Vanessa Oliver

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Associate Professor Graduate Faculty, Social Justice and Community Engagement Faculty of Liberal Arts Youth and Children's Studies Waterloo, Ontario voliver@wlu.ca Office: (519) 756-8228 ext. 5690

Media Relations

Claire Bruner-Prime
Communications and Media Relations Officer
cprime@wlu.ca
(519) 884-0710 ext. 3684

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Media Relations

Claire Bruner-Prime
Communications and Media Relations Officer
cprime@wlu.ca
(519) 884-0710 ext. 3684

Lori Chalmers Morrison
Director: Integrated Communications
lchalmersmorrison@wlu.ca
(519) 884-0710 ext. 3067

Graham Mitchell
Director: Communications & Issues Management
gmitchell@wlu.ca
(519) 884-0710 ext. 3070

Brantford Campus:

Beth Gurney
Associate Director: Communications & Public Affairs
bgurney@wlu.ca
(519) 884-0710 ext. 5753

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Bio/Research

I received my PhD from York University in 2010, my MA from Queen’s University in 2005, and my HBA from the University of Toronto in 2003. I was also a CIHR ACHIEVE postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Research on Inner City Health at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. Before joining the Laurier ...

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Bio/Research

I received my PhD from York University in 2010, my MA from Queen’s University in 2005, and my HBA from the University of Toronto in 2003. I was also a CIHR ACHIEVE postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Research on Inner City Health at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. Before joining the Laurier community in 2013, I was an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Mount Allison University.

My research engages and works with youth on community-based, arts-informed research around Indigenous sovereignty, sexual health education and the social determinants of health. In 2013, I published a book with University of Toronto Press titled Healing Home. I have also published widely on health promotion with Indigenous youth, sex education, and the experiences of youth facing homelessness.

I was a co-investigator on the CIHR-funded Taking Action for Youth research project, which worked with Indigenous youth over the course of 6 years to develop Indigenous leadership capacity in HIV prevention. I also received a CIHR Planning Grant to complete the Sex Ed North project, which engaged Indigenous youth in re-envisioning sexual health services in Denendeh (North West Territories).

Since 2015, I have been focusing on the #TAG: Transformation. Action. Graffiti Project, a three-year project funded by SSHRC and CIHR, with the generous support of Six Nations of the Grand River. #TAG was an Indigenous-led research project that worked with youth to create beautiful graffiti murals in Six Nations and at the Laurier Brantford campus.

Most recently, I am a part of a SSHRC-funded research team that is working with teachers to study the importance, implementation and rollout of the 2015 sex education curriculum.


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