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Evidence Advocates

Evidence for Democracy’s Evidence Advocates celebrates individuals who demonstrate dedication to promoting evidence-informed decision-making in their communities and beyond. Whether they’re advocating for science, debunking misinformation, or engaging in meaningful dialogue about pressing issues, we want to shine a spotlight on their outstanding efforts.

Karine Coen-Sanchez

Evidence Advocate, May 2024

Meet previous Evidence Advocates
April 2024

Gideon Mordecai has worked closely with communities to amplify their voices in public policy, and actively engaged with policy-makers to advocate for an overhaul of federal fishery science advice processes.

March 2024

Judith Leblanc was nominated for her bravery in advocating for important issues at the DFO. She helped to develop Scientific Integrity policies, and improve working conditions for scientists.

Evidence for Democracy is thrilled to present the Evidence Advocate winner for May 2024 — Karine Coen-Sanchez!

Karine was nominated for driving change and breaking down barriers for the next generation of Black and racialized students. She has worked tirelessly with university administrations in Ontario to highlight key issues related to systematic racism in academia, and she works with many organizations to deliver workshops, learning circles, and teaching materials that center new ways of learning. She is driven to bring forth change in administrations through informed governance at school boards, universities and funding organizations. Read about Karine’s many contributions below.

About Karine Coen-Sanchez:

Karine Coen-Sanchez is a PhD candidate at the University of Ottawa. She is the founder of the Student Anti-Racism Association at the Faculty of Social Sciences and the co-founder of the Black Mentorship Program at the University of Ottawa. Karine has partnered with the Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) to create spaces and develop workshops for students and professors to learn, share, and strengthen their social positionalities in academic institutions.

As the Co-Chair for the SSHRC Advisory Committee addressing Anti-Black Racism, Karine authored a report aimed at addressing systemic issues in bursary applications. She has organized a series of panel discussions for Black and racialized students and professors across Canadian universities, fostering critical conversations and networking opportunities.

Karine also worked with L’Association Canadienne pour la Promotion des Héritages Africains (ACPHA) to foster dialogue and highlight the work of Afro-descendant youth across the National Capital and their school officials. She developed an inclusivity statement for professors to use in their syllabi, promoting a more inclusive and equitable academic environment.

Recently, Karine partnered with the Ottawa Carleton School Board to create, develop, and administer anti-racist workshops for school-age children. She has also led, organized, and developed micro-credit workshops for undergraduate students, equipping them with essential skills for their academic and professional journeys.

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