The Shoestring Initiative

Advancing socioeconomic diversity in Canadian universities

Pushing Privileged Pillars

In 2017, Elaine received her MA in sociology from the University of Alberta. She conducted a nine-month narrative inquiry into how growing up in persistent childhood poverty shapes undergraduate students’ experiences. Her doctoral research builds upon her MA through an investigation into how civic engagement may shape EDI policies, practices, and pedagogies in Canadian neoliberal universities. A goal is to contribute to social innovation models to advance socioeconomic diversity in Canadian higher education institutions. Given her focus on the sociology of higher education, Elaine is knowledgeable about the complexities that shape Canadian universities and its diverse student populations.

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