Cassandra Bangay has worked with refugees and displaced people groups since she graduated from her undergraduate degree in Peace and Conflict Studies in 2013.
She taught English to families fleeing Myanmar and Central Africa who had recently arrived to the Southern United States as refugees, worked for a human rights advocacy organization based in Santander Colombia, and most recently has been a part of the team at Reception House Waterloo Region (the local organization that supports Government Assisted Refugees), where she coordinated programs designed to connect newcomers to members of the broader community. She has experience in program and volunteer coordination, project evaluation, and database management. She will have her first written work for the Family Portrait Project published in September 2018.
Cassandra is also engaged in solidarity and reconciliation work with First Nations communities, volunteers at the local federal women’s prison and plays soccer.
She holds an Honours Degree and a Global Experience Certificate from the University of Waterloo, and completed the Semester at Sea Program at the University of Virginia.