Courtney Szto: SSHRC Storyteller Finalist
Courtney Szto, of Simon Fraser University, is one of the Top 25 finalists from across Canada in the SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council) 2017 Storytellers challenge.
The annual contest challenges postsecondary students from across the country to demonstrate—in three minutes or 300 words—how SSHRC-funded research is making a difference in the lives of Canadians. The goal is to highlight how knowledge about the social sciences and humanities helps Canadians understand and improve the world around us.
Courtney's research focuses on the intersections of race, citizenship, and sport by exploring how Vancouver's South Asian community has taken up hockey. She is Past President of the United Nations Association – Vancouver Branch and was a Graduate Student Representative for the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport. She is the Assistant Editor for Hockey in Society and writes for her own blog, The Rabbit Hole, which focuses on critical discussions around health, sport, and physical activity.
Courtney says, "It was an interesting challenge to try and distill four years of work into three minutes for popular consumption but it is rewarding to hear from my friends and family that they enjoyed the video and could understand the issues at play."
She adds, "This is probably the highlight of my CV right now because it's different and allowed me to incorporate my interest in visual storytelling. I hate when work sits on your laptop or on the shelves, so I encourage anyone eligible to seriously consider the contest."