Faculty Advocates profiles

Alicia Batten profile

Alicia Batten

Conrad Grebel Faculty Advocate

Why is it important to you to be a HeForShe Faculty Advocate?

It is important for me to be a HeForShe Faculty Advocate because although we have come a long way in Canada with regard to equity, there is a still much progress to be made, especially with regard to biases about gender and sexuality. I also think that we have to keep gender equity issues at the forefront because as someone whose research is primarily historical, I see how despite the advances that are made at various points in history, it is very easy for societies to return to unjust and discriminatory practices.

Barbara Csima

Barbara F Csima

Math Faculty Advocate

Why is it important to you to be a HeForShe Faculty Advocate?

Comparing across gender lines can bring to light issues of inequity, but their causes and solutions are far from clear. I look forward to the opportunity to continue our efforts to ensure that our practices are as equitable as possible, so that everyone can have the opportunity to fulfill their potential.

Ben Thompson

Ben Thompson

Science Faculty Advocate

Why is it important to you to be a HeForShe Faculty Advocate? 

The HeForShe initiative represents a unique opportunity to promote the principles of equity and fairness; both within the University of Waterloo and beyond.

Corey Johnson

Corey Johnson

Applied Health Sciences Faculty Advocate

Why is it important to you to be a HeForShe Faculty Advocate? 

Being a HeForShe advocate is a role I feel called to given the sacrifices that so many women have made for me to enjoy a "good" life. As the oldest child of a single mother, I watched first hand the challenges she faced as she tried to both raise her children alone with limited support and build a meaningful career. I realized at a very young age that I needed to do something so that my sister, nieces, students and colleagues might have a different - a better experience.

David Seljak

David Seljak

St. Jerome’s University College Faculty Advocate

Why is it important to you to be a HeForShe Faculty Advocate?

The HeForShe movement reminds us that gender inequality and sexism hurt all of us, women and men, LGBTQ, adults and children. I teach a course on Evil in the Religious Studies Department, and we study how evil can appear in every day, ordinary ways that we don’t always see: racism, sexism, colonialism, injustice, and ecological destruction.

Kristina Llewellyn

Kristina Llewellyn

Renison University College Faculty Advocate

Why is it important to you to be a HeForShe Faculty Advocate?

Being a HeForShe advocate is incredibly meaningful for me because my feminist commitments are inspired by a father who is a staunch feminist ally and two sons who I want to raise as champions of gender equity. My research on the history of women educators demonstrates the effects of deep-seated gender oppression in the culture of education, but also the power of social movements to create substantive change.

Mathieu Doucet

Mathieu Doucet

Arts Faculty Advocate

Why is it important to you to be a HeForShe Faculty Advocate?

HeForShe is an important opportunity for the University of Waterloo to advance gender equity on campus, and to empower our students to carry that goal into the community after graduation. It's also an excellent opportunity to reach those members of the campus community who perhaps do not fully appreciate the importance of gender equity, both at the University of Waterloo and in society at large. My own discipline of Philosophy continues to struggle with the issue of gender equity, and the HeForShe campaign is an exciting chance to share ideas and solutions across disciplines and Faculties.

Richard Myers

Richard Myers

St. Paul's University College Faculty Advocate

Why is it important to you to be a HeForShe Faculty Advocate? 

I want my six-year old daughter to grow up in a world where all doors are open to her and it doesn’t occur to her to think it could be otherwise. 

Sean Peterson

Sean Peterson

Engineering Faculty Advocate

Why is it important to you to be a HeForShe Faculty Advocate?

As the HeForShe Faculty Advocate in Engineering I have the opportunity to help improve the culture in STEM disciplines for the current and next generation of professionals.

I know from experience the gender bias does exist.  When I was an engineering student, my girlfriend at the time (also an engineering student) was told by one of the professors that “boys in engineering are here (hand held high), girls are here (hand held low)”.  I want to help make sure that such ridiculous and harmful statements and opinions become a thing of the past.

Susan Elliott

Susan Elliott

Enviornment Faculty Advocate

Why is it important to you to be a HeForShe Faculty Advocate? 

Gender inequality is an issue that affects everyone – socially, economically, politically, culturally, environmentally – and that includes me.  As a global health researcher, I have seen how women are impacted by these structural factors all over the world.  I would like to think I can move beyond my researcher role to be part of the solution.