Alumni Profiles

UTM Anthropology Alumni Profiles

Graduates of UTM Anthropology programs can bring their skills and knowledge to a wide variety of fascinating and fulfililng career and further education settings. The following profiles showcase just a few of our outstanding alumni to show what they're up to in 2017-18!


Anthropology HBA Graduates

AimanaAimana Mohamed: Team Assistant for Local Health Integration Network

"I am currently working at the Local Health Integration Network as a Team Assistant. In the fall I will be returning to the University of Toronto to pursue a Master's in Social Work. Anthropology taught me so much more than I could have imagined when I started my major 6 years ago. Anthropology taught me the different structures within our society and the critical role we play in shaping those structures to benefit [most] people. Anthropology reinforced the importance of proactively working towards improving the world around me, sparking my desire to dedicate my career to public service." 

 


Amal: Senior Economist at the Ministry of Finance

Amal"I currently work as a Senior Economist at the Ministry of Finance where I provide support in the development of policy options regarding Ontario's Income Security system. I wouldn't necessarily describe my journey to my current position as conventional,” having moved from my first degree in Sociocultural Anthropology to a Masters of Public Health, and then to a position in the Ministry of Finance. However, I do believe that all these fields are interconnected- a connection I've become particularly attuned to through my undergraduate career at the sociocultural anthropology program at UTM.

My initiation into the world of sociocultural anthropology came with a recognition of the importance of the human experience in creating and understanding worldviews. The program challenged me to take a holistic perspective and see the links between everything. It made me recognize that, for example, one cannot hope to understand people's health needs or experiences without accounting for their economic, social issues, and political ones.

This recognition was what allowed me to move into the space of public health and policy. In my work, I'm reminded everyday of what it means to be an anthropology student: being able to identify interacting linkages and foresee the many potential implications of any action. I really credit the UTM Sociocultural Anthropology stream for sparking this road towards health and socioeconomic policy."

 


RevathiRevathi Moturi: Studying for J.D degree at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law

My name is Revathi Moturi and I am a 2016 graduate from the University of Toronto Mississauga’s Department of Anthropology. I am in the process of attaining my Dual J.D degree at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law. While acquiring a degree in Anthropology, you will read countless ethnographies and write a multitude of papers that allow you to analyze and appreciate the complexity of varying cultures and beliefs; this skill will spill over into your day-to-day life, making your views increasingly holistic. Anthropology was crucial in honing my analytical skills for law school, specifically socio-cultural anthropology. I know many students stress about what a degree in Anthropology can bring to the table, but what you learn in Anthropology is a style of thinking and questioning that is an asset in almost any field.

 


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Steven Zhou: Senior Online Writer for CBC News

Steven Zhou is a journalist who works as a Senior Online Writer for CBC News and as a columnist/editor for The Islamic Monthly. After graduating with an H.B.A. in Social Anthropology from UTM, he received an M.J. (Masters in Journalism) from Carleton University.

“As an independent writer, editor, and journalist, I'm often struck by how much my current work mirrors the skills and methods emphasized by socio-cultural anthropology: structuring interviews, observing individual or group behaviour, paying attention to people's narratives/stories, etc. Writing about society and people today also requires a healthy appreciation for how different individuals of various backgrounds interpret the world differently. These are central lessons that I took from anthropology and that still guide my research and reporting (FB and Twitter: @stevenzzhou).” 

 


Anthropology HBSc Graduates

Marjo Asselsberg: Teacher (High School Science and Social Studies)

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Marjo got her HBSc at UTM in 2014, and her BEd from Queen's University in 2015. She is currently teaching High School Science and Social studies in Calgary, Alberta.

“The art of being a good teacher lies in the ability to connect students with the material in ways that are meaningful to them. Making a learning experience meaningful is definitely easier when you have the ability to understand and appreciate different cultures - what better way to connect a student to the material than by making it relevant to their own way of life? Anthropology has greatly influenced my teaching style and skills, as well as enriching my ability to teach courses such as Social Studies and History in ways that examine cultural and historical evidence. I encourage my classes to draw their own conclusions, rather than just being told what to think and know.

Personally, I feel that I now have a better understanding of who I am and how I fit into society and the world, and that I can make better decisions because of that. My ability to consciously and conscientiously sculpt the world in which I live only exists because of the eye-opening learning experiences I gained from studying anthropology. I encourage every student I teach, whether I'm in a science or social studies class, to take at least one anthropology course so that they, too, can be thoughtful future movers and shakers.