Karine Coen-Sanchez, Doctoral Candidate, Honored for Her Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Faculty of Social Sciences
Awards and recognition
The University of Ottawa has recently honored one of our faculty students, Karine Coen-Sanchez, by awarding her the prestigious 2023 President's Award in the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion category. This award recognizes not only her leadership skills but also her deep commitment to raising awareness within the university community about crucial issues of inclusion and mutual understanding.

Karine has distinguished herself through her innovative research and approach focused on BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) academic communities at the University of Ottawa and other academic institutions in Canada. Her work has shed light on the challenges and systemic inequalities faced by these communities, while offering pathways to solutions for a more just and equitable future.

Karine's impact extends far beyond the university walls. Her unwavering determination to investigate systemic racism in academia and beyond has laid the foundation for future generations and contributed to building stronger, more united communities.

Upon receiving this award, Karine humbly reminds us: "There is no individual success - I stand on the shoulders of my ancestors and the collective effort of everyone who supported my vision." These words resonate as a powerful message of hope and solidarity, highlighting the importance of collective effort in the fight for equity and inclusion.

The recognition of Karine Coen-Sanchez by the University of Ottawa is a poignant testament to her steadfast commitment to a more inclusive and equitable future. She is a source of inspiration for all and a living proof that positive change is possible through passion, perseverance, and collaboration.