DR. JEFFREY ANSLOOS – Principle Researcher  (@jeffreyansloos)

15317765_10209596532448883_6417139278718776604_nJeffrey Ansloos is an educator, researcher, and policy advisor in the areas of youth violence prevention, migration, mental health, and Indigenous and human rights. Jeffrey is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Human and Social Development at University of Victoria. He teaches, researches, and supervises students in the School of Child and Youth Care. Jeffrey has worked in the human service sector for over a decade, and draws on interdisciplinary research and practice experience. He has worked as a youth worker, community organizer, non-profit manager, psychologist, and international development program leader. Jeffrey is a graduate of University of Manitoba, Fuller Graduate Schools, and Trinity Western University, holding a BA in Counseling, MA in Refugee Mental Health, MA in Theology and Ethics, and PhD in Clinical Psychology. Jeffrey is also a registered psychologist with the College of Psychologists of BC, a fellow of the Centre for Youth and Society and the UNAOC.

MARISSA GUTIERREZ-VICARIO – Arts Education Advisor (@ARTEJustice)

1e81fc_71b497a9f4d24287b56b47f9a2dd8c43-jpg_srz_350_414_85_22_0-50_1-20_0-00_jpg_srzMarissa Gutierrez-Vicario is an educator and community activist engaged in human rights work both within the United States and abroad. This work includes having: investigated human rights abuses and worked on a documentary film in Mexico, conducted human rights research in India, and volunteered for a women’s rights nonprofit in Guatemala. Within the United States, she has planned and organized service-learning trips for youth and young adults, coordinated events for and with youth, and worked with community organizers to address violations of human rights. She also currently serves as a Program Leader for the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee College of Social Justice. Through her work with Art and Resistance Through Education (ARTE), as Executive Director, Marissa works to engage young people in human rights education through art, design, and technology. As a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Marissa has a MEd focusing on the Arts in Education. She has also received a MPA, focusing on Non-Profit Management and Public Policy from New York University and a BA in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Southern California.

ZED KAHALE  – Communications + Social Enterprise + MENA Regional Advisor

10423929_10155759660605585_5592191429966704789_nZed Kahale is a creative communications and social enterprise leader engaged with youth leadership, politics, community development and human rights work. Zed Kahale is a graduate of both the University of Victoria, School of Business and the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford in the UK.  He has led teams in the technology, media, and communications industries in Canada, Europe and the MENA region. Zed is passionate about helping to connect youth around the world through social entrepreneurship. He challenges us to think about the ways that youth can thrive and change their community through the use of innovative technologies and social media.  Zed helps us to collaborate with our partners on youth led violence prevention projects throughout the MENA region. When Zed is not busy developing communications strategies or advising tech industry leaders on ways to make a greater community impact, you can find him somewhere in the courtroom of your next Netflix binge of Suits.

MICHAEL MONTESS  – Youth Sexual Health + Human Rights Researcher

YOUTH+PEACE - Photo.jpgMichael Montess is an educator and researcher in the areas of applied ethics, bioethics and human rights. Michael is currently working on his PhD in Philosophy at York University and his focus is on the ethics of PrEP for HIV prevention for men who have sex with men (MSM) among other LGBT social issues. He endeavors to apply philosophy to social issues in order to make a difference in the world, especially for youth. He has worked as a youth worker, youth disability support worker, youth wilderness worker and youth program coordinator. Michael also has experience as a board member of the Manitoba Association for Rights and Liberties. Michael has his Masters in Philosophy from Western University and a BA in Philosophy from University of Manitoba.

SARAH LUNDY – Undergraduate Student Research Assistant

SarahPhoto.jpgSarah Lundy is an undergraduate research assistant and community-involved volunteer in the area of mental health. Her diverse experience includes work in the service industry, hospice care, and providing assistance to people living with cancer. While working toward her BA at the University of Ottawa, Sarah was a part of the House of Commons Page Program, which gave her the opportunity to spend a year working for the Parliament of Canada and learning more about the country’s legislative process. Outside of work and academics, Sarah is passionate about travel, and has visited many countries in Western and Central Europe, as well as Sri Lanka, where she spent time volunteering at an orphanage and a daycare centre. Sarah plans to apply to graduate school in the hopes of studying clinical psychology. Her major interests include grief and bereavement, mindfulness-based interventions, and youth and mental health. Currently, Sarah is engaged in ongoing studies of psychology at UVic and is a research assistant on the Indigenous Youth Violence Prevention Project.