SJES Alumni

MA in Social Justice and Equity Studies

SJES Alumni

Where Graduates are Now

From Master of Arts to Further Studies
Since the founding of Social Justice and Equity Studies in 2002, about half of our graduates have used the program as a springboard for further studies. Nearly half of SJES gradautes go on to enroll in further studies.

A significant number of graduates (30-40 percent) are admitted to PhD programs. Their chosen fields of study have included Canadian Studies, Communications and Culture, English, Geography, Labour Studies, Refugee Studies, Sociology and Women’s Studies. Another 10-20 percent of graduates have entered professional degree programs after completing their MA in SJES.

From Master of Arts to Further Activism, Employment and Careers
The largest fields of employment for our graduates upon leaving the program are the public and non-profit sectors. Approximately twenty percent are now making contributions as consultants, or within government bodies, First Nations agencies, and a variety of nonprofits, including organizations dedicated to public policy analysis, international development, media, literacy, migration, health, violence prevention, and other issues.

Another 15 percent of graduates find work in the university and college sector as consultants, advisors and teachers. The remaining 15 percent enter some type of private sector career, making their marks in ways too varied to summarize.

Alumni in 2014: Where Are They Now?
In a voluntary 2014 suvey that alumni were asked to complete, 55 percent of the survey participants indicated that they were employed full-time, 30 percent of the participants indicated that they were employed part-time, 10 percent indicated that they were full-time students, and 5 percent of the participants indicated that they were not employed, either seeking work, travelling, on leave, or for other reasons.

SJES is a program that nurtures students academically, prepares them professionally, and supports them in their activist interests. After graduating from SJES, alumni continue to be involved in community work, volunteer work, or social activism, with 80 percent of students letting us know of their involvement.

Alumni Testimonials

"SJES helped me hone my critical thinking and research skills. It also helped me learn how to work with diverse groups of people and how to persevere. I learned very useful transferable skills and gained an appreciation for and understanding of various social justice issues."
Kate Williams, Manager, Research Ethics and Compliance, Research Services, University of Calgary

"The open lines of communication between students and administration helped to facilitate a smooth transition into post-graduate work. The professors were open and honest and attempted to break down the barriers that are often perceives by incoming graduate students."
- Douglas Clarke, Doctoral candidate

“The SJES MA program offered me a small, intimate program where I had an incredible amount of one-on-one support with many of the faculty. This kind of learning environment fostered a strong foundation for developing theoretical, methodological and critical analysis skills, which were all incredibly important through the completion of my doctoral work.”
- Allison Burgess, PhD, Sexual & Gender Diversity Officer at the University of Toronto

“Entering the SJES program was a watershed moment for me. It provided a progressive, interdisciplinary entry point for me into academia after a lengthy career in the arts. What I found was a program that honoured the diversity of students from a wide variety of backgrounds while also challenging all of us to work and think exceptionally hard. The strength of the program for me was in the small class sizes and the dedication and commitment of the faculty to close assessment, mentorship and student development. One is unlikely to find a stronger blend of cohesion and diversity, mentorship and independent study outside the SJES program.”
- Aaron Franks, PhD, Research Associate, The Centre for Environmental Health Equity

“The SJES program at Brock University has in many ways been a stepping-stone to greater heights and realizations both personally and professionally. Most importantly, it was through my interactions with my cohort, indeed, with the entire SJES community, that I begun to be really aware of the situational issues around me. I particularly cannot forget the guidance and mentorship that went on even after graduating from the program. The examples of my professors left lasting legacies of what real social justice scholarship and practice is all about. The contributions of such faculty members made the program what it was for me – remarkably inspiring!”
- Maureen Kihika, Doctoral candidate

"In my experience, the SJES MA program deconstructs nuances of social justice and equity. Therefore, students are prepared to be thoughtful, in both the theoretical and practical challenges of the call to making a difference in their respective endeavours." 
- David Sey, SJES 2014 Graduate