Devon Aransevia completed her Honours Bachelor of Arts, at Queen’s University; she graduated with a major in Global Development Studies, a minor in Philosophy, and obtained a certificate in International Studies.
Her first year of university at the Bader International Study Centre in England played a major role in her current interest for studying international development and global governance. During her degree, she has focused largely on issues of race, class, gender, and governance within the Global South; specifically by studying the role of colonialism in Latin America and the Caribbean, its effects even after state independence and the relationship between citizens and the state as a result.
During her last year at Queen’s, Devon served as the co-chair of the Principal’s Implementation Committee on Racism, Diversity and Inclusion (PICRDI). The committee worked along with students, faculty, staff, and community members to create a report to address racism and discrimination at the University. In order to put into effect previous plans for equity and inclusion at Queen’s, the committee worked with equity-seeking groups on campus and held avenues for conversation – especially for those who had historically or institutionally lacked a voice in issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion on and around campus. In this role, Devon was able to learn first-hand, the methods for identifying various possible barriers to the implementation of reports and the skills necessary for working alongside administration in enacting meaningful, contextual and relevant changes to a major institution.
With these experiences, Devon hopes to further study the role of environmental governance and the resort/tourism industry on racialized bodies in the Global South, specifically in Latin America and the Caribbean.