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Shidan Cummings

  I am a PhD candidate in the field of Chemical Engineering, working with bio-polymers (plastics). Although I am not involved directly with the academic field of development studies, I participate in local service initiatives that mainly work with children and youth on a neighborhood level. My initial involvement with Undercurrent began at the InSight conference in 2009 whereI represented the Baha’i Commun
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Christina McLeod

Christie is a 4th year student at the University of Winnipeg pursuing a double major in International Development and Human Rights and Global Studies. She lived in South Africa for six months before beginning her degree, which ignited her passion for development issues. She returned to South Africa this past summer to complete a field course with the University of Winnipeg. In addition to her regional interest in Afr
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Jess Johansson

Jess is trudging through the writing phase of her Masters of Science in Limnology at the University of Saskatchewan. As a limnologist, she is all about all things “water” and has had the opportunity to participate in many exciting aquatic research projects in watersheds across Canada. It’s easy to see how water quality impacts our daily lives, and so Jess has taken a particular interest in communicating her research
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Vivian Tam

Vivian is a third year student studying in the Arts & Science Program at McMaster University. After eye-opening service learning trips to the Dominican Republic and Peru, she is currently doing research with an NGO, the 53rd Week, to determine whether voluntourism is a best-practice concept. Since learning is her first love, she is as passionate about global politics as she is about biology, and is excited to fur
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Karina Fortier

Karina has been translating for The Undercurrent since May 2013.  She completed her BA from McGill University in 2013, majoring in Political Science with minors in International Developoment Studies and Middle Eastern Languages. She is now taking a nine-month trip to South America and the Middle East, throughout which she is up-keeping a journalistic blog: www.collectingallcultures.blogspot.com Karina travaille en ta
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Ganeya Gajaram

  Ganeya is a 4th year student at the University of Toronto pursuing an Honours Bachelors of Science in International Development with a special interest in Gender, Health, Governance, and Environmental Sciences. She is currently working as a Researcher for VSO Indonesia. She is a passionate individual who is quite outspoken about the causes she holds close to heart and strives to constantly explore new things (
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Faye Williams

Faye is currently working on strategic partnerships for Grand Challenges Canada, while completing her final year of an undergraduate degree in International Development and Globalization at the University of Ottawa. Her previous experience includes a co-op placement with the Canadian International Development Agency, and an internship with Seva Mandir in Udaipur, India. She also teaches boot camp. Faye hopes to pursu
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Chelsea Gray

Chelsea is a 4th year student at the University of Waterloo, working towards a Bachelor of Environmental Studies in the Honours International Development program, with a minor in Peace and Conflict Studies and a diploma in Environmental Assessment. She is currently in Nepal for 8 months to work with Fair Trade Group Nepal as an Environment and Labour Assessment Intern. Her academic interests lie within the fields of
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Leah Bjornson

  Leah has been editing for the Undercurrent since early 2013, when she also became involved with The Peak: Simon Fraser University’s Student Newspaper. Currently, she writes and edits for The Peak as the Associate News Editor. Leah is studying International Studies and Political Science at SFU, and has supplemented her degree with extensive French language studies. Her work culminated in a research projec
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Joshua Patlik

Josh graduated from the University of Toronto Scarborough’s B.A. (Honours) program in International Development Studies and major program in Political Science. He is currently a Juris Doctor candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School. He is a former Associate Editor and Managing Editor with The Undercurrent. Field experience includes stints in Vietnam and Kenya.
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