Alexandra is a Qualifying Year Master of Social Work student at McGill University (traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinabeg nations). She holds a Master of Arts degree in the Social Dimensions of Health program from the University of Victoria located on Lekwungen and W̱ SÁNEĆ territories. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology, History, and French from the University of Guelph, situated on traditional Attawandaron, Attawandaronk, and Chonnonton territories. Alexandra is a current student member of the Centre for Research on Children and Families (CRCF) at McGill University.
Alexandra has six years of work experience in frontline service provision in a variety of settings including emergency homeless shelters, drop-in harm reduction services, and community health clinics. She has held numerous positions including support worker, case manager, and harm reduction worker and educator.
Alexandra’s research interests include: Harm reduction and youth, substance use, anti-poverty and anti-oppression, decolonization, social determinants of health, community and participatory based research, community mobilization and activism, and trauma and resilience.
For her Independent Student Project (ISP), Alexandra intends to investigate how harm reduction philosophy and approaches can be incorporated into anti-oppressive social work practice in the context of working with youth and young people who use drugs in Tiohtià:ke (Montréal).
Contact: alexandra.holtom [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Email)