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Gloria DeSantis

Associate Professor
Sabbatical Leave

Office: CL 327
Phone: 306-585-5066
Fax: 306-585-4815

Research interests
My research interests focus on nonprofit sector advocacy in Canada, social justice, qualitative research, participatory action research, community engagement in public policy, knowledge creation from the ground up and the geographic analyses of nonprofits and their social justice work.

Courses taught:

JS 100 Introduction to Justice; JS 280 Introduction to Social Justice; JS 384/NSLI 320 Advocacy Strategies; JS 381 Human Rights; JS 383 Social Movements; JS 310 Food, Hunger & Social Justice; Foundations of the Nonprofit Sector NSLI 200; JSGS 849 Social Economy and Public Policy; JSGS 847 Strategic Planning for Nonprofit and Public Organizations

“Seeking and enabling social justice” is my life work!

Before arriving at the JS Department in 2015, I spent 20 years working/volunteering in social justice-oriented nonprofit organizations.  I held a number of positions including Executive Director, Self Help Centre Manager, Senior Planner and Research Director.  In summary, in my day-to-day work I routinely facilitated community-based processes on initiatives such as needs/capacity assessments, new human service programs and delivery models, and new public policies. I have worked with many groups including homeless youth and adults, immigrants and refugees, people living in poverty, women leaving intimate partner violence relationships, and people who have physical/psychiatric/cognitive disabilities.  Nonprofit organizations were the vehicles through which diverse people met, collectively identified and defined issues, completed research together, defined solutions, and advocated for implementation of those proposed solutions.  

I have undergraduate degrees in community psychology and human geography.  I also have a Master's degree in Regional Planning.  My PhD is in Interdisciplinary Studies.  I am excited to have released my first co-edited book in 2017, The Shifting Terrain:  Nonprofit Policy Advocacy in Canada (MQUP) with my colleague, Dr. Nick Mulé.