Monica Batac is a PhD candidate in the School of Social Work, a dedicated and inspiring leader whose initiative has had a direct and positive impact on undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff at McGill. More specifically, through her lived experience, she has envisioned new ways of building community for and with racialized students at the university. This has included a dynamic vision for creating the types of spaces that nourish and sustain racialized students on campus and across the larger Montreal community. Both collaborative and community-driven, her most important contribution at McGill has been envisioning and coordinating the first North American academic-community gathering of Filipinas, with over 200 participants including Filipina feminists she has long-admired. Alongside a group of eight undergraduate student mentees, Monica has co-created the very spaces where racialized students, faculty, and community members can find community and in turn see themselves reflected back at McGill.
We are thrilled that Monica was selected for this highly prestigious award, a wonderful recognition of her amazing work.
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