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Undergraduate Student Fellowships
In collaboration with our divisional partners, we will be awarding undergraduate fellowships each year valued at $5000 each. These fellowships are designed to support undergraduate students working on faculty DH projects.
Summer 2023 Undergraduate Fellows
Simon Reyes Elgueta (he/him), a third-year sociology major, was born in Chile and moved to Toronto at the age of 3. Interested in the immigrant experience, Indigenous studies, culture, craftsmanship, and Latin American studies, he explores the intersection of these areas for non-Indigenous immigrants on Indigenous land. Simon, a visual artist, expresses his identity and sociological learning through drawing and embroidery. By working on the Learning From Dolls project, his goal is to comprehend how traditional Indigenous dolls symbolize the past, present, and future of indigenous communities worldwide, while sharing their profound meaning and stories. Here holds his own Dönxu doll, the same kind that the project focuses on. Supervisors: Dani Kwan-Lafond, Nicole Klenk, and Erin Webster
Brenda Martínez (she/her/hers) is an undergraduate student in the Arts, Culture, and Media department at UTSC. She is deeply interested in promoting diversity within those working in the arts, especially in a theatrical context. She’s currently a CDHI research fellow working increasing the diversity of plays and playwrights represented in the PLEDGE Project, led by Dr. Barry Freeman and Rebecca Burton. Supervisors: Barry Freeman and Rebecca Burton
Farzana Rahman (she/her) is a recent HBA graduate with a Specialist in International Development Studies and Major in Environmental Studies. She is broadly interested in resource and land rights, as well as solidarity-driven approaches to community-based development practice. As part of the QnR team she is excited to learn more about how people of color can be better treaty citizens and create pathways for solidarity for Indigenous place-making and sovereignty. Supervisor: Patricia Landolt
Fall 2022 Undergraduate Fellows
Kai Mall (they/she) is a third-year undergraduate student majoring in Diaspora and Transnational studies and double minoring in Human Geography and GIS. They have a deep passion for issues around displacement, migration and gender in the MENA region. Kai is currently exploring ways to build a personal interdisciplinary approach to connect Diasporic Foodways with the Stateless/displacement issues while using maps as a visualizing tool.
They are currently engaged as the CDHI Undergraduate Research Fellow on the Arab Women’s Writing project, which is the first English digital database on women writers of Arab heritage. Supervisor:Maria Assif
Supervisor: Kirsta Stapelfeldt & Mark Balmforth