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Kadiatu Barrie

What is your favourite thing about the program?

Before entering this program I had never heard of the term ‘intersectionality’. Now, I analyze everything through an intersectional lens. Kimberlé Crenshaw defines intersectionality as “a lens through which you can see where power comes and collides, where it interlocks and intersects. For example, I am a Black African Muslim Female. Each of those identities creates another roadblock for people like me to succeed in society. My favourite thing about this program was learning different ways to look at a society like taking an epistemic approach and asking the question, how we know what we know, before taking action and creating change.

What will you miss the most?

Moving to Ottawa has blessed me with the opportunity of meeting so many amazing new people. My networking community has expanded, and I will continue to cherish all of the memories created during my four years at Carleton.

Favourite place on campus?

My favourite place on campus is the Richcraft Building a.k.a the River Building. I specifically enjoy the second floor, with the view of the O-train and the river. The lighting here is amazing for anyone who likes to take photos/videos or just enjoys working and looking at a nice view.

What is your favourite reading/book/text from the program?

I never thought I would refer to myself as a bad feminist until I read the book “Bad Feminist”, by Roxanne Gay. This was one of my favourite readings from the program; it taught me that we can continue to call ourselves feminists despite our imperfections. It also challenges readers to think about what the term feminist means to them rather than how society defines it.

What’s next for you?

Currently, I plan on taking the LSATS and then attending Law School.