Ms. Wohlbold is currently a fourth-year PhD (ABD) student in the Department of Law and Legal Studies. Her research project explores the historical trajectory of trans(gender) rights politics in Canada, and how trans activists engage and also rejecting law as a tool of emancipation. Her professional path includes collaborating and providing gender expert advice on international and grassroots projects, working with Status of Women Canada, the Conference Board of Canada and the UNESCO World Conference on Education. She holds a Master’s of Science in Gender from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
She brings strong attributes such as her experience with diversity work as defined by Sara Ahmed (trying to transform an institution while not quite inhabiting the norms of an institution). As such, her work is guided by community-led, anti-oppressive and intersectional frameworks, and by challenging structures that are not built to accommodate the “Other”. She finds satisfaction in energetically confronting though challenges and working collegially to overcome them. She will work with other Board members to create a shared vision for work and learning; build strategic partnerships; sustain Carleton’s progress through continuous improvement; maintain strong ethical standards; and objectively seek answers to questions and challenges as they arise. She feels she can bring many other valuable attributes to this position, such as:
• Leadership – Willing to take risks, be supportive of Board colleagues, and community leaders.
• Multitasking – Organize priorities and schedules to handle multiple tasks, while still maintaining a high level of efficiency
• Effective Communicator – Ability to communicate complex ideas in a simple way; a good listener
• Data Analysis – Ability to analyze and review different and complex types of data
• Team Player – Enjoy meeting new people and working in a group setting to help find common ground
• Diversity Work – Bring knowledge about structural and institutional impediments, such as ableism, racism, sexism, homophobia and transphobia
In addition to maintaining a strong academic standing and engaged involvement in academic life, such as being the Human Rights Officer for CUPE 4600, her personal achievements exceed beyond Carleton University. During her full-time PhD program, her teaching and research assistant positions, she also worked part-time in various positions collaborating and providing gender and LGBTQ12S expert advice on international and national grassroots projects, working with the local NGO’s and Government Ministries such as Status of Women Canada and Public Safety Canada. She has developed strong leadership skills through various volunteer and work opportunities and has gained strong self-management skills by working several jobs at the same time. Her strong academic standing and engaged involvement in academic life as a teaching assistant and SSHRC funded research assistant have strengthened her analytical skills and taught her to work diplomatically and successfully with wide variety of people.
Her research explores the historical trajectory of trans rights politics in Canada, how trans activists are using and also rejecting law as a tool to advance claims for equality.
Ms. Wohlbold was elected for a one-year term commencing on July 1, 2018 and ending on June 30, 2019 by the graduate student body-at-large.