Past Community Engagement Leaders
Program/Research Interests/Hometown: I’m a master’s student in Physiology studying anti-tumour immunity, particularly investigating which pathways are needed for improved immune killing of cancer cells. I’m originally from Toronto, and did my undergraduate degree at Western University, so I’m a newcomer to Montreal and loving this city more every day!
About me: Besides working in the lab, I am also involved in science outreach through my volunteering with Let’s Talk Science at McGill. I have been loving exploring all the neighbourhoods of Montreal so far, especially the amazing cafes in this city. As a new member of the McGill and Montreal community, I have met so many amazing individuals already, and I hope to make many more lasting relationships here. I’m excited to be a GradLife community engagement leaders, and look forward to connecting as many people in the graduate student community as possible, and sharing plenty of my own graduate experience!
Erika De Torres
Hi everyone! I am a 1st? 2nd? Master’s Student in Political Science, concentration in Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies. I have the question marks on my year because I started my program in January, which is not very common at all in the program. I am originally from Vancouver, BC – oftentimes, you might hear me complaining about the snow. My specific interest is in political participation and representation of minority communities through social movements and organizing; particularly with the LGBTQ+ communities in Canada.
Outside of school, I am extremely passionate about community engagement and organizing. I have had the wonderful opportunity to plan small and large scale events in the City and Districts of North Vancouver, as well as in my undergraduate university, Simon Fraser University. I firmly believe in the importance of engaging communities as a way to have healthy and happy cities. I think small scale interventions like modifying space to be more inclusive is a great way to do so, or through planning and coordinating events. I am excited to be one of your community engagement leaders for this year!