New prof & new major program for Social Justice & Community Studies

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Saint Mary’s University will welcome a new professor this summer in the Department of Social Justice & Community Studies (SJCS). Dr. Rachel Zellars begins her post in July as an Assistant Professor, bringing the Department’s full-time faculty complement to four.

Dr. Zellars has a Ph.D. from the Department of Integrated Studies in Education at McGill University, a Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School, and an MA (magna cum laude) in Africana Studies from Cornell University. She is currently completing a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of History at the University of Vermont.

In its March 27 announcement, the Department said, “Dr. Zellars will enrich SJCS, the University and the region with her interdisciplinary Black feminist work on the living history of slavery, the education of Black children in Canada, gendered and sexual violence, and disability and race, as well as her extensive grassroots and leadership experience in related community work.”

We look forward to welcoming Dr. Zellars to Saint Mary’s in July! You can follow "Dr. Z" in the meantime on Twitter at @rachelzellars.

New Major program 

The Department of Social Justice & Community Studies is also introducing a new Major program and Honours option this year, following approval on January 31 by the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission.  

The Major Program is the first of its kind in the region, offering training in interdisciplinary and intersectional scholarship, informed access to community, and skills for public engagement on key local and global discussions, policy debates and social movements, particularly involving unequal power relations. SJCS graduates develop critical skills in problem identification and definition, research, developing frameworks for analysis, information literacy and effective communication, and strengthening social relationships and networks.

SJCS faculty members are interdisciplinary scholars. The program also includes courses in English, Religious Studies, History, and Atlantic Canada Studies, and students can pair their degree with a range of other majors in the Arts, and minors in Science and Commerce.

For ongoing SJCS updates, follow the Department's web news and its new social media channels: 

·        on Twitter at @DepartmentofSo2, and

·        on Facebook at Social Justice & Community Studies.

Submitted by Marla Cranston, Faculty of Arts.