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
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
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
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
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 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