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Posts by Leah MacDonald

Kym Sweeny

Hometown: Yarmouth County, NS Major: Law Kym Sweeny has been described as a “badass mom and law student” who advocates for students around issues of gender and sexualized violence. She has been integral to the creation of the DSU Sexual Assault & Harassment Phone Line, as well as the creation of the Student Advocacy Society.…

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Rhiannon Makohoniuk

Hometown: Moncton, NB Major:  B.A. Psychology & Gender and Women’s Studies, B.SW and currently a special undergraduate student Proudest achievement to date: Getting academically dismissed from school, coming back and getting two degrees and frequenting the Dean’s List. Next big thing she wants to achieve: I want to inspire others to be comfortable with themselves and…

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Rachael Delano

Hometown: Mississauga, Ontario Major: Combined Honours in Music + Environment, Sustainability & Society As the weather turns colder, Rachael Delano is already thinking ahead to the ways that she will give back through Kind Krafts, a non-profit organization she created with the intention of inspiring community engagement. Last year, the group made food for Out…

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Caroline Merner

Hometown: Victoria, British Columbia Major: Combined Honours in Environment, Sustainability & Society and International Development Studies with a minor in Spanish For Caroline Merner, activism that surrounds sustainability and climate justice is fundamental to her life. “I think that everyone should have the right to a healthy planet and a healthy environment,” she says. “I think…

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Bintou Kaira

Hometown: Fajara, Gambia Program: Chemical Engineering Bintou Kaira is passionate about community involvement and making an impact wherever she can. As an international student from Gambia, Kaira emphasizes the importance of diversity, inclusiveness and active involvement. “Our priority is school, that’s why we’re all here,” she says. “But you can have a balance of being…

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Caitlin Grogan

Hometown: Quispamsis, New Brunswick Major: Sociology and Social Anthropology with a minor in Applied Ethics Caitlin Grogan is easily recognizable from the #MyDefinition campaign posters hung up around campus, on which she proclaims her passion for activism and lattes, as well as her experience living with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and as a suicide attempt…

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Caitlin Grady and Jasveen Brar

Caitlin Grady Hometown: Gatineau, Quebec Major: Double major Biology and Environment, Sustainability & Society Jasveen Brar Hometown: Medicine Hat, Alberta Major: Biology with a minor in Environment, Sustainability & Society Caitlin Grady and Jasveen Brar’s passion for environmental initiatives and activism stems from their identity as Canadians. “North America is a huge contributor to climate…

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Amina Abawajy

Hometown: Halifax, Nova Scotia Program: International Development & Computer Sciences Amina Abawajy cannot pinpoint a specific moment at which she found herself interested in social justice activism—but she’s sure that she’s always been interested. “I really believe that existence is resistance for a lot of racialized folks, for queer folks, for folks with disabilities—for marginalized…

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Funding cuts to DSU sexual assault phone line leaves survivors without campus support

Dalhousie University is facing backlash from the community following the announcement that the Sexual Assault & Harassment Phone Line will be cut off after Nov. 3. Aimed at Dalhousie and King’s students, the phone line provides anonymous peer-to-peer support for victims of sexual and gender based harassment and violence. The phone line previously established financial…

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