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Academic Conference Presentations
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Presentations for Stakeholders

Roundtables, Panels and Workshops

Academic Conference Presentations

“Contestations of the Heart: Mexican Migrant Women and Transnational Loving from Rural Ontario”, Dis/placing the Borders of North America Conference, Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition, McMaster University, October 14, 2016.

“Migrant Farmworkers and Erasures of the Rural”, Re-Energizing Communities Conference, Canadian Association for Work and Labour Studies (CAWLS), Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Calgary, June 1-2, 2016.

Mexico Profundo” in Rural Canada: Affirming Place among Mexican Migrant Farmworkers, XIV World Congress of Rural Sociology, Ryerson University, Toronto, August 12, 2016.   

“Transnational Emotions, Transnational Organizing for Migrant Justice”, Migration and Late Capitalism Conference, University of Victoria, Coast Salish, (Victoria-BC), Jun 11-13, 2015.

“Gendered Statelessness: Mexican Migrant Women in Canada Managing Transnational Families at the Margins" International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 29, 2015.

Keynote Address, “Organizing Transnational Love among Mexican Migrant Farmworker Women, Graduate Student Conference: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Migration and Settlement. Hosted by The Collaborative Graduate Program in Migration and Ethnic Relations, Western University. April 9, 2015. 

“Mujeres en Lucha: Engendering Resistance among Mexican Migrant Farm Worker Women in Rural Ontario”, XXIX International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, Toronto, October 8, 2010.

“Transnational Homemaking" (with Dr. Kerry Preibisch), Gender, Rurality, Transformation Conference, Rural Women Making Change, Guelph, ON, May 2010.

“Transnational Homemaking: Between Hearts and Pockets Society” (with Dr. Kerry Preibisch) Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology, Merida, Mexico, March 27, 2010.

“Stepping it Up from the Margins: The Urgency of Possibility in the Movement for Migrant Farm Workers’ Rights in Canada”, New Voices of Labour Conference, York University, Toronto, October 15, 2010.

“Coming out of the Closet: Spirituality and Justice for Migrant Workers” (with Adriana Paz Ramirez) 2nd Annual Decolonizing the Spirit: Spirituality, Healing & Renewal Conference OISE of the University of Toronto, April 30, 2009.

El Otro Lado Del Otro Lado: Migrant Women Farm Workers in Canada” (with Dr. Kerry Preibisch) XXVII International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, Montreal, Canada, September 6, 2007.

“Justicia for Migrant Workers as a Model of Community Unionism” (with Maya Shapiro) How Unions Matter In The New Economy. Centre for Work and Society, Toronto, October 29, 2005.

Select Guest Speaking and Lectures

“Migrant Farm Workers: Re-imagining Rural Ontario”, Kings Hour, Kings College of University of Western Ontario, Wednesday November 23rd, 2016.

“Gender, Migration & Diaspora” Course: Women in Today’s World, Professor Cynthia Wright, Gender and Sexuality Studies, York University, January 30th, 2014.

“Transnational Organizing Strategies and Justice for Migrant Workers”, Security, Surveillance and Migration Speaker Series, Sociology Department, Brock University, November 22, 2013.

“Temporary Foreign Worker Programs in Canada and Transnational Advocacy” Course: Organizing Diversity and Anti-Discriminatory Practice, Professor Anne O'Connell, School of Social Work, York University, October 28, 2013.

“Transnational and Multipronged Organizing with Migrant Farmworkers,” Course: “Voices of Work, Resistance & Change”, Professor Katherine Nastovski, Labour Studies, McMaster University, November 18, 2013.

“Transnational Labour Organizing or Transnational Social Work” Graduate Course: “Critical Perspectives on Anti-Racism”, School of Social Work, Professor Gordon Pon, Ryerson University, Toronto, October 28, 2013.

“10th Year Anniversary of the Documentary El Contrato: Talk and Screening with director Min Sook Lee, Farmworker Awareness Week, University of Guelph, March 28, 2012.

“Keynote Speech”: Celebrating International Human Rights Day, Latin American Trade Unionists Coalition, OPSEU Office, Toronto, December 9, 2011.

“Migrant Workers & Human Rights” Lecture, Students United in Representation of Latin America (SURLA) Speaker Series, University of Western Ontario, London, October 6, 2011.

“Racialization, Invisibility & Alienation in Rural Ontario: Envisioning Justice for Migrant Farm Workers”, Accessibility Community Equity Committee and the Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto, September 28, 2010.

“El Contrato” presentation,  RAICES-Latin American Cultural Society and Justicia for Migrant Workers-BC, Chilean Housing Co-op, Vancouver, Thursday July 29, 2010.

“Local Food and Food Justice”, Faculty of Environmental Studies, the Foodshed Project, the Community Arts Program, and the Centre for Feminist Research, York University, Toronto, January 19, 2009.

“Migrant Labourers and Gendered Violence in Rural Ontario”, Rural Women Making Change, University of Guelph, ON, November 25, 2009.

“Los desafios del trabajo y la vida de las y los migrantes Mexicana/os  en Canadá”, El Centro de Estudios Rurales, ¨ El Colegio de Michoacán, Michoacán, Mexico, 21 de marzo 2009.

Migración de las Mexicanas en Canadá”, Retos y Perspectivas para las Mujeres en el Siglo XXI, Escuela Nacional de Trabajo Social, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Cuidad de México, 8 de marzo 2007.

El Contrato and the Realities of Mexican and Caribbean Migrant Workers in Canada”, Guest Lecturer with Maya Shapiro, Anthropology Course: “One World, Many Peoples,” Professor Maria-Belen Ordonez, York University, Toronto, November 5, 2007.

“How Can Lawyers Advocate for Migrant Farm workers in Ontario?” Guest Lecturer (with Chris Ramsaroop and Adrian Smith) Course: “Law and Poverty” Course, Osgoode Hall, York University, Toronto, March 23, 2004.

“The Struggles and Realities of Marginalized Workers in the Global Economy” SolidarityWorks Youth Action Project, Centennial College, Scarborough, Thursday, July 8, 2004.

Presentations for Stakeholders

“‘Migrant Dreams’ and Community Solidarity with Migrant Workers”, Hamilton Community Food Centre, Neighbour to Neighbour Centre, Wednesday, November 30, 2016.

“From Rural Ontario to Rural Guatemala: The Impacts of the “4in4out” Rule on Migrant Farmworkers and Their Communities”, 18th National Metropolis Conference: Cities of Migration Conference, Toronto, March 5, 2016.

“Changing the Frame on Migrant Worker Justice through Documentary Praxis" with Min Sook Lee, 18th National Metropolis Conference: Cities of Migration Conference, Toronto, March 5, 2016.

Panel, “Working on the Margins: Perspectives on Migrant Work in Canada”, Annual Conference of the Law Union of Ontario, University of Toronto, February 23, 2013.

“Non-status Farm Workers in Rural Ontario” Eastern Migrant Justice Gathering: Temporary Migration and Human Rights in Canada, Montreal, August 25, 2007.

“Vulnerabilities of Female Migrant Farm Workers from Latin America and the Caribbean in Canada,” FOCAL: The Canadian Foundation for the Americas, Ottawa, May 25, 2011.

“Temporary Visas, Permanent Precariousness? Examining the Policies, Practices and Realities of Temporary Migration to Canada’s Low-Skilled Jobs” (with Dr. Kerry Preibisch), West Block, Parliament Hill, Ottawa, November 24, 2010.

“Making Change with, and for Migrant Women”, Safe, Respectful & Inclusive Workplaces: Stakeholders & Strategies Conference, London, Ontario, May 28, 2009.

“Mexican Migrant Women in Rural Ontario and Rural Mexico”, United Nations, DPI/NGO Briefing: “The Situation of Rural Women: Providing the Tools for Economic Empowerment”, in observance of the First International Day of Rural Women, New York, October 16, 2008.

Workshops for Local Service Providers in Leamington and Virgil, ON with Dr. Kerry Preibisch, “Making Change with and For Migrant Farm Worker Women” July 2008.

Roundtables, Panels and Workshops

“Conversation with Migrant Workers in Canada” (facilitator/discussant) & “Agricultural Sector and Migration Programs, Cross Border View” (panelist), “Global Solidarity from the Ground Up: An Activists’ Cross-Border Exchange”, UCLA Trinational Meeting, Steel Workers Hall, Toronto,  November 30 - December 2, 2016.

“Migrant Dreams” Post-film Discussion, Global Labour Research Centre, York University, October 27, 2016.

“Migrant Dreams” Post-film Discussion, OCAD University, Toronto, October 23, 20016.
“Migrant Dreams” Post-film Discussion, Workers Art and Heritage Centre and Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition, Hamilton, October 14, 2016.

“Community Ethics and Research for Change”. Scholar-Activism Workshop, Brock University, October 13, 2016.

“Changing the Frame on Migrant Worker Justice through Documentary Praxis.”  Migration, Climate, Precarity: Connecting Our Struggles and Strategies, Toronto LabourStart Conference, May 7, 2016.

“Migrant Dreams” Screening and Panel, HotDocs International Film Festival, May 1, 3 & 8 2016. TIFF Bell LightBox and Scotiabank Theatre, Toronto.

“Farm Worker Organizing Across Borders-Washington State, Baja California, Rural Canada.” Labor Notes Conference, Chicago, Saturday April 2, 2016.

Aziz Choudry, Mondli Hlatshwayo, Evelyn Encalada: "Local and Global Perspectives on Contemporary Migrant Workers' Struggles, Global Labour Research Centre, York University, March 24, 2016.

“Organizing Farmworker in Canada: Justice for Migrant Workers”, with Tzazna Miranda Leal, “Tri National Solidarity from the Ground Up: An Organizers Tri-National Exchange”, Institute for Transnational Social Change, UCLA Downtown Labor Center, Los Angeles, USA, December 4-6, 2015.  

“Food Justice Equals Labour Justice” Food Justice Panel, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, November 24, 2015.

Panel, “Race to the Bottom: Canada’s Low Wage Labour Strategy”  Ryerson Social Justice Week, Sponsored by the Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy & Ryerson Centre for Immigration Settlement, Ryerson University, October 8, 2013.

Panel, “Possible Futures and Equitable Access to Food” LAND|SLIDE Possible Futures, Markham Museum, September 29, 2013.

Workshop, “Exploring Migrant Worker Narratives”, OPIRG-DisOrientation, September 23, 2013.

Roundtable, “Art & Power: Cultural Action for Migrant Worker Justice”, Immigration and Settlement: Precarious Futures? RCIS Conference, Ryerson University, May 16, 2013.

Panel, “Borders Crossed: Migration, Temporary Workers and Undocumented Migrants”, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, January 22, 2013,

El Contrato 10th anniversary screening and public discussion; Documentary Organization of Canada, Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto, August 28, 2012. 

Transnational Organizing with Migrant Farm Workers “Workers’ Struggles Amidst Neoliberal Globalization”, Counterspin Secretariat (Congress of Progressive Filipino Canadians & allies), Toronto, August 11, 2012.
“Taking the Revolutionary Road: Heightening Women’s Resistance Against Neoliberalism”: Forum by the Philippine Women Centre of Ontario to Celebrate International Women’s Daywith Cecilia Diocson, Executive Director of the National Alliance of Philippine Women in Canada, Rachel Gorman, Professor at York University and Tania Das Gupta, Professor at York University, March 8, York University &  March 9th University of Toronto, 2012.  

Workshop Delivered to Live in Caregivers, “Justice for Migrant Workers: Organizing across the City and Countryside,” Caregiver Action Centre--Peer Leaders Training, April 2011.

“Organizing in an Era of Precarious Work" Organized by Justice for Migrant Workers, Labour Caucus of the Greater Toronto Worker's Assembly, Migrante and No One is Illegal, Ryerson Student Centre - Oakham House: December 9, 2010.

Community Roundtable with Maquiladora Women Workers and Migrant Farm Worker Women to Canada: “Organizing from the Maquiladoras to the University: Dialogue and reflections among women workers, Facultad de Derecho y Ciencias Sociales Benemerita Universidad de Puebla, Puebla, Mexico, February 19, 2010.

“The Activist Researcher and the Ways We Delude Ourselves in Academe”, Global South Symposium, York University, Toronto, November 30, 2007.

Rural Women Making Change Workshop, “Sexual Harassment, Prevention and Response” for Migrant Farmworker Women and Men, ACAS Migrant Workers Health Fair, July 2009.

Workshop for and with Maquila Workers with and at the Centro de Apoyo al Trabajador: The Bandana Project: Understanding and Ending Sexual Violence and Harassment at Work”, Puebla, Mexico, April 19, 2009.

Research Findings Report Back Workshops and Dialogue with Mexican Migrant Farm Worker Women in Rural ON with Dr. Kerry Preibisch, Leamington and Virgil ON, July 2008.

Roundtable with No One Is Illegal-Toronto: “Walls, Home and Land: Building the Migrant Rights Movement in Canada”, 8th Annual Critical Race and Anticolonial Studies Conference of Researchers and Academics of Colour for Equality (R.A.C.E.), Ryerson University, Toronto, November 16, 2008.

“Gender Perspectives from the Global South” (with Vivian Jimenez) Colloquium on the Global South, York University, Toronto, November 23, 2005.

Workshop for Youth:  “Cyberactivism: The Power of Social Change at Your Fingertips” Horizons of Friendship and Ontario Council for International Cooperation. Cobourg, ON, May 31, 2003.