EDUCATION

McMaster University  

Hamilton, ON

(2012 - 2017)

Social Sciences, B.A.

U.C. Berkley

San Francisco, CA

(2017)

Lead Organizer Certification

WORK EXPERIENCE

Consultant

  • Worked with the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) on creating curriculum for racialized youth ages 14-17 in Hamilton Ontario.

  • Gave training to the same group of kids on the program curriculum created.

  • Scaling up the program to serve 100 kids in 2018

  • Currently working with Ontario Coalition of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) to develop web modules on Accessibility as a paid consultant.

Outreach Coordinator

  • Manage the recruitment of candidates for DiverseCity onboard

  • Host events catered to the community at the Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion

  • Created, organized, and managed the Disability Justice (Un)Conference to commemorate International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Community Engagement Liaison

  • In the office of Councilor Matthew Green, worked to engage with constituents in the area of social justice, equity, and inclusion.

  • Act as a case worker to assist in the resolution of constituent concerns in person, on the phone, and through email.

  • Track responses to concerns to ensure timely resolutions to constituent concerns

Orientation and Transition Assistant

  • Planned and coordinated two events for more than 5,000 first year students in order to orient them into the McMaster University community.

  • When planning MacQuest, managed a budget of $10,000, and liaison with over thirty university stakeholders and partners.

  • When planning the Common Reading Program, managed a budget of $10,000 dollars, in partnership with McMaster University and the Hamilton Public Library and Lawrence Hill the author.

  • Planned and conducted volunteer training for over 50 MacQuest volunteers.

  • Created curriculum for Accessibility Training for the Student Success Centre


 

Program Coordinator

  • Ran PATH Employment Service’s Third Annual Accessibility Tour, a city wide event, collaborating with Target Canada, McMaster University, and other organizations in Hamilton Ontario.

  • Managed the budget for this city-wide event, and the social media related activities.

  • Wrote every press release related to PATH Employment Service’s Third Annual Accessibility Tour and was published in Community News and Cable 14.

  • Assisted in reinforcing the organization’s social media presence.

  • Drafted and presented the proposal of launching a blog through PATH Employment Services, in order to effectively share job finding resources with clients, while expanding our reach.

City of Hamilton 

Hamilton, ON

(October 2016 - Present) 

Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion

Hamilton, ON

(April 2017 - Ongoing)

Hamilton City Hall

Hamilton, ON

(February 2017 - April 30th)

McMaster University

Hamilton, ON

(May 2015 - December 2016)

PATH Employment Services

Hamilton, ON

(May 2014 - August 2014)

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
  • Received by the John C. Holland Awards Committee due to work around activism, racial justice, and disability justice. 

  • Nominated due to my work around activism, racial justice, and disability justice.

  • Selected due to my work around the Anti-Racism Action Initiative and because of my work on disability justice

  • Selected out of thousands of applicants to represent as one of Canada’s disability rights activists at a forum to weigh in on Minister Qualtrough’s creation of the Canadians with Disabilities Act. Represented on behalf of the National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS).

Recipient of Evelyn Myrie Political Action Award 

(March 2017) 

Nominee for Women of Distinction Award 

(February 2017)

CBC Hamilton's Top 5 Most Interesting People of 2016

(December 2016)

Contributor to Accessible Canada Forum, Ottawa 

(October 2016)

GOVERNANCE EXPERIENCE

COUNCIL MEMBER 

  • As a member of council, facilitated community partnerships to coordinate and enhance delivery of services to newcomers.

  • Leads initiatives for the successful integration of newcomers to Hamilton and the creation of a welcoming community.

PLANNING COMMITTEE CHAIR

  • Helped to plan and run the AGM of the Hamilton Community Benefits Network

  • Secured $10, 000 in funding for the HCBN events through the Atkinson Foundation

  • Helped to give a number of community outreach workshops to community members, in particular to newcomers in Hamilton Ontario.

ONTARIO DIRECTOR

  • Represented NEADS in Ontario, by way of representing the organization on different research committees at Universities and colleges across Ontario.

  • Attended different conferences across Ontario related to Students with Disabilities in post-secondary education.

  • Participated in annual strategic priority planning for the organization.

  • Read and understood a sets of financial statements.

  • Developed, amend and approved by-laws and governing policies

  • Member of the NEADS grant proposal writing committee

  • Member of the NEADS Social Media Committee

  • Nominated due to my work around activism, racial justice, and disability justice.

STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE ASSEMBLY MEMBER, Social Science Caucus Leader

  • Re-elected to be one of 35 assembly members, in order to advocate for student rights and represent 20,000 students at McMaster University.

  • Elected on a platform revolving heavily around equity and accessibility

EXECUTIVE BOARD

  • Elected to be one of six members on the MSU Executive Board, the highest governing body of the Student Representative Assembly.

  • Make budgeting and logistical decisions that govern the long term planning of the McMaster Students Union.

OPERATIONS COMMITTEE MEMBER 

  • Co-wrote the McMaster Students Union’s first Accountability Policy Paper, as well as their Anti Oppression Policy Paper.

BYLAWS AND PROCEDURES COMMITTEE MEMBER

  • Developed, amend and approved by-laws and governing policies of the McMaster Students Union. 

UNIVERSITY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE MEMBER

  • Wrote the McMaster Students Union’s first Accessibility Policy Paper.

  • Advocated for thirty thousand dollars to be allocated toward fixing broken lifts on campus.

EXTRA CURRICULUAR EXPERIENCE

Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council

Hamilton, ON

(April 2017 - April 2020) 

Hamilton Community Benefits Network

Hamilton, ON 

(June 2017 - Present) 

National Educational Association of Disabled Students

Canada 

(November 2014 - November 2016)

McMaster Student Union

Hamilton, ON

(April 2014 - April 2016)

(April 2015 - April 2016)

 

(April 2015 - April 2016)

(April 2014 - April 2015)

(April 2014 - April 2015)

PRESIDENT'S ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON BUILDING AN INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY (PACBIC) - STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE

  • Selected to serve a three year term on the President’s Advisory Committee on Building an Inclusive Community as a student representative

  • Contributed to policy creation, such as the sexual assault response protocol at McMaster University

  • Lobbied to the President of the university, on recommendations made by the Accesses and Accommodation committee of PACBIC.

ABILITIES COORDINATOR

  • Planned and hosted the MSU’s first Accessibility Forum in collaboration with David Lepofsky, along with many other events throughout the year.

  • Wrote the Accessibility Forum Report which was presented to the MacAccessibility Council.

  • Chaired Diversity Services’ Abilities Committee

  • Liasoned between Diversity Services and Student Accessibility Services.

CRISIS SUPPORT WORKER

  • Under fast paced and emotional pressure, provided exceptional support and assistance to service users who were survivors of sexual assault, at any hour of the day or night.

  • Attended hospitals or police stations to provide extra support to sexual assault victims upon request, often having to be an advocate of sexual assault victims in the face of law enforcement.

McMaster University

Hamilton, ON 

(April 2014 - April 2017) 

McMaster Students Union

Hamilton, ON 

(April 2014 - April 2015) 

Sexual Assault Center of Hamilton (SACHA)

Hamilton, ON 

(January 2014 - Present)

Ph: 905 297 4694 x 201  

© 2017 by Sarah Jama

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