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Community Organizing

HIV/AIDS Resources & Community Health (ARCH)

Co-Vice President, Board of Directors

ARCH provides anti-oppressive, sex-positive, inclusive care, treatment and prevention services inthe area of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted blood-borne infections through innovative healthpromotion strategies and community engagement. Learn more at your website:

Erotic Pedagogy: QTBIPOC Sexual Education

Curator and Principal Investigator

An open access Sex Education Instagram page featuring QTBIPOC, funded by SOGI UBC Research to Practice Microgrant Program. Forthcoming, the page will feature storytelling videos of QTBIPOC in Tkaronto, the GTHA, and Tri-Cities-Guelph, in addition to infographics on how to develop anti-racist LGBTQ inclusive sex ed lesson plans. 

Paper Roads: A Traveling Library

Founder and Executive Director

Paper Roads is a grassroots traveling social justice library that delivers books for loan to low-income, racialized, and Indigenous communities in Oakville, Burlington, Milton, Attiwandaronia (Hamilton), Guelph, and the Haldimand Tract (the Tri-Cities), completely free of charge, while also supporting local QT/BIPOC authors and bookstores. To volunteer, donate, or loan books, click here

The People's Pantry 

Cofounder and Leader

The People’s Pantry brings food, groceries, and community connection, free of charge, no questions asked, to those experiencing food insecurity and poverty as a result of white supremacy, anti-Black racism, racial capitalism, settler colonialism, whorephobia, transphobia, sexism, queerphobia, and the many other systems of violence that kill and let die marginalized communities in Toronto/Three Fires Territories and beyond. To learn more, click here

New Sociology: Journal of Critical Praxis 

Founder and Editor-in-Chief 

New Sociology is a peer reviewed, academic journal organized and maintained by Femme, Queer, Trans and Racialized sociology graduate students at York university. Read our latest issue or submit to our journal here. 

Select Public Sociology & Media Appearances 

Da Costa, J. (2022, July 20). “Number of volunteers dropping just as demand is spiking, Toronto community groups warn”. [CBC Interview]. Available here.

Da Costa, J. (2022, March 16). ‘Solidarity, not charity': Mutual Aid Groups Created in Response to COVID-19 are Still Helping Food Insecure Torontonians Post-Pandemic". [The Green Line Interview]. Available here.

Da Costa, J. (2021, May 20) ‘Solidarity, not charity’: The People’s Pantry connects volunteer cooks with those experiencing food insecurity in the GTA [Toronto Star Interview]. Available here.

Da Costa, J. (2021, April 12). Ep. 007 The People’s Pantry [Atlas of Resistance Podcast]. Available here.

Da Costa, J. (2021, Sept 23). The People’s Pantry [Vimeo Documentary]. Available at:

Da Costa, J. (2020, Oct 20). Reasons to Love Toronto. No. 1: Because our home chefs are feeding the hungry [Toronto Life Feature]. Available at: here.

Da Costa, J. (2020, June 3). ‘The People’s Pantry’ Gives Free Food to Torontonians Experiencing Food Insecurity [HuffPost Canada Interview]. Available here

Da Costa, J. (2020, March 7). Re: Framing Gender Exhibition [Trans Fashion Exhibition Interview]. Available here.

Most Recent Invited Talks

Da Costa, J. (2022). “Erotic Pedagogy: Sex Education by and for QTBIPOC.” SOGI UBC Research to Practice Microgrant Program 2022 Conference, University of British Columbia, May (Digital Panel). 

Da Costa, J. (2022). “Wealth Inequality.” YLI (Session 2&3), DAREarts, May (Digital Panel). 

Da Costa, Jade Crimson Rose. (2021). “Food justice, Sovereignty, and Security.” Victoria College Sustainability Commission, Toronto, ON, March (Digital Panel). Available here.

DeGrey, T., Aiello, D., Da Costa, J., and Turner, L. (2021). “Mutual Aid Panel.” Studies in National and International Development, Queens University, February (Digital Panel).

Most Recent Conference Presentations

Da Costa, J. (2022). “Beyond the Archive: Affective Memory and the Deimperialization of AIDS Activism.” Archives and Emotions, virtual conference, October. 

Da Costa, J. (2022). “The Periphery Within: How Canada Biomedicalized HIV Prevention by Forgetting Racialized and Indigenous People.” Reactions to HIV/AIDS since the 1980s: Transnational and comparative history perspectives. University of St Andrews, August. 


Da Costa, J. (2022). “A Political Activist Ethnography of Tkaronto-Based Food Justice Responses to COVID-19.” Society for the Study of Social Problems Global Outreach Conference, Virtual, May. 

Da Costa, J. (2022). “Learning out of Place: Rethinking Space, Affect, and Whiteness in Academia.” Engaged: Reimaging Ties Between Society, Place & Environment. The University of Guelph (virtual conference), April. 

Da Costa, J. (2022). “The Periphery Within: How Canada Biomedicalized HIV Prevention by Forgetting Racialized and Indigenous People.” Reactions to HIV/AIDS since the 1980s: Transnational and comparative history perspectives, University of St Andrews, August. 

Da Costa, J. (2022). “Theory is a Luxury: Poetizing Queer and Trans Studies Beyond the White Canon.” The Sexuality Studies Association’s Annual Conference, virtual, May. 

Da Costa, J. (2022). “Plastic Findings: PostCOVID and the Cooptation of Mutual Aid in Canada.” Medusa Conference, University of Toronto (virtual), March. 

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