Studies. She was born in Mexico City, Mexico and immigrated to the US as a small child. Once in the US, she settled in Fresno, California and was raised there for a number of years. In addition, Fresno is the location where she attended university and received her BA in Women’s Studies, minor in Criminology, and certificate in Victim Services. For her SJES thesis, she is looking to examine the impact images of labor trafficking have on the dominant discourse on human trafficking, public perception, and immigration policy.