9:00am – 10:00am (Toronto)
4:00pm – 5:00pm (Dadaab)
Wenona Giles is Professor Emerita and Senior Scholar in the Anthropology Department and Resident Research Associate of the Centre for Refugee Studies, York University, Canada, where she has taught and published in the areas of gender, forced migration, globalization, migration, education, nationalism and war. Her recent co-authored (with Hyndman) is Refugees in Extended Exile: Living on the Edge (2017) and recent co-edited book is (with Bhabha and Mohamed) A Better Future: The Role of Higher Education for Displaced and Marginalised People (2020). Giles co-founded and co-coordinated (with Korac) the International Women in Conflict Zones Research Network (1993–2004) and co-led (with Dippo) the Borderless Higher Education for Refugees (BHER) project (2013–19) in the Dadaab refugee camps, Kenya. Her forthcoming Co-edited (with Miller) book is Borderless Higher Education for Refugees: Lessons from the Dadaab Refugee Camps (September 2021).
Isnina A. Issack is a student at York University who is completing her M.Ed. in Language, Culture and Teaching. Isnina entered York University in 2014 through the Borderless Higher Education for Refugees project (BHER) and pursued a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Geography. Upon graduation, she was admitted to the Master’s in Education program at York. Her coursework included science, technology and society, full inclusion of all students, theory and practice, practitioner research, gender, politics, women and war, and social economy among others. Isnina’s research question is on the impact of academic counseling in the transition of female refugee students to Ifo Secondary School in Dadaab refugee camp: a case study. Currently, she works with Windle International Kenya and the Kenya Equity in Education Project (KEEP) as a teacher.
Abdi Bishar is a graduate student at York University, completing a Masters in Education “Language, Culture and Teaching”, via the BHER Program in Dadaab. His research interests include provision of sustainable quality education, community transformation, developmental issues and teacher education. Over the last ten years, he was teaching in the field of education particularly in primary education, and is currently a a peer-mentor for the BHER program in which his teaching field revolves around full inclusion of all students, education for sustainability, politics of social transformation, education and international developments and multilingualism and multiculturalism. Lastly, he is a willing refugee researcher in the field of inclusion and sustainability.
Don Dippo is a University Professor in the Faculty of Education at York University. His interests include: the social and political organization of knowledge, environmental and sustainability education, global migration and settlement; university/community relations; and teacher education. For the past eight years, he has co-directed the Borderless Higher Education for Refugees (BHER) project (http://www.bher.org ), an initiative designed to bring post-secondary education opportunities to people living in the Dadaab refugee camps in northeastern Kenya. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University and is on the Board of Directors of Success Beyond Limits, a not-for-profit, community-based organization that supports high school age youth in Toronto’s Jane/Finch community.
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