Alexandra (she/her) is a 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. She is also currently a research assistant (field work placement) with the SHERPA Institut Universitaire.
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: Youth and young people; drug use; harm reduction; drug policy and decriminalization; criminalization and oppression; mental health; decolonization; social determinants of health; structural and critical social work; social work practice and policy; critical discourse analysis; qualitative and mixed methods research; community and participatory based research; community mobilization and activism.
For her Independent Student Project (ISP), Alexandra will use critical discourse analysis to analyze emerging discourses about defunding and abolishing law enforcement and investigate the ways in which social work practice and policy is positioned in relation to this transformation.
Contact: alexandra.holtom [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Email)