There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle, because we do not live single-issue lives. - Audre Lorde
SEDE's Equity Educational Advisor team consists of three amazing educators, each of whom have their own areas of expertise and special interests when it comes to pursuing equity in their work and lives.
Learn a little bit more about them below in order to get an idea of who you might want to contact should you be looking for special advising or consultations for your department, office, or student group.
Meryem Benslimane - Equity Educational Advisor in 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.
Being a Moroccan-Canadian, woman, migrant herself, 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.
Janelle Kasperski - Equity Educational Advisor in Indigenous education
Janelle Kasperski is a Nisga’a woman from Laxgalts’ap (pronounced: lah-gal-tsap)/Greenville, B.C. Her educational background is in criminology and First Nations studies from Simon Fraser University(SFU). She was a board member of the First Nations Student Association and an active voice within the SFU community. She has worked on university wide steering committees, networked with senior administrators and contributed her voice to and planning of Aboriginal initiatives on campus. She has many years of work experience in various levels of Aboriginal run non-profit organizations, large corporations and event planning.
Janelle has always had a passion for cultural empowerment and building bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities through education and capacity building.
Shanice Yarde - Equity Educational Advisor in Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity
Shanice Yarde is a Black feminist educator, facilitator, and writer. Since moving to Montreal/Tio'tia:ke in 2009, Shanice has invested herself in her local community and has spent significant time building relationships with organizations and individuals, doing education work and providing support. She started working at SEDE in 2016 and came to McGill excited to make an impact. Shanice is passionate about building community and strives to create shared learning spaces where everyone can make impactful social change.
She is especially interested in exploring and facilitating education on the following topics: anti-racism, anti-oppression, feminism, sexual health, consent and rape culture, and mental health and wellness.