08. March 2018 - 12:00 till 14:00
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LeadHERship | Hart House | Thursday, 08. March 2018

What does leadership for women look like in 2018?

Tackle this question at our 2018 event “Women in Leadership: A Thriving Community” where we will be exploring community-building, allyship and support.

Our engaging panelists and facilitators will share their experiences to help build your knowledge and development in these areas. Learn how to nurture equitable and inclusive environments through engaging stories and conversation and emerge feeling energized and revitalized.

✦ Panelists ✦
Dani Magsumbol is currently in the second year of the MSc in Planning Program at the University of Toronto's Department of Planning and Geography. Her work is guided by her mission to work with and give back to the Filipino community. Her research is centred on the ways in which female temporary foreign workers, specifically Filipino live-in caregivers, define and experience safety within urban settings. Dani is currently a Capacity Builder at Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts and Culture, a Filipino charity and non-profit that employs a led-by-youth-for-the-youth framework in their leadership and programming, an organisation with whom she has been involved in various capacities since 2014.

Dr. Mary Reid is an Assistant Professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Her work inspires change by combating gender inequities in math achievement. Women are vastly under-represented in STEM fields and Mary’s research reveals that this problem begins at a very early age. Despite no differences in math performance between males and females, girls feel more anxious about math and have lower confidence in their math abilities compared to boys. Mary critically examines factors contributing to the math gender imbalance, such as a lack of female role models, math anxiety, implicit bias, stereotype threat, and work-family issues.

Rupaleem Bhuyan is an Associate Professor in the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto. As a university-based researcher, educator, and immigrant of Assamese origin, Dr. Bhuyan embraces principles of “engaged scholarship” (also known as public scholarship) by positioning research as a conduit for practitioners’ and community knowledge. Her research, teaching and service stem from a life-long commitment to address gender-based violence in immigrant and refugee communities through advocacy, participatory action research, and engaged scholarship. Towards better understanding the social risks for violence among immigrants, Dr. Bhuyan’s research and advocacy focuss on the social rights[1] of people who—because they are not granted citizenship or legal permanent residency—are excluded from social citizenship envisioned within liberal democratic states.

Since 2010, Dr. Bhuyan has led the Migrant Mothers Project (MMP), which is a feminist collaborative research project at the University of Toronto that works in partnership with a network of service providers, legal advocates, community health workers, and grassroots women. The MMP has conducted several qualitative and policy studies to understand how immigration policies impact the safety and rights of immigrant women who have a precarious immigration status. You can read more about the MMP at or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

[1] Social rights within the realm of social citizenship may include the right to education, housing, old age insurance, health care, and a minimum standard of living; these are notably more constrained than social rights envisioned under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

✦ Social Hour in Partnership with the UTSU Women's Commission ✦
After partaking in LeadHERship's 2018 discussion exploring community-building, allyship and support, continue to embrace the theme of "Women in Leadership: A Thriving Community" by attending the social hour.

The UTSU Women's Commission and Leadership at Student Life have teamed up to bring student leaders, staff, facilitators and panelists to network after the main LeadHERship event on International Women's Day.

This is event is free and does not require sign up. Attendees are encourage to partake in the preceding event, but this is not required! Everyone is welcome.

Refreshments and snacks will be provided. This event will take place in the East Common Room.

✦ Registration ✦
Registration for the 2018 LeadHERship event is now open!

Questions? Email us at leadership@utoronto.ca

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