2015 Reps

  • Sharon Henry, FGS and GSA Rep


Sharon Henry is currently in her second year of the Master’s program in Critical Disability Studies at York University. Her research interests include minority (black) women and the violence, stigma, invisibility and isolation they may encounter. Sharon has recently presented on the topic of male violence at the Pacific Rim Conference in Hawaii.

  • Rachel Desjourdy, Events Coordinator


Rachel Desjourdy has a BSc from McGill University and is currently an MA student in Critical Disability Studies. Her work experience and interests involve people with physical or sensory disabilities, and she has been involved in promoting the inclusion of disabled persons for over ten years. Her academic research is constantly evolving; at present she is especially fascinated by the involvement of disabled persons in religious life, portrayals of disability in the ‘Humans of New York’ photography project, and the history of disability institutions in Montreal.

  • Natalie Spagnuolo, Internal Coordinator and Communications Officer


Natalie is a doctoral student in Critical Disability Studies at York University. Current research centres on issues of biocitizenship and social policy, as well as historical backdrops that inform the provision and regulation of services accessed by people with intellectual disabilities. She has been involved in community-based groups promoting patient advocacy, prison justice and literacy, inclusive housing, and monitoring and reform of the developmental sector.

  • Aliya Esmail, Departmental Rep and Advocacy Officer


Aliya Esmail graduated from McMaster University with a B.A.Sc. in Arts and Science and is currently completing a Masters degree in Critical Disability Studies at YorkU.  Her research interests include the erasure of disability experiences in countries of the Global South, the relationship between neocolonialism and the production of impairment, and anti-colonial approaches to studying disability. She is specifically focused on disability production as a result of the exportation of electronic waste (toxic colonialism).

  • Shequille Rollocks, Events Coordinator


I am Shequille. I completed by BA in Legal Studies. I am now a Master’s Student in the Critical Disability program. My research interests centre on how erasure of persons and culture can create disability. To unwind, I love to cook and mostly bake. I am trying to learn more inclusive baking techniques so I am teaching myself to bake Paleo. I have found it to be quite an adjustment but an enjoyable challenge.

  • Grace Leach, Events Coordinator


Grace completed her undergraduate degree at Trent University in Sociology and Gender and Women’s Studies and is now currently a Masters student in the Critical Disability Studies Program. Her research interests involve invisible disabilities, mental health policy, the criminalization of mental illness, issues surrounding consent & capacity, and incarceration & people with disabilities.

  • Jason Ferreirinha, Treasurer and Events Coordinator


Jason Ferreirinha has a BA in Psychology from York University and a diploma in Developmental Service Work from Humber College. His work experience and interests involve people with physical and intellectual disabilities. Present research interests more specifically focus on identifying different ways to modify spaces to help in the effort for true inclusion. He hopes to change standards to include a more realistic and encompassing view of the human experience in all its diverse glory.

  • Evelyn Kissi, CUPE Rep


Evelyn Kissi is a mother of 2 handsome boys, a partner, daughter, sister, a student and a friend. She graduated from the Early Childhood Education program at Humber College before coming to York University to complete her degree in Health Studies, with an interest in children and educators’ mental health. Evelyn is currently in her first semester in the Critical Disability Studies program, focusing her research on the systemic, architectural, and policy barriers that interested students and  Early Childhood Educators face in Childcare Centres.

  • Daphne Bernice Gayle, FGS and GSA Rep


I received my undergraduate at York University in Psychology. I am currently a first year Masters student in Critical disabilities studies. I have a black belt in karate, I enjoy historical fiction, and have a beginner’s knowledge of French and Mandarin. My academic interests include the impact of disability on marriage and family relationships. I am active in building bridges and breaking down barriers for persons with disabilities.

  • Stef Mendolia, Events Coordinator

I am an MA student with a BA from York in philosophy & psychology. I have been involved in various consumer/survivor/mad/disability advocacy initiatives based out of Toronto. I am an amateur electric cellist/animal lover/metalhead/critical theory nerd with a case of the giggles.

Group photo of the 2015-2016 Exec, that includes the following six members : Sharon, Daphne, Grace, Shequille, Jason, and Rachel.


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