Dina is a sociologist and a knowledge broker who is driven by social justice, partnership development, and research innovation. Her research passion lies in the intersection of critical theory and reflexive methodology and is driven by community-engaged scholarship and anti-oppressive practices.
From co-designing and implementing a provincial study on food security with the University of Saskatchewan’s Faculty of Public Health to co-creating a knowledge mobilization strategy with the Refugee Research Network, the skills and experiences Dina has acquired over the past 8 years have honed her versatility and resourcefulness working with communities across disciplines, sectors and geographical locations.
Dina joined the CCBR team at the tail end of 2022 as a Senior Researcher to renew her commitment to decolonizing and democratizing knowledge and building genuine human connections. As a racialized immigrant woman, she works to bring her training, lived experience as well as humility and curiosity to learn and co-create with others while retaining an equity, diversity, inclusion, and reconciliation lens to all aspects of the work.
Being a mother of three young boys, Dina enjoys reading and learning about the world through her children's eyes. This includes endless visits to the Science Centre, the Zoo, and the local library as well as not giving up on her mediocre artistic skills. She also enjoys traveling with her family, trying new food, and, if allowed, some quiet time with a book or a good show.