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virtual conference
Sep 23, Sep 30, Oct 7 & Oct 14

Finding a Place
in Evolving Communities

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Lena Phillips

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Lena

Program Manager, Ontario Trillium Foundation

Lena Phillips (she/her), based in tkaronto (Toronto, Canada), currently works at the intersection of philanthropy and equity, supporting grassroots and systems change work being led by and for Indigenous and Black communities. She also works as research assistant at OCAD U exploring creative practice and placemaking; as well as a researcher with Virtual Grounds (a project of Digital Justice Lab and Trinity Square video) where she is exploring digital justice/urban futures. She previously worked in the non-profit sector focusing on food security, arts and culture, and community development. Past projects include youth-led, grassroots organizing for climate justice as well as engaging as a participatory action researcher focused on housing/displacement in London post-2012 Olympics and anti-eviction work in slums/informal settlements in sub-Saharan African cities. Her interests lie in applying African/Afro-centric, Southern and Indigenous epistemologies and urbanisms as a means to critically interrogate dominate Northern/Western theories of urban space. She has a BA from the University of Toronto and an MSc Urban Development Planning from The Bartlett, University College London.

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