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Dr. Deborah Stienstra About Making a Living and Life

On April 9, 2024, Dr. Deborah Stienstra attended The Institute for Work & Health (IWH) Speaker Series to present her research to IWH scientists and staff. This work relayed the experiences of women with disabilities to understand why it’s essential to move past focusing on jobs as the experience of work and health for women with disabilities and instead move towards a livelihoods approach.

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Indigenous and Autistic: Nothing About Us Without Us

April is World Autism Month, which is intended to promote connectedness with and inclusion of autistic people. It was previously known as "Autism Awareness Month," and some organizations still refer to it that way. However, autistic-led organizations and communities have long called for a shift toward "Autism Acceptance" or "Autism Appreciation" to reflect their understanding of autism as a lived experience, not an illness or condition.

Poster of a foggy scene representing an Afghanistan city with a lone person walking through a deserted street with two buildings and utility poles. A black, yellow, and red square are staggered on top of one another, with the words “Escaping the Taliban” inside. The description, “A conversation with an Afghan female judge.”

Escaping the Taliban: A Conversation with an Afghan Female Judge, March 28

The College of Social and Applied Human Sciences is hosting a conversation with an Afghan female judge. Moderated by an Ontario Superior Court Justice, Escaping the Taliban will discuss the impacts that the Taliban’s return to power in Afghanistan has had on female judges. 

This event is being held on Thursday, March 28, from 11:30 am -12:45 pm in Rozanski Hall, Room 103. No registration is required. 


Seeking Graduate Research Assistant for Engendering Disability-Inclusive Development Project

The Live Work Well Research Centre is hiring a part-time Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) from May 1, 2024, to March 31, 2025. The position will provide support for the Engendering Disability-Inclusive Development partnership's knowledge mobilization hub for up to 7 hours a week. The deadline for applications is March 17.

Read more about the position and how to apply at

International Women’s Day Conference, March 8

In honour of International Women’s Day, the Community Engaged Scholarship Institute (CESI) at the University of Guelph is holding its 7th annual virtual conference!  

The purpose of this year’s theme, “Refocus and Recenter," is to highlight and amplify the voices, expertise, and achievements of women, girls, and genderfluid communities in research and beyond, encouraging a re-evaluation of traditional methodologies and urging participants to explore how diverse perspectives reshape our understanding. 

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Environmental Justice through an Intersectional Lens, March 8

For International Women's Day, the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences has invited a panel of scholars and practitioners to discuss the politics of environmental (in)justice.

The panelists include:

  • Dr. Diana Lewis  |  Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Environmental Health Governance (Tier II) and Assistant Professor, Geography, Environment and Geomatics 

  • Dr. Klaire Gain | Assistant Professor, Social Justice & Peace Studies, King’s University College 

Rebel Knowledge Symposium 2024, March 2-3

The Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) is hosting the 2024 Rebel Knowledge Symposium! The topic for this year is food and housing injustice, and aims to explore and contribute to the research on how we can do things better. 

This event is free to attend on March 2-3 from 10 am to 5 pm at the University of Guelph, and will consist of workshops, panel discussions, speakers, an information fair, and more! 

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