Vanessa Padilla is a first year public policy student here at Munk, as well as First Year Advisor for MPPSA. My policy interests are focused on gender issues and gender based violence.
Vira is a first year Master of Public Policy student at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. She holds a Bachelor of Economics from the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. This winter, she was the European Solidarity Corps volunteer in Adana, Turkey. Additionally, Vira was a member of Amnesty International branch at Kyiv-Mohyla Academy during her undergraduate studies. Vira is passionate about corporate social responsibility, sustainable development and human rights activism. Vira is fluent in Ukrainian and English, can also communicate in German, she enjoys hiking and cycling.
Manya is a first year student at the Munk School, where she is pursuing her masters in Public Policy. Manya graduated with her Honors Bachelors of Arts in Women and Gender Studies, June 2023, from the University of Toronto. During her undergraduate studies, Manya worked as a research assistant for the Criminology department, where she researched the racialization of policing in North America, and most recently with the Equity Studies department as an Editor for the KNOTS Journal of Disability studies. Manya is extremely interested in social justice, women's rights, and policy change that will influence positive change for marginalized communities in Canada and globally. Most importantly, Manya is most passionate about tackling gender based violence and has some experience working in the SRHR (sexual health and reproductive rights) department and with a undergraduate grassroots initiative the PEARS project, which provides resources and supports to victims of sexual harassment.
Keyi Liu, is a second-year MPP student at Munk School. She completed an undergraduate degree in finance from Nanjing
Audit University in China. Previously she worked as a research assistant in the environmental economics group in NAU. She is interested in indigenous policies, urban policies and social policies of disabilities and education. She is a warm-hearted, passionate and responsible person. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, photography and swimming. She looks forward to share her stories and help enhance equity, diversity and inclusion events and workshops, building an equitable and respectful environment for our society.
Laura Hochheim Thomé, originally from Brazil, is a first-year Master of Global Affairs student at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. Her areas of interest rely on human rights protection and international development, mainly on gender, forced migration, and refugees. Laura's overarching ambition, both on a personal and professional level, is to actively become an agent of change. She aspires to work toward the human rights protection of migrant and refugee women, with a particular emphasis on Latin America, by actively contributing to the formulation of policies that truly embody inclusivity and equity.
Casey Danielle Bas is a first year Master of Public Policy candidate at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Global Health with a Specialization in Health Policy, Management, and Systems from York University. She is currently the Sponsorship Assistant for Pride Toronto and the Community Engagement Manager for Apply Yourself: The Advancement Spot. From May 2021-August 2023, Casey was a Research Assistant with the Indigenous Environmental Justice Project, based in Osgoode Hall Law School, where she engaged in Indigenous-led research, writing, and community-based education initiatives. She was also the Volunteer Curator for Pride Toronto and supported the recruitment, training, and management of over four hundred Pride Festival 2023 volunteers. Casey’s passions include health equity, health policy, Indigenous environmental and climate justice, and legal literacy. She enjoys reading, writing, illustrating, learning new languages, and spending time with her family and friends.
Crystal is a dedicated MGA1 Equity Analyst with a profound commitment to advocating for equity, diversity, and inclusion through the development and implementation of various inclusive forms of policy including inclusive accessibility policies, climate policy, and policies focusing on intersectionality. Her journey working within the non-profit sector has equipped her with a deep understanding of intersectionality concerns, where she has witnessed firsthand the complex challenges faced by individuals at the intersections of multiple identities.
As an Equity Analyst, Crystal seeks to bridge the gap between her experiences in the non-profit sector and her dedication to influencing policy changes that reflect a staunch commitment to social change. Her goals in this position include not merely acknowledging but actively addressing the systemic disparities faced by marginalized populations, fostering an inclusive, just, and equitable society for all.
Urszula is a first year Master of Public Policy candidate at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. She graduated from McMaster University in 2022 with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Integrated Science. Urszula is passionate about social justice and its policy influences, always using an equity lens in her analysis.
Grace is a first year student at the Munk School, pursuing a Master of Public Policy. With a special interest in the intersection of accessibility and equity, especially in this progressive society, she hopes to make real life contributions and provide assistance in any way possible.
Anuva is passionate about advocating for marginalized people and encouraging an equitable and inclusive society. She aspires to make meaningful contributions to her local and global communities by creating innovative, tangible, and equitable policy solutions to face societal challenges. She is excited to be one of the Equity Analysts for EDPP this year and can’t wait to help plan great events for members of the Munk community!
Kaelynn is currently a First Year Candidate at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. She holds a Bachelor's of Arts Honours from Queen's University with a major in History, minor in Global Development and a certificate in Sexual and Gender Diversity. She also holds an Advanced Certificate in Public Administration and Governance from Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson). Her areas of interest are accessibility and Disability rights, LGBTQ+ issues, and the balance of power between the State and minority groups. Kaelynn grew up in Hamilton,ON and in her spare time, she enjoys going for hikes with her goldendoodle, baking, and reading.