Sandra’s focus on systems of oppression that work to marginalize communities is what led her to pursue a degree in development practice. During her time in the MDP program, Sandra extended her focus by applying a multi-paradigm lens and a trans-species approach, exploring the intersectionality and interconnections of oppression.
In the summer of 2018, Sandra worked with the Humane Society of United States Farm Animal Protection Campaign as a Food and Nutrition Intern in Washington, DC. This internship focused on contact gathering, outreach and collaboration efforts for their Forward Food Program, which works with institutions nationwide (K-12 school districts, universities, corporate, healthcare, and military) to empower them to create and offer more plant-based cuisines. Through this internship, Sandra’s masters research focused on transitioning universities towards sustainable food systems by means of increasing plant-based consumption. While her current focus frames the wider impacts of the industrial animal agriculture system (and the assumptions, discourse and perspectives that drive these systems) in a Western context, her background also engaged in social justice issues surrounding newcomers and refugees, the social determinants of health, and housing and homelessness.
Sandra completed the MDP at the University of Arizona as a transfer student from the University of Winnipeg, where the MDP program was focused on understanding development through Indigenous’ perspectives. During her time at the University of Winnipeg, Sandra worked as a research assistant with the Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives and also undertook a research evaluation project coordinator position. During her time at the University of Arizona, Sandra worked as a teaching assistant for an environment and society class (GEOG 150), as well as a geographic techniques class (GEOG 222). Sandra’s experiences over the course of her MDP has provided her with capabilities in applied research, interviews, surveys, evaluations, teaching and grading, partnership formations and outreach, and data/visual analysis.
“As a program rooted in social justice, the MDP has encouraged and enabled me to extend my social justice lens to multiple perspectives of knowing and understanding by exploring differentiating paradigms and multi-species analysis towards development practice and social points of inquiry. It is through these avenues that I seek to dedicate my further studies and work efforts”
Bachelor in Kinesiology, University of Manitoba
Dual Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in International Development Studies and Human Rights & Global Studies, University of Winnipeg