Mehdia Hassan (she/her) is a doctoral student in the Department of Social Justice Education at University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). Her research interests include youth education, mental wellness, migration, and arts-based research methods; she is also interested in how the visual arts can open pedagogical possibilities and catalyze social action in various communities. Mehdia completed her MA in Social Justice Studies from Lakehead University and an Honours BSc in Health Studies and Psychology from the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC). Mehdia is also a visual artist and youth arts educator in her Toronto neighbourhood of St. James Town, where she co-leads and facilitates visual arts programming for youth, since 2014. Her master’s research project (https://galleries.lakeheadu.ca/graduate-research.html) with St. James Town youth was inspired by her ongoing community-engaged work. Mehdia’s mixed media artwork titled “Beyond Borders and Hyphens: The Journeys of Migration” is featured in University of Toronto’s Research Revealed exhibition.
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