Jenna Ghassabeh: Don Valley West

Jenna Ghassabeh: Don Valley West

Jenna Ghassabeh is a second year Political Studies Major and Health minor at Queens university. She is an active advocate for women’s substantive representation in both the political sphere and academia. Jenna began her career in advocacy at 16 when she began working at an inclusive community centre for people living with disabilities called Variety Village based out of Scarborough, Ontario. After volunteering over 400 Hours at Variety Jenna took interest in advocating for accessibility beyond the centre and did so by working on a campaign at her high school raising over 3000 dollars. Through these roles Jenna took an interest in the importance in adapted sport and had the opportunity to organize a Parasport Ontario fundraising Gala, and to speak about the importance of women’s participation In sport at the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame. She then went on to run a successful grassroots gender equality campaign out of Toronto called Purple Day. This campaign sought to encourage the public education system in Toronto to push for stronger stances on inclusion within the classroom, condemn gendered and sexist language and encourage conversations of feminism in curriculum. Jenna has continued to work advocating for students through her role as the event coordinator with the Provincial Advocacy Committee, student member of the Senate Committee for Academic development, Logistics Director at Queens Female Leadership in Politics and as the Internal Deputy of Academics.