Our Staff

15 SEDE staff pose for a team photo Some of our amazing SEDE staff for th 2017-2018 year.

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; 514-298-5859

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

Carly Breger

Community Partnerships Associate

Carly's role is to increase the quantity and quality of engagement between McGill University (students, staff and faculty) and the Montreal community. After over a decade working in the community sector, she applies her understanding of the mutually-beneficial relationship among volunteers, community organizations, and their participants to build enriching and empowering engagement opportunities for the McGill community.

e-mail: carly.breger [at] mcgill.ca

Shanice Yarde

Equity Educational Advisor (Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity)

Shanice Yarde is a Black feminist educator, facilitator, and writer whose work explores race, mental health, sexuality, oppression, and freedom. Shanice is passionate about building community and strives to create shared learning spaces where everyone can make impactful social change. Outside of McGill, Shanice sits on the Board of Directors at Head & Hands, spends a significant amount of time in the kitchen cooking up storms, and shares her poetry across the city.

e-mail: shanice.yarde [at] mcgill.ca 

Tel: 514-398-2176

Meryem Benslimane

Equity Education Advisor (Gender Equity and LGBTQ+ education)

Meryem Benslimane comes to SEDE after working for many years in academia and with both community (with LGBTQ+ refugees and migrants) and international organizations such as UN Women. Her academic background is in International Studies (Political Science and Law) at University of Montreal. She has a special interest in human rights, more specifically migrants and refugees rights, gender equality, LGBTQ+ rights, equity and social justice, as well as water law. Outside of SEDE, she can be found reading poetry, writing and singing songs and being passionate about soccer. 

Meryem Benslimane arrive à SEDE avec une solide expérience de travail, ayant œuvré plusieurs années dans le secteur académique ainsi qu’au sein d’organisations communautaires (auprès de personnes réfugiées, migrantes et LGBTQ+) et internationales, telles que l’ONU Femmes. Son parcours académique est en relations internationales (science politique) et en droit. Meryem s’intéresse aux droits de la personne, plus spécifiquement aux droits des personnes migrantes et réfugiées, aux droits des femmes et des personnes LGBTQ+, aux questions d’équité et de justice sociale, ainsi qu’au droit de l’eau. En dehors de SEDE, on peut la trouver en train de lire de la poésie, d'écrire et de chanter des chansons et d'être une passionnée de soccer.   

e-mail: meryem.benslimane [at] mcgill.ca

Janelle Kasperski

Equity Educational Advisor (Indigenous Education)

Janelle is from the Nisga’a Nation of Laxgalts’ap, BC. She is a graduate of Simon Fraser University where she worked  on university wide committees, networked with senior administrators and contributed her voice to and planning of Aboriginal initiatives on campus.  She has multiple years of work experience in the various levels of an Aboriginal run non profit organization for women escaping domestic abuse, Helping Spirit Lodge Society. Janelle has always had a passion for cultural empowerment and building bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigneous communities through education and awareness building.

e-mail: janelle.kasperski [at] mcgill.ca

Tel: 514-398-7159

Julia Pingeton

Family Resources Coordinator

Julia Pingeton has been at McGill University since 2012. She studied Psychology and worked in family care issues for undergraduate students specifically during her degree as well as working in peer support roles for other students. She works as the Family Resources Coordinator, aiming to provide resources so that all families at McGill can flourish. She is passionate about dogsmaking soup, and pop music. Contact her to talk about them (and/or family care issues).

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

Tel: 514-398-5645

Eve Parker Finley

Project Coordinator - Café Collab

Eve Parker Finley runs the Cafe Collab: Campus Dialouges project at SEDE.  She is passionate about facilitating conversations and connections, and is always looking for new ways to connect members of the McGill community experiencing issues of isolation and discrimination with people in positions to effect positive changes.  Before coming to SEDE, Eve has been involved in various LGBTQ+ community projects and educational initiatives.  Outside of SEDE, Eve enjoys spending time playing music and eating food with friends and family.  

e-mail: eve.finley [at] mcgill.ca

Tel: 514-398-3711

Toni Tran

Administrative Coordinator

Toni Tran is an MBA holder who has a strong passion for social justice. After years of studying and travelling around the world, she decided to settle down in Montreal in 2016 to work as the Administrative Coordinator at SEDE. She helps the associate director oversee SEDE Finance and HR processes. She also coordinates different Equity and Community Engagement projects and liaises with SEDE partners to ensure these projects are running as smoothly as possible. SEDE is now her second family where she always feels safe and supported. In her spare time, Toni enjoys cooking, listening to Jazz and reading detective fiction books.

e-mail: thi.thanh.tran [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

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