Between the cold weather and the latest public health guidelines, I think most of us began 2022 in a state of hibernation. The good news is that our campus is beginning to open up again. Students, staff, faculty and instructors are getting the chance to reconnect on the outside pathways and in the coffee shops. Like me, I’m sure that you are happy to be returning to campus to connect with people face to face.

I am also excited to introduce our inaugural Associate Dean of Equity and Inclusive Communities, Professor Benjamin Woo. He will begin a three-year term in the Faculty of Public Affairs on July 1, 2022. Professor Woo is associate professor in the School of Journalism and Communication, where he directs the Research on Comics, Con Events, and Transmedia Laboratory ( This is an important addition in the Faculty and one that will undoubtedly be an impetus for exciting changes.

I hope you enjoy this issue of FPA Voices, which features a profile of Member of Parliament Arielle Kayabaga, who is also a student in our Master of Political Management program. Her experience epitomizes FPA’s mandate of building better democracies. We are thrilled to share her experience with you.

Happy reading and wishing you a productive term!

Brenda O’Neill

Dean, Faculty of Public Affairs