People

Dr. Harper Keenan

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Robert Quartermain Assistant Professor of Gender & Sexuality Research in Education

Dr. Harper B. Keenan is the Robert Quartermain Assistant Professor of Gender & Sexuality Research in Education at the University of British Columbia. Before coming to UBC in 2019, Dr. Keenan was a postdoctoral fellow at the Stanford Graduate School of Education, where he also earned his PhD in Curriculum and Teacher Education in 2019. Dr. Keenan completed his undergraduate studies at The New School in New York City, and earned a Master’s Degree from the Bank Street College of Education. He is a proud former New York City elementary school teacher.


Dr. Bishop Owis

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Bishop (they/them) is an educator, community activist and postdoctoral research fellow at the University of British Columbia in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy. They are first-generation born and raised on the unceded territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples of Tkaranto (Toronto, Ontario) by immigrant parents from Guyana (Indo-Guyanese), Egypt, China and Portugal. 

They are a graduate from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto (OISE/UT) where they received their PhD researching how educators understand their own ethical commitments of care when working with queer and trans youth of colour. Their research explores the intersections of gender, sexuality, race and colonialism in education using public and art-based pedagogies that centre care to inform a sense of collective imagination; one that strives for queer futurity, world-building and thriving. Bishop is an alumni Junior Fellow at Massey College and has delivered sex education workshops with Planned Parenthood and the Sex Education Centre at the University of Toronto. Bishop earned their teaching qualifications in 2019 in the Junior-Intermediate division and is a proud genderqueer/trans, neuroqueer, dis/abled educator. 


Daniel Gallardo

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Graduate Research Assistant

Daniel Gallardo is a cuiloni mestizx from Anahuac (Mexhico). They are Nahua del Centro and Pur’epecha on their father’s side of the family and on their mother’s side of the family, they are of settler ancestry, Andalusian-Berber and French. Daniel is a doctoral student with the Department of Educational Studies at UBC, whose research involves the ideological leverage of settler-colonialism and its impacts on race, sexuality and gender in education. They have been working with curriculum development towards social justice for the last 10 years. Since coming to UBC, Daniel is part of the Indigenous Education Office and a Professional Development Coordinator with SOGI UBC.


Lee Iskander

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Graduate Research Assistant

Lee Iskander is a settler of mixed Irish and Egyptian ancestry and a doctoral student in the Faculty of Education at UBC. Before beginning their studies at UBC, Lee lived and worked in Toronto where they completed a BA, BEd, and MEd at York University and worked or volunteered with several community organizations serving 2SLGBTQ people. Their current research explores the experiences of trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming beginning teachers.


Aimée Beauchamp

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Professional Development Facilitator

Aimee is ‎a Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, French, and Mapuche two-spirit femme. She received her B.Ed from UBC in 2014 and then went on to her Masters in Counselling Psychology. She is currently a secondary School Counsellor working on the Katzie, Kwantlen, and Stó:lō Territory known as Surrey.  She is learning from Womanists to bring intersectional frameworks to the classroom and spends much of her professional and personal time working to create safer spaces for 2SLGBTQ youth. She has worked and volunteered in the non-profit sector for almost 10 years, involving herself in decolonization initiatives, youth sexual health projects, and anti-oppressive campaigns.


Tanya Boteju

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Professional Development Facilitator

Tanya Boteju is a teacher and writer living on unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations (Vancouver, BC). She completed her BA and BEd at UBC, a Masters in Educational Leadership at Columbia University’s Teacher’s College, and a Creative Writing diploma through SFU’s Writer’s Studio. Part-time, she teaches English to clever and sassy young people and is the SOGI Lead for her school. The rest of her time, she writes. Her novel, Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens (Simon & Schuster, 2019), was named a Top Ten Indie Next Pick by the AmericanBooksellers Association. Her next YA novel, Bruised, is due out with Simon & Schuster in 2021. In both teaching and writing, she’s committed to positive, diverse representation and inclusion.


Karla Jubaily

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Communications & Operations Assistant

Karla is first-generation born and raised on the unceded territories of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, and Musqueam Nations by immigrant parents from Lebanon and the Philippines. She holds a BA from UBC where she majored in Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice. Her research focused on challenging and resisting racist and sexist ideologies about Arabs and Filipinx folks. For the past several years, she has been organizing for equity and inclusion on campus and in communities she is a part of and advocates for. Karla is committed to liberation from the interconnected systems of oppression through volunteering with mutual aid group, Seasons Greetings Vancouver, and co-organizing a community-sustained free pantry. She is currently a co-host on the 4 Spice Podcast, facilitating conversation on racialized mixed-race identities.


SOGI UBC is funded by the Jane Rule Initiative at UBC established by Dr. Robert Quartermain.