Community Engagement Leaders
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!