Claudia Mitchell is a James McGill Professor in the Department of Integrated studies with the Faculty of Education at McGill University, and an Honorary Professor in the School of Education at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa, where she established the Centre for Visual Methodologies for Social Change. In September 2015 Dr. Mitchell was recognized as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. She is currently the Director of the Institute of Human Development and Well-Being in the Faculty of Education of McGill University. Her research interests span work in schools with teachers and young people, particularly in the context of gender, HIV and AIDS; studies in Higher Education of mainstreaming issues of gender, HIV and AIDS in South Africa and Ethiopia; girlhood studies, in particular work related to gender-based violence; and participatory visual methodologies and community-based research in health education, housing and agriculture.
Dr. Ciann Wilson, Assistant Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University, focuses on community based interventions, health and HIV/AIDS in African diasporic and Indigenous communities in Canada.
Sarah Flicker is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University. She is engaged in an exciting and innovative program of research that focuses on youth HIV prevention and support, as well as, environmental, sexual and reproductive justice. More broadly, she is interested in community-based participatory methodologies and is active on a variety of research teams that focus on adolescent sexual health with youth in Canada and South Africa. Recently, she has published in the areas of urban health, youth health, HIV, health promotion, ethics, the social determinants of health, and community-based participatory research. Her research has informed policy at the municipal, provincial and federal levels. Sarah and her teams have won a number of prestigious awards for youth engagement in health research.
Sarah Switzer is a local community/health educator, artist, activist, and community-based researcher living in Toronto. She has 9 years of experience in HIV, harm reduction and sexual health with a specific focus on arts and health. Her work has straddled both front-line programming for youth, curriculum development and community-based research. She completed her Master of Arts in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at OISE, University of Toronto with a focus on collage as a methodological and theoretical tool for re-thinking sexuality education. Following the completion of her masters, Sarah spent her days coordinating Empower, a youth-led HIV program at Central Toronto Community Health Centre that uses the arts to train youth to become peer educators in their own communities. Sarah has worked on a variety of interdisciplinary research teams with a focus on community-based research, youth, engagement, HIV, harm reduction and participatory visual methods. She is pursuing doctoral work at York University in the Faculty of Environmental Studies where she critically explores processes of engagement and participation and participatory visual methods in the context of HIV, sexual health and harm reduction work. She is currently a University Without Walls Fellow.
Dr. Larkin received her PhD from the University of Toronto in 1993 and she joined New College as a Lecturer in Equity Studies and Women Studies in 2001. Her research is in the area of youth, sexual health and HIV/AIDS. She has published in, among others, the Canadian Journal of Public Health, the International Journal of Indigenous Health, Gender and Education, and The Journal of Sex Education. Her contributions to teaching and research have been acknowledged by numerous awards over the past decade, including a 3M National Teaching Fellowship in 2013, a President’s Teaching Award in 2011, and the City of Toronto Constance E. Hamilton Award on the Status of Women in 2007. Dr. Larkin was included in the list of Popular Profs at UofT in the annual MacLean’s Guide to Canadian Universities & Colleges from 2001 to 2005.
Alexis “Lexie” Maister is a Master of Public Health Candidate in Community-Oriented Public Health Practice (COPHP). Her Capstone project focuses on building capacity for peer youth workers in Toronto, Canada to conduct participatory/arts-based evaluation and promote community engagement. She is committed to working with community towards anti-racism, social justice, and equity, and looks forward to practicing accountable ways to continue to work with youth.