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Community Organizing

Erotic Pedagogy: QTBIPOC Sexual Education

Curator and Principal Investigator

An open access Instagram page designed to help PK-12 educators decolonialize sex ed, funded by SOGI UBC's Research to Practice Microgrant Program. The page features storytelling videos of QTBIPOC across Tkaronto, the GTHA, and Tri-Cities-Guelph, in addition to infographics on how to decolonialize sexual education lesson plans. 

The People's Pantry: Mutual Aid Group  

Cofounder and Leader

The People’s Pantry provides food and groceries, 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 within 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 by and for femme, queer, trans, racialized, and Indigenous authors, creatives, and students. Read our latest issue or submit to our journal here. 

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 Halton, Hamilton, Guelph, and the Haldimand Tract, completely free of charge, while also supporting local QT/BIPOC authors and bookstores. To volunteer, donate, or loan books, click here

Canadian Association for Food Studies 

Board of Directors 

Founded in 2005, the Canadian Association of Food Studies (CAFS) aims to support critical and interdisciplinary scholarship and practice across the many issues that food systems comprise. Learn more here

Select Public Sociology & Media Appearances 

Banerji, A., & Da Costa, J. (2023, November 11). Still Brazen Episode 4: “‘I Don’t Want to Be Pretty, But I Do Want to Be Brown’: Anurima Banerji and Jade Da Costa in Conversation about Constructing South Asian Femme-ness through Poetry [Center of Feminist Research Podcast]. Available here

Da Costa, J. (2023, May 16). Sexuality Studies for Critical Classrooms and Mutual Aid with Jade Crimson Rose Da Costa and Amanda Selvaggi S3ep1[Sexuality Studies Spotlight Podcast]. Available here.


Da Costa, J. (2023, January 28). The pandemic prompted people to care for their neighbours like never before. What’s next for mutual aid groups? [Globe and Mail Interview]. Available here. 

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. (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.

Upcoming and Recent Conference Presentations & Panels

Cavanaugh, L., Da Costa, J., Stapleton, S., & Sun, C. (2023). Wayward Futurities and Dream Mapping. Disability Arts and Crip Futurities in Canada, Trent University, October. 

Da Costa, J. (2023). Collective Memory, Historical Whitewashing, and HIV/AIDS Activism: A Methodological Exploration. Annual Meeting of the Canadian Sociological Association Conference, Toronto, ON, June

Brightwell, L., Cavanaugh, L., Da Costa, J., Schwartz, A; Yoon, J.T., Osei, C. (2023). Critical Femininity Studies: A Roundtable on Current Questions and New Directions. The Sexuality Studies Association’s Annual Conference, Toronto, June.

Da Costa, J. (2023). Erotic Pedagogy: Anti-Racist Sexual Education. Interdisciplinary Conference: 30 Years of Stone Butch Blues–Memories and Visions. Virtual, May.

Panel Organizer

Aboubakar, H., Da Costa, J., Drapeau-Bisson, M-L., & Marois, S. (2024). Remember the Bad Times: Collective Memory and Crisis. Annual Meeting of the Canadian Sociological Association Conference, Montreal, ON, June.


Aboubakar, H., Da Costa, J., Drapeau-Bisson, M-L., & Marois, S. (2024). Methods, Ethics and Affects in Memory Studies. Annual Meeting of the Canadian Sociological Association Conference, Montreal, ON, June.


Anane-Bediakoh, B. & Da Costa, J. (2024). Abject Psyche: Race in Psychoanalysis and Affect Theory. Annual Meeting of the Canadian Sociological Association Conference, Montreal, ON, June


Da Costa, J. & Roman Alfaro. A. (2024) Hunger Pains: Food Justice in (Times of) Crisis. Annual Meeting of the Canadian Sociological Association Conference, Montreal, ON, June.

Select Invited Talks

Da Costa, J. (2023). “Wealth Inequality.” Youth Lead Impact Workshop Series with Thrive Youth (Session 3), Youth Development Canada, April 19 (Digital Panel). 

Da Costa, J. (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).


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