Sheila Giffen

The Turn to Sacred Address in Transnational HIV/AIDS Writing
Faculty of Arts
Dina Al-Kassim
Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?

I chose to pursue a graduate degree because it allows me the time, space and resources to explore research questions that I care deeply about. I’m also grateful for the opportunity to learn from outstanding faculty members at UBC who continue to guide and inspire my work.

Why did you decide to study at UBC?

I chose to pursue my PhD at the University of British Columbia, where I received my Master’s in 2013, because of its unmatched academic strengths in critical race studies, Indigenous studies and postcolonial studies, paired with the University’s strong commitment to community engagement and social justice. Studying at UBC gives me the opportunity to work with scholars in the English department and to make connections in interdisciplinary programs including the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, First Nations and Indigenous Studies and Science and Technology Studies. In addition to being a top research institution with expertise in the fields germane to my study, UBC is also dedicated to social justice work and fosters scholarship rooted in and emerging from community-based research.


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