This conversation cafe will engage participants in exploring the role of community-based mentors (Journey Guides) in providing experiential learning opportunities for graduate students, and assessing the transferability of this model to other settings and disciplines. Participants will also explore their own potential as Journey Guides.
Liza Lorenzetti is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Social Work on Blackfoot and Treaty 7 Land. Her interest in social change is grounded by almost thirty years of practice and activism on interconnected social issues such as gender-based violence, poverty elimination, peace-building, and anti-racism.Liza Lorenzetti is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Social Work on Blackfoot and Treaty 7 Land. Her interest in social change is grounded by almost thirty years of practice and activism on interconnected social issues such as gender-based violence, poverty elimination, peace-building, and anti-racism.
Tatiana Oschepkova is a Project Coordinator in the Faculty of Social Work, at the University of Calgary. She has five years of experience working with diverse communities and individuals in Calgary. Her professional interests include work with oppressed populations, primary violence prevention, promoting and supporting healthy, respectful, non-violent relationships.
Diane Lorenzetti is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine. Her research interests focus on mentorship as a means of furthering personal and professional development. She has explored the impact of mentoring on risky behaviours in youth, ongoing professional development, and graduate student learning.
Rita Dhungel is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary. Rita has a broad community development experience in both Canada and Nepal.
Lemlem Haile, Social Worker and Social Justice activist involved in community development with the social justice lens. Lemlem works to connect community and economic development as a platform to address economic inequality at the neighbourhood level. A new settler to treaty 7 land who is willing to learn how to not perpetuate colonialism ideals.