Violette Khammad holds a B.A. degree from King’s University College at Western University. She completed an Honours Double Major in Political Science and Sociology in June 2018. During her academic career at King’s and as a gold medalist, she was recognized for her highest average in the Political Science program as a fourth-year student, and for her highest average in senior-level Sociology courses.
For her undergraduate thesis in Sociology supervised by Dr. Valerie Zawilski, Violette examined the work of international humanitarian organizations, namely the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Médécins sans Frontières (MSF). Her research project centred on two case studies, the Syrian crisis and East Ukrainian conflict. In using content analysis as her methodology, Violette analyzed national newspapers in Russian and Arabic to learn about recipient communities’ responses to each organization’s humanitarian aid and relief efforts, and how allocation of resources varied on the basis of the international community’s response to each crisis respectively.
Violette was also involved in the King’s University College Students’ Council (KUCSC) during her four years at King’s. Her passion for student politics, advocacy, mental health and wellness inspired her to run and successfully hold two executive positions, KUCSC Vice President of Student Affairs and President. During her tenure as President, Violette was responsible for representing the voices of 3,500 students to high-level university administrators, staff, and faculty. Some of her notable Council achievements include adding an Indigenous Representative to the KUCSC in response to the TRC and indigenization of campus; promoting inclusiveness and diversity on campus for all by starting a ‘Get Real King’s’ chapter as a welcoming space for LGBTQ2+ students and allies.
Her research interests include: international law and organizations, humanitarianism, human rights, ethical consumerism and global social governance. Violette had the privilege of conducting research in Paris, Brussels, and Geneva on agenda-setting in international organizations such as World Trade Organization (WTO), Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Her recent participation in the UN Commission on the Status of Women as a delegate with a Canadian-based civil society group, Voices of Women, furthered her interests in international women’s rights and global initiatives in gender equality.