Life after Universities Without Walls (UWW) can sure be interesting. It can take you to faraway places like Kenya or Barcelona. Or you could land in places a bit closer to home like a lecture hall in Newfoundland or an AIDS Service Organization (ASO) in Guelph. The program can lead to published research in books or scholarly journals on topics ranging from criminalization to housing to sexual health. Or it can lead you back to the classroom to finish off a Master’s or even a PhD.
Whatever the case may be, life after UWW is never dull. In a two-part series, we asked some past fellows what they’re up to these days. Their answers ranged from school to research to their professional lives.
Here is Part One.
Research and Publications
From posters to articles in academic journals to book chapters, past UWW fellows are busy churning out fresh and engaging HIV research. Ciann Wilson (UWW 2.0) contributed a chapter entitled Let’s Talk About Sex and Money – An exploration of economically motivated relationships amongst young Black Women in Canada In TA to Legacy of the Crossing: Life, Death and Triumph Among Descendants of the World’s Greatest Forced Migration, pending publication by Claybridge Media. In 2011, Ciann also published The Impact of the Criminalization of HIV Non-Disclosure on the Health and Human Rights of Black Communities in Health Tomorrow: Interdisciplinarity and Internationality Journal, a publication that Wilson also co-edits.
Adrian Guta (UWW 2.0), who completed his Field Mentoring Placement (FMP) with Dr. Carol Strike and Casey House Hospital, developed a research project which has since been funded and evolved into other projects. These are entitled Exploring the Use of Arts-Based Approaches to Engage Individuals Living with HIV about Harm Reduction, Comparing models for engaging marginalized populations in the conduct of HIV Community Based Research, and At the intersection of clinical ethics and harm reduction: Clinician perspectives on reducing discharges against medical advice for substance using patients living with HIV and Hepatitis C.
In addition to creating new research, past UWW fellows are also presenting their research and sharing their knowledge. Rana Aslanov (UWW 4.0) recently returned from Barcelona, where she presented an e-poster entitled Prevalence of HPV-related malignancies in HIV-HCV co-infected populations at the SEISIDA/AIDSImpact 2013 International Conference, as well as an oral presentation.
At the Housing Summit in Montreal this past September, two past UWW fellows collaborated on a poster. Liam Michaud (UWW 5.0) and Alex McClelland (UWW 1.0) presented a poster entitled What has HIV prevention got to do with it? Housing policy, “socio-sanitary” cleansing & the regulation of drug users and those street-involved in downtown Montreal. In addition, Alex published Research at the medico-legal borderland: perspectives on HIV and criminal law for a website called Somatosphere, as well as an interview with legendary activist Avram Finkelstein for FUSE magazine.
Unlike completed research, many fellows are busy planning out their future research. Angel Serrano Sanchez (UWW 3.0), will focus on the employment trajectories of unauthorized Mexican immigrants living with HIV and the intersection of HIV infection, lack of migratory status and employment.
Geoffrey Maina (UWW 4.0) is in Kenya at the moment collecting data for his thesis.
Jonathan Postnikoff (UWW 5.0) has been working with his field mentors, Sonia Gaudry, Sergio Rueda and others, on drafting a grant proposal and conducting a literature review for the Stigma Index Project. He also accepted a position on the HIV Continuum Collaborative Planning Group in BC, working with health authorities to minimize gaps along the Continuum of Care.
Todd Coleman (UWW 2.0), is busy submitting various papers for publication within the next month or so while Chris Sanders (UWW 2.0) is working on research that investigates the influence of the criminal law on public health HIV prevention policy and counselling practices.