Who we are
Community Engaged Learning works to cultivate your community mindset—a set of attitudes that value the knowledge and expertise of communities, broaden your notion of partnership and relationship-building, and orient your personal, academic and professional lives to serve social change.
Anny Chen is second-generation Chinese-Canadian, strongly shaped by her upbringing as a child of refugees from Southeast Asia. Born in northern British Columbia and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, she continues to live and work in Treaty 1 Territory and is grateful to be involved in community organizing in the city and supporting Indigenous media as part of the Red Rising Collective.
Anny’s love for experiential learning and community engagement started during her work with Katimavik and was nurtured by a Master of Education in adult education and community development. Anny is particularly driven by the need for anti-oppression education and Indigenous and non-Indigenous relations-building, and she believes in the importance of showing up and getting your hands dirty when it comes to building healthy, safe and inclusive communities.
Gera Villagrán was born and raised in Mexico. His family immigrated to Canada in 2006. before settling in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in Treaty 1 Territory, Gerardo lived in Edmonton, Halifax and Toronto.
Gera has a Master of Arts in Philosophy and is especially interested in questions of intergenerational democracy and climate change. Upon finishing his graduate degree, he joined Global Affairs Canada and the Young Lives Research Lab (UPEI) in southern Chile to support the creation of an Indigenous-led intercultural school on the Island of Chiloé.
As a Latin American man, Gera is committed to using his privilege as an academic and Canadian citizen to support the capacity-building goals of vulnerable communities in Latin America. His other passions include minimal running, intelligent electronic music, developing emotional intelligence through mindfulness practice and camping with his dog, Barley.
Nicki Ferland is a Two-Spirit Red River Métis Sundancer from the Lorette and Îles-des-Chênes communities in the heart of the Metis homeland.
Nicki has a background in human, Aboriginal and Indigenous rights; Indigenous and anti-racist education; and Indigenous research. She is completing her Master of Education in Indigenous land-based education at the University of Saskatchewan.