“If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.”

– Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman elected to the US Congress

In addition to my scientific interests, I have a longstanding interest in politics, policy and community building. Throughout my undergraduate and graduate careers, I have been involved in various forms of activism to promote equity and diversity.   While during my time at Stony Brook University, I was active in the College Democrats club and volunteered on several political campaigns, it was starting my PhD in 2015 and embarking on my career as a woman in STEM that have alerted me to the importance of policy and advocacy work in empowering underrepresented groups across campus and scientific communities. My current advocacy work is driven by the belief that in order for our community to thrive, we must build each other up. I try to do my part by contributing to preventative, educational and policy-based efforts to ensure that our learning and scientific community is a space that is safe and inclusive for all. Some of the organizations and groups I have had the privilege of working with include: 500 Women Scientists Montreal Pod, Women in Cognitive Science Canada, PGSS Equity and Diversity Committee, SACOMSS Advocacy Branch, McGill University Sexual Violence Policy Working Group as well as the McGill University Ad Hoc Senate Committee on Teaching Staff-Student Intimate Relationship