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Instructors are listed in alphabetical order by first name.

Instructor Biographies


Anne-marie Joy Henry works on the Laurier Brantford campus supporting student mobility such as faculty-led trips, internships and the student exchange program. She also facilitates international at home programming including the Intercultural Certificate, Tandem Language Program and various Global Engagement events. Anne-marie has lived abroad in many places including Hungary, Russia, Thailand, Kenya, India, and Tanzania and enjoys encouraging you to think critically and participate actively in global community.

Teaches Working Across Difference: An Introduction to Intercultural Learning


Anthony Piscitelli is a Professor in the Public Service Program at Conestoga College. Dr. Piscitelli also has a strong connection to the Wilfrid Laurier University community. He is an Associate with the Laurier Institute for the Study of Public Opinion and Policy, he has an undergraduate degree and a Masters in Political Science from Laurier and Doctorate in Geography from Laurier. When he's not working Anthony spends his time with his wife and two children. Anthony is teaching Introduction to SPSS.

Teaches Intro to SPSS: Data Clearing and Analysis


Ben Yang is the Director, Global Engagement at Wilfrid Laurier University. In his role, he leads a team of dedicated professionals to implement the university's internationalization strategy. As a former international student from Beijing, he has first-hand experience transitioning to a new cultural, linguistic and academic environment. Ben is a seasoned trainer on cross-cultural communication and frequent presenter both in Canada and internationally. To recognize Ben's contribution to the field,  Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE) awarded him the 2010 Internationalization Leadership Award.

Teaches Working Across Difference: An Introduction to Intercultural Learning

Charlie Davis

Charlie Davis is a PhD student in Community Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University. He is a community-based researcher, with a strong commitment to conducting action-orientated research that will promote the health and wellbeing of transgender people in the Waterloo Region.

Charlie primarily uses qualitative methodologies, such as interviews, focus groups and policy analysis, which has granted him extensive experience with NVivo.

Teaches Intro to NVivo


Ciann Wilson, PhD is an assistant professor in Community Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University. She has over a decade of experience working within African, Caribbean and Black communities across the greater Toronto area first as a youth programmer and now as a health researcher. Her areas of interest build off her community-engaged work to include critical race theory, anti-/de-colonial theory, African diasporic and Indigenous community health, HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive wellbeing and community-based research. Her body of work aims to utilize research as an avenue for sharing the stories and realities of African diasporic, Indigenous and racialized peoples and improving the health and wellbeing of these communities.

Teaches Arts-Based Research; Scholarship Writing 101; CV Writing; & Teaching and Research Dossiers

Derek Grey

Derek Gray is an Assistant Professor in the Biology Department at Laurier. He has been an avid R user for the last 10 years and uses it to conduct both simple and complex statistical analyses and visualizations. He has taught statistics with R at both the undergraduate and graduate level. His own research focuses on the biological impacts of environmental change on freshwater habitats in Canada’s North and often involves the analyses of messy ecological data.

Teaches both Intro to Analysis with R and Advanced Analysis with R

Francisco Ibanez-Carrasco

Francisco Ibanez-Carrasco, PhD is an Assistant Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, a member of The Canada-International HIV and Rehabilitation Research Collaborative (CIHRRC). His research focuses on physical and cognitive rehabilitation in the context of HIV, queer men’s sexual health, eLearning for public health, participatory knowledge mobilization (KMb), HIV stigma, and patients’ “lived experience” ( Francisco has been living with HIV since 1986.

Teaches Participatory Knowledge Mobilization


Greg Rousell is an education researcher at the Grand Erie District School Board and a founding member of Ontario’s Data User Group. He is active in different research networks across the province in including the Association of Educational Researchers of Ontario.

Greg is interested in data analysis and using visualisation techniques to make complex analyses accessible to decision makers. By using R and RMarkdown extensively in his work, he is able to create reproducible reports and visualisations in a variety of formats.

Teaches Introduction to R Markdown


Humera Javed is the Education and Inclusion Coordinator at the Centre for Student Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (Waterloo campus), Wilfrid Laurier University.  She is passionate about issues of equity in the field of education and is on a learning journey to translating that passion into practices that are intentional and meaningful.

Teaches Working Across Difference: An Introduction to Intercultural Learning


Jane Desmond is the International Student Advisor at Wilfrid Laurier University - Brantford Campus. As an ISA, she assists international students with their immigration related questions, and coordinates  programming and events on a weekly basis. 

She also promotes campus connections amongst Laurier’s international students, university administration/departments, and domestic student population through accessible and open programming to form a community of inclusion.  

Jane enjoys living in a multicultural community and is interested in music, arts and cuisines from around the world. 

Teaches Working Across Difference: An Introduction to Intercultural Learning

Jennifer Long

Jennifer Long earned her PhD from Western University (2011) in Sociocultural Anthropology. She has developed and taught workshops over 50 workshops on topics including race, identity, and diversity in the workplace and classroom, organizational behaviour and teaching adult learners.

Her research interests and current projects include the following topics: diversity among faculty, staff and students at post-secondary institutions; unique experiences of mature students in undergraduate education; undergraduate experiences of group work in post-secondary education; break-out boxes and experiential learning to develop transferable skills in undergraduates; and, refugee educational experiences in Canada. She has published in the fields of Anthropology & Education; Education, Education in Engineering, and teaching practices.

Teaches Ethnography and Content Analysis


Jennifer Marshman, PhD: Jennifer is contract faculty at Wilfrid Laurier University in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies and was the 2020 recipient of the Student Teaching Award of Excellence. Jennifer is an Instructional Designer with the online learning center at Conestoga College where there are 68 fully online programs and more than 1000 online course offerings.          

Teaches Creating Effective Online Pedagogy       

Kai Reimer-Watts

Kai Reimer-Watts is a documentary filmmaker, current PhD student in Community Psychology at Laurier, and director of the feature documentary for climate action, Beyond Crisis (, “a story of hope for a rapidly changing world.” Kai's research and creative work explores the rich intersection of climate storytelling, the visual arts, movement-building, and grassroots activism, centering on unifying and mobilizing a collective response to the climate crisis.

He led the "Climate is Life" mural project on Laurier's Waterloo campus, engaging several hundred people in its creation in Fall 2019, and is an active member of Climate Strike Waterloo Region that has been leading regular strikes, art builds and collective actions for climate justice throughout the region for more than a year.

Kai is co-founder of The People’s Climate Foundation and Climate Justice Laurier, advocating for bolder action for climate justice at Laurier and beyond. Taken together, Kai’s work leverages the power of collective imagination and vision, using the arts and storytelling to better respond to crisis and help forge a far brighter future.

Teaches Filmmaking as Methodology


Lauren Burrows is an equity educator, community organizer, and consultant residing on Haudenosaunee, Anishnawbe and Neutral territory. Lauren currently works as the Education and Inclusion Coordinator within Laurier's Centre for Student Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Lauren also offers her labour to a variety of communities to prevent and mitigate harm by sharing best practices in equity-seeking across sectors and supporting individuals and organizations in unlearning and dismantling systems of oppression.

Teaches Working Across Difference: An Introduction to Intercultural Learning

Lauren Judge

Lauren Judge comes from an interdisciplinary background in history and the humanities, with a specialization in public history, enviro-humanities and a professional artistic practice where she develops bodies of work based on themes like ecofeminism. After completing her Master’s degree in 2005, Lauren developed her professional arts practice while embarking on a wide-ranging administrative career.

She returned to graduate studies to pursue a PhD in 2018, driven by a passion for the visual culture of the Saugeen (Bruce) Peninsula and its role in our changing relationships with the land.

Teaches Qualitative Approaches: Finding the Right Fit


Marcia Chaudet, PhD, is the Manager of Instructional Design at Conestoga College where she leads a team of Instructional Designers who support faculty and staff with the creation of engaging online courses. Marcia is contract faculty at Wilfrid Laurier University in the Department of Biology where she enjoys sharing her passion for microbiology with her students. Whether it's delivering courses in-person or online, Marcia enjoys creating opportunities for her students to be engaged and connect with the content.

Teaches Creating Effective Online Pedagogy       


Melody Morton Ninomiya is an Assistant Professor in the Health Science Department at Wilfrid Laurier University, and Affiliate Scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Most of her research is initiated and driven by communities (nations, organizations, and groups) and in areas of community mental health, health service coordination, knowledge translation and exchange, and fetal alcohol-related health. Melody is committed to making research-related knowledge accessible and tailored for the intended knowledge users, rightsholders, audiences, and other stakeholders. As such, she has experience developing and designing infographic-style communication for a wide range of projects.

Teaches Creating Clear Infographics


Mike Boylan works on Laurier’s Waterloo campus supporting student mobility programs such as the student exchange program, faculty-led programs abroad, and international internships. He also facilitates ‘International @ Home’ programs including the Intercultural Certificate, and has acted as the Staff Advisor for the WUSC Local Committee for the past 5 years. As a coordinator and leader of international and domestic experiential learning programs for over 15 years, Mike has facilitated transformational intercultural experiences for students of all ages. In 2019 Mike completed his MA in Social Justice and Community Engagement with a focus on the host community impacts of international education programs.

Teaches Working Across Difference: An Introduction to Intercultural Learning

Nicole Burns

Nicole Burns has been engaged in community-led capacity building for the last several years, working with Indigenous communities across Canada. Nicole specializes in program evaluation and has conducted formative and process evaluations with communities and government members across diverse sectors. She has been using interviews and focus groups as a primary form of data collection for many years.

Teaches Skills for Effective Interviewing and Focus Groups


Phyllis Power is the Manager, Global Engagement Programming, where she manages the international mobility and Internationalization @ Home programming in addition to health and safety support for international travel. Before coming to Laurier, Phyllis managed CIDA funded international partnership projects between the University of New Brunswick and universities in Viet Nam, Bhutan, Cuba and China. Phyllis has delivered intercultural training for the Centre for Intercultural Learning, Global Affairs, and co-facilitated Canada World Youth programs in Uruguay, Egypt and Jamaica.  Phyllis has a BA in International Development Studies, and a Masters of Education.

Teaches Working Across Difference: An Introduction to Intercultural Learning

Sean Simpson

Sean Simpson is Vice President of Ipsos Public Affairs in Canada where he has worked for over a decade. Ipsos Public Affairs has 800 staff located in 37 countries and is the world’s leading polling firm. Sean joined Ipsos following his studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, where he completed both a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Political Science.

He leads Ipsos’ public-opinion polling in Canada, collaborating with clients and directing research studies on a wide variety of topics, including political behaviour, policy research, social and consumer trends. His research also focuses on reputation, issues management, strategic communications, and polling for public release.

Sean is an active speaker who gives lectures and presentations in both academic and business settings, and he is a primary spokesperson for Ipsos in Canada. While his office is located in downtown Toronto, he lives in Kitchener with his wife Amie.

Teaches Questionnaire Design, Sampling and Recruitment

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