Carly MacArthur graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Arts Honours in International Development with an area of emphasis in Political Economics and Administrative Change. Throughout her academic focus on the global political economy, Carly identified her research interests surrounding ethical consumerism, social enterprise, corporate social responsibility and labour rights. She is interested in exploring the role of global governance in addressing key policy gaps that exist in this field. Carly hopes her research will contribute positively to a career that connects more socially conscious consumerism at home with improved labour rights abroad.
During her undergrad, Carly gained experience working with a variety of non-profit organizations. She coordinated WUSC’s Student Refugee Program for two years to facilitate the transition of sponsored refugee students to the University of Guelph. Carly had the opportunity to participate in the University of Guelph’s first field school to India where she completed a twelve-week course on the ethics of volunteering abroad, followed by a month-long placement working with a local grassroots organization on educational programming in a slum community. This experience was pivotal to fostering Carly’s passion for social justice as she witnessed adverse poverty and the violation of basic human rights while also learning tools to work in solidarity with those you wish to help through collaborative community development. After graduation, she worked for the Peel District School Board We Welcome the World Centres as the Multicultural, Settlement and Education Partnership Assistant to welcome and assist newcomers with school aged children to the Peel region. Carly has also held summer contracts with the Alzheimer Society of Oxford where she worked on fundraising initiatives and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs where she led a project about local food sustainability.