Who is Elaine?

Attributes and Skills Connection: Recognised as a community builder who is respected for working toward addressing systemic inequality and inequity to remove barriers to access and participation in society. Believes strongly working together to meet the needs of their communities.Communication: An excellent communicator, presenter and collaborator who engages effectively and comfortably with diverse stakeholders. Creates…

String it Together learning series

The Shoestring Initiative hosts monthly free String it Together: Finding togetherness in community on the education digi-scape webinars focused on social class on how classism shapes experiences in and understandings of higher education in Canada and around the world. The Shoestring Initiative is a grassroots solidarity movement to create communities of mentorship, belonging, support and…

Neoliberalism’s Defeat of Democracy

http://criticalinquiry.uchicago.edu/neoliberalisms_defeat_of_democracy/   Neoliberalism’s Defeat of Democracy Wendy Brown. Undoing the Demos: Neoliberalism’s Stealth Revolution. New York, Zone Books, 2015. 296pp. $29.95, hardcover. Reviewed by Jodi Dean In 1989, Francis Fukuyama famously announced the end of history. The great ideological struggles characteristic not only of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries but of history as such had…

The Caboose

January 8, 2018 Epistemology: the root word clangs, clacks, and bangs against the suffix like the strain of a train’s caboose against the rusty cars it follows. The caboose is long forgotten, perhaps unknown; yet, childhood images deeply shapes my tension-filled understandings of knowledge. With the blistering prairie sun raining down on my white skeletal…

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

“The wind of poverty blows like a cyclone with a heavy tide of hardship, melancholy, acrimony and socio-political anarchism sweeping violently along its pathway. This tide makes the pathway difficult to travel, overcome and manoeuvre. Several policy actors and researchers have made attempts to proffer determined solutions to this tenuous situation has however defy most…

New research project: “Pushing Privileged Pillars: A narrative study of university leaders’ beliefs about poverty-class students and poverty”

This doctoral research will explore university leaders’ (professors, advisors, administrators, alumni) perceptions of post-secondary students who grew up in persistent childhood poverty. Canadian higher education equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) leaders are grappling with diversity. Part of the difficulty lies with understanding leaders’ lay beliefs about poverty-class students—an under-researched area. Theoretically, those in academia understand…

EDI-based research project proposal

Pushing privileged pillars: A narrative study of university leaders’ beliefs about poverty-class students Context and Importance: This doctoral research will explore university leaders’ (professors, advisors, administrators, alumni) perceptions of post-secondary students who grew up in persistent childhood poverty. Canadian higher education equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) leaders are grappling with diversity. Part of the difficulty…