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My name is Jade Crimson Rose Da Costa (they/them/she/her) and I am a gender nonbinary queer woman of colour scholar, community organizer, creative writer, and educator across Central Southern Ontario. I am also a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Guelph with a PhD in Sociology from York University. My research, teaching, organizing, and art converge on topics of race and racism, queer and trans belonging, feminism, critical pedagogy, literary and cultural studies, critical health studies, and social justice. My PhD dissertation, From Racial Hauntings to Wonderous Echoes: Towards a Collective Memory of HIV/AIDS Resistance, specifically explored how to help mobilize a collective memory of HIV/AIDS resistance that confronts the historical erasure, or whitewashing, of Queer and Trans, Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (QTBIPOC) activists from mainstream remembrances of the movement within and around the city colonially known as Toronto. I formulated this goal with the desire to enable younger and future generations of QT/BIPOC activists, advocates, and organizers to better connect with the region’s rich and ongoing history of non-white HIV/AIDS activisms. I am also the founder and Editor-in-Chief of New Sociology: Journal of Critical Praxis, a graduate journal conceived by and for non-white, queer, trans, disabled, and/or woman students, activists, and creatives, as well as the curator of Erotic Pedagogy: an online resource designed to help PK-12 educators develop intersectional, anti-colonial, and anti-racist sexual education lesson plans, funded by SOGI UBC. Beyond academia, I am a cofounder of The People's Pantry, a food justice mutual aid group that feeds families from Tkaronto to the Haldimand Tract, and the founder of Paper Roads, a traveling library for folx living in or around the southwest border of the GTHA. My postdoctoral research project, Beyond The Pandemic: A Grassroots Exploration of Food Justice in the Era of COVID-19, combines my academic and community work to identify pathways towards addressing the rise of food insecurity among racialized and Indigenous communities within Ontario. 

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