Our Staff


Veronica Amberg

Associate Director

Veronica is the founding staff member of the SEDE office, developing its mandate and programs starting in 2005. Before that, she worked for 17 years in International Development in the field of Human Rights, in West Africa, across Latin America, and in Quebec. Her expertise is in Women's rights, where she worked in the community sector and in NGO's. She has participated in coordinating the World March of Women Against Poverty and Violence, as well as on the board of an Immigrant Women's Shelter in Quebec. She has also facilitated partnership between Indigenous communities in Latin America and in Northern Quebec, including Mohawk , Cree and Atikamekw Nations in the context of the Continental Network of Indigenous Women. Currently she directs the evolving programs at SEDE and facilitates the continued integration of equity imperatives into all aspects of McGill life and learning.

e-mail: veronica.amberg [at] mcgill.ca

Tel: 514-398-5859

Anurag Dhir

Engaged Learning and Access Coordinator

Anurag brings 15 years of experience in Montreal’s community and non-profit sectors as an organizer, educator, writer and facilitator. Since joining SEDE in 2011, he launched their community engagement branch to help local community organizations develop mutually-beneficial collaborations with McGill students, faculty and staff that address community needs while impacting teaching and learning at McGill, inside and outside the classroom.
 Additionally, he collaborates with McGill and Montreal partners to co-develop access to education and youth mentoring programs that address challenges of equity and opportunity in our education system while complementing the work of educators and families in under-served communities. Exploring community programs within the education system was the focus of his M.A. in Education & Society from the Department of Integrated Studies in Education at McGill University.

e-mail: anurag.dhir [at] mcgill.ca

Jessica Wurster

Family Resources Associate

Jessica has been supporting students at McGill for over a decade as an advisor, instructor, and mentor.  From her experiences as a grad student at McGill and now as staff, she has extensive knowledge of campus resources to direct students to supports and to help build networks on and off campus. She has been a Faculty of Engineering Equity Ambassador and is committed to building an inclusive campus community for all. Her doctoral research in Communications Studies focused on gender and labour issues so she has a keen interest in policies that impact people’s working conditions such as accommodations for family care. She’s excited to become a member of the SEDE team and to support students with family care obligations. She loves quilting, cooking and cats!

e-mail: family.coordinator [at] mcgill.ca

Tel: 514-398-5645

Li Zhou

Administrative Coordinator

Li Zhou is a resourceful professional who holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from McGill University and has over 10 years’ experience in Administration. As the Administrative Coordinator at SEDE, she has been providing efficient and effective support to ensure the smooth operations of the unit by overseeing the Finance, HR and administration infrastructure under the direction of the Associate Director. She’s also involved in diverse projects, supporting the Program Advisors with logistic, financial and communication (internal & external) initiatives.

e-mail: li.zhou [at] mcgill.ca

Tel: (514) 398-2039

Sydney Sheedy

Communications Administrator

Sydney joined SEDE after completing her Master's in Social Anthropology in Budapest, and spending several years volunteering and doing research with community groups across Europe and in Montreal, specifically in the realms of queer and feminist activism, migrant solidarity, and inclusive spiritual spaces. She is particularly interested in what defines the public, and how resources are shared therein. When not at work you can find her writing poetry, interviewing people for radio, and reading tarot. 

e-mail: comms.sede [at] mcgill.ca

Tel: 514-398-5645

Hasan Bilgen

Projects Assistant

e-mail: assistant.sede [at] mcgill.ca

Tel: 514-398-5645

Mayela Lozano

Student Liaison - Experiential Community-Engaged Learning & Research (ExCELR) / Alternative Spring Break (ASB)

e-mail: outreach.sede [at] mcgill.ca

Tel: 514-398-3745

Zainab Fawzul

Program Assistant - SEDE Schools Outreach Programs

e-mail: zainab.fawzulaman [at] mail.mcgill.ca

Tel: 514-398-3745

Rishav Aikat & Kate Turpie

Program co-Coordinators - Homework Zone Afterschool Mentoring Program

e-mail: hz.sede [at] mcgill.ca

Tel: 514-398-3745

Ananya Nair

Family Care Animator - Schools Outreach Programs

e-mail: sede.office [at] gmail.com

Tel: 514-398-3745

Land Acknowledgment

Map of Montreal

McGill University is situated on the traditional territory of the Kanien’keha:ka, a place which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst nations. We recognize and respects the Kanien’keha:ka as the traditional custodians of the lands and waters on which we meet today.* 

Recognizing the history of where you stand is important, and becoming increasingly common practice when hosting events and activities across Canada.

Here are a few tips to remember if you want to make a land acknowledgment before a class presentation, in a written document, or when hosting an event. 


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