Dr. Kaur Mucina shares valuable personal stories of her experiences entering the world of academia as a person of colour and a woman.

About the speaker

Dr. Mandeep Kaur Mucina is a second-generation Punjabi speaking Sikh immigrant born and raised on the unceded territories of the Quw’utsan (Cowichan) people. Mandeep has lived, worked, and developed connections with diverse communities across this nation, recently moving back to Lekwungan territories with her family. Mandeep has worked in the human services sector as a child and youth worker and social worker for 20 years. During this time, she has worked as a child protection worker, violence against women counsellor and has been active in community engagement work with migrant families. Mandeep did her undergraduate degree in child and youth care and has a Masters in Social work from the University of Toronto. Mandeep has also worked as a practitioner, educator, researcher, and community educator in Victoria, Vancouver, Toronto and Halifax. Mandeep is an Assistant Professor in the School of Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria, her research and social justice work focuses on family violence, gender-based violence, understanding the role of trauma in migration, and exploring second-generation immigrant women’s life stories of resistance. Mandeep has in depth experience conducting life histories with racialized women and girls, action based research, and thinking through practice implications for social service workers; furthermore, using narrative inquiry and autoethnography in her research and writing. Mandeep’s future research hopes to explore the intersection between migration, trauma and encounters with child protection for refugee children, youth and families. Furthermore, she will be expanding her research on “honour” related violence by exploring gun/gang violence in the South Asian diaspora.

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