After completing a BA in Sociology at McMaster University and a Masters degree in Social Justice and Equity Studies at Brock University, Julie went on to complete a SSHRC-funded PhD in Sociology at Queen’s University. Since this time, Julie has worked in a variety of capacities within the post-secondary educational sector, all of which dovetail this most recent appointment as Projects Facilitator for the Social Justice and Research Institute. For examples, Julie has: taught courses on the theoretical and practical aspects of applied social scientific research; worked as an Educational Developer (with a focus on supporting faculty as they develop their Scholarship of Teaching and Learning agendas and related award applications); and worked as a research assistant on a project supported by SSHRC’s College-Community Social Innovation Fund (with a focus on mobilizing knowledge about place-based solutions to food insecurity). On a more volunteer basis, Julie is a book review co-editor of Studies in Social Justice and a member of a growing network of community members collaborating to develop a range of educational materials to support poverty elimination in Halton (Julie’s birthplace).
Kathleen has extensive experience in administrative leadership within an academic context. Kathleen brings a unique work history which includes administrative support for the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs where she assisted the Innovation and Knowledge Management team. She has been a part of the Community and Social Services department at the City of Guelph where she aided city patrons by providing knowledge regarding programs and city services. In her preceding role with the University of Guelph, she supported the Biomedical Sciences and Clinical Studies departments as their Financial Clerk. Kathleen’s responsibilities at the Social Justice Research Institute include managing the Social Justice Research Institute’s grant program, finances, and the general administration of the Institute. Kathleen has over 20 years of financial, management, and organizational experience in the private and public sectors.