“Children have the right to receive an education that presents the human experience in all its complexities and multiplicities. This includes the ways in which the quest for meaning has expressed itself through the development of religious thought.”
(Sweet, 1997, p 11)
Key words: inclusive, secular, pluralism, religious bullying, religious literacy, dialogue, public school
As a PhD candidate at McGill University’s Department of Integrated Studies in Education, I miss the classroom interaction with my middle school students but I am successfully making gains in my research on religious literacy and religious bullying — bully that occurs based on one’s religious or religiously unaffiliated identity and beliefs.
As a teacher-researcher, I am passionate about the inclusion of all students and focused my Masters research on how teachers can address religion in an inclusive secular public school classroom. My current research aims to support teachers by sharing existing practices on religious literacy in secular settings and support teachers and students through on-line and in-school religious bullying.
- Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network (PREVNet), Emerging Scholar
- Citizenship Education Research Network, Graduate Student Representative
- The Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security, and Safety (TSAS), Junior Affiliate
- Other affiliations include: American Educational Research Association, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Religious Education Association, Comparative & International Education Society of Canada
- Comparative & International Education Society Religion & Education Special Interest Group, Co-Chair
- See Different at the Canadian Council of Diversity & Inclusion, Advisory Committee
- Religion & Education Collaborative, Steering Committee
- Comparative & International Education Society New Scholars Committee, Knowledge Mobilization Sub-committee
- Countering violent religious extremism through education in multicultural Canada (2015-2020), funded by SSHRC Insight Grant, Research Assistant for Dr. Ratna Ghosh
- Educational trajectories of radicalized females in Montreal (2016-2017), funded by TSAS, Research Assistant for Dr. Ratna Ghosh
“Mlima hazipatikani wanadamu wanakutana.”– Swahili proverb
(Mountains never meet, but people do.)
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