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Sense of Place: Dr. Sharalyn Jordan on LGBTQ Refugees

January 13, 2016
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Dr. Sharalyn Jordan, Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education, was recently interviewed by Roundhouse Radio 98.3 on the Power of Peace Award for Social Change she's been recently given by the YMCA, and how her work as a Counselling Psychologist, researcher, and teacher, supports LGBTQ & refugee mental health.

In the interview, Dr. Jordan discusses how she received help from LEGIT, an organization whose advocacy focuses on Canadian immigration for same-sex partners, and how natural it was for her to continue volunteering with the organization afterwards, using both her knowledge as a mental health practitioner and researcher, as well as her on-the-ground community work. Over the past 11 years, she's joined with other agencies like VAST and Rainbow Refugee to further support LGBTQ communities and help them receive the support they need, something often overlooked in reasonably safe places like Vancouver.

“Living racisalized and living queer or trans, and often with some form of poverty and financial limitations, means people are facing some serious restrictions to their basic day to day safety and ability to participate in daily life." She argues it's so important to build and support these communites, and states that when "we create spaces of belonging that are safe for queer and trans people, we are enhancing spaces of safety and belonging for all.”

The radio interview was broadcasted by Roundhouse Radio 98.3 FM on Friday, January 8, 2016.

Listen to the interview.