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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
September 30, 2016
Canadian Excellence

PhD Student attends Summer Institute on gender and health

In July Bharati Sethi, a doctoral candidate at the Faculty of Social Work, attended the Institute of Gender and Health Summer Institute which was sponsored by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Participants in the Summer Institute had the opportunity to increase their understanding of methods for health, sex and gender research as well as network with other researchers and mentors from across the country. Forty of the top gender, sex and health graduate students and post-doctoral fellows from across Canada joined seven mentors, all experts in their field, for a week-long training session that culminated in a poster session where trainees presented their research proposal to the group. 
Participants attended lectures and participated in multidisciplinary group activities that addressed a variety of health issues. Bharatiís research used an intersectional research paradigm that recognizes multiple and intersecting issues that impact the health and well-being of racialized women such as race, class, migration, culture and a womanís status in the family to explore how South Asian womenís employment experiences impact their health and well being.
Dr. Olena Hankivsky, one of the mentors at the Summer institute, has expressed interest in Bharatiís work and in involving her in future research efforts.
When asked what prompted her to apply to the Summer Institute Bharati said "Reflecting upon my MSW journey, I realized that like other scholars in Canada I was grappling to integrate the various faces of diversity in my research. The training at CIHR helped provide me with specific tools to implement a rigorous and effective doctoral research design that integrates these multiple sites of oppression and/or privilege."