My work in academic governance focuses on fostering spaces of knowledge exchange, community collaboration, and advocacy. Through years of current and prior governance appointments, I have engaged in developing curricula, program changes, and constitutional updates. Contributing to my research communities, I remain an active voice: for instance, I serve as an Associate Editor and the Director of Communications for the Electronic Book Review, the core publication of the international Electronic Literature Organization.
Consistently, I have been dedicated to advocacy in academia. In 2012, I was elected President of the Graduate Caucus of ACCUTE (Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English), during which time I used digital methods to mobilize changes for student advocacy and development. For example, I introduced a specific version of the existing graduate survey—a digital collection of historical data in support of national graduate student needs.
As a woman of colour in academia and particularly in the humanities, my work on advocacy seeks to raise awareness on issues of diversity and underrepresentation in the academy. In February 2017, I participated in a tri-university panel in Montréal on racialization, in which my fellow speakers and myself began to theorize what discourses, communities, and spaces can widen inclusion and representation for students and faculty who are BIPOC (black, Indigenous, people of colour). We later co-authored a refereed journal article on this topic, entitled “Navigating Racialized Spaces in Academia.”