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Chanel Fortin

Coordinated Accessibility Strategy, Student Accessibility Champion Coordinator

Degrees:Honours Bachelor of Arts Honours in Sociology Student with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies.

Chanel’s role consists of supporting with the development, planning, and execution of the Accessibility Institute’s Student Accessibility Champions Initiative. This initiative aims to empower student participants to envision and apply career possibilities beyond academics and champion accessibility and disability rights in all settings. Chanel also supports the implementation of the Coordinated Accessibility Strategy.

Chanel is a 4th year undergraduate student in her Bachelor of Arts Honours in Sociology. She is also in the social justice stream and taking a minor in women’s and gender studies. Throughout her degree, Chanel has written countless essays and conducted qualitative research projects on topics like digital activism and feminist movements, the role of education in reconciliation with Indigenous peoples in Canada, and media outlets and the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests. Currently, Chanel is working on a community engaged group project in partnership with the Disability Justice Network of Ontario to bring awareness to the negative impacts the expansion of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) has had on the lives of incarcerated folks with disabilities.

Before joining the Accessibility Institute, Chanel worked in a co-op placement for 16 months at Carleton’s Career Services. As the Student Employment Programs Assistant, she was responsible for creating and maintaining relationships with stakeholders, coordinating the Job Shadow program, administrating the Accessible Careers Transitions (ACT) program, and co-creating the ACT to Employ Resource hub on Brightspace. Chanel has also worked as a Research Assistant for her sociology professor Dr. Tonya Davidson, to create and implement museum field trips for her Urban Sociology course