Meet 2021 DISE Award Winners

Each year, the Department of Integrated Studies in Education (DISE) at McGill University's Faculty of Education presents awards to graduate students who are making a difference in research and service. We are very pleased to announce that three graduate students from McGill's Language Education program and Plurilingual Lab have won these prestigious awards:

Aisha Barise, PhD student, has won the 2021 DISE Community Engagement Award. Community engagement and social justice are vital components to Barise's academic and non-academic work. Her research advocates for raciolinguistic justice for Black learners in Canadian language education, using plurilingual and anti-racist language pedagogies. Barise's value-based model to Equity Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) motivated her to serve local and peripheral communities as Co-VP EDI at McGill University's Education Graduate Students' Society (EGSS).

Li Peng, MA student, has won the 2021 DISE International Student Excellence in Research Graduate Award. Peng’s research investigates pre- and in-service teachers’ perceptions of plurilingual practices, including affordances and challenges. Her study aims to advocate for plurilingual practices as well as enhance language teachers' understandings of plurilingual instruction and implementation.

Lana F. Zeaiter, PhD student, has won the 2021 DISE Emerging Scholar Award. Zeaiter’s research interests are focused on the role of plurilingualism in preserving immigrants’ identities. She will design, teach and assess a unique plurilingual curriculum in both English and French tailored for immigrants. Then, she will investigate its potential in transformation of immigrant's identity development, empathy and empowerment.

The research projects of these three 2021 DISE Award winners are being supervised by Dr. Angelica Galante. Congratulations and we wish you success in your academic journey!

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