UWW amazing undergrad student/volunteers

Our undergrads are super dynamic people going places.

We want you to meet them!


2018 – 2019

Julie Usih

Julie Usih is completing an Honours Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and a double minor in History and Equity Studies at University of Toronto. Currently, Julie is working on a literature review at the Centre of Urban Health Solutions within St. Michael’s Hospital to document the best practices to assess the training of Peer Researchers in HIV (PRAs). She is also creating a digital guideline on key steps to train peer researchers as per UWW’s support framework. Julie’s research background includes working for projects that critically assess the black experience within the Canadian school system, and re-imagining the possibilities of Western academia and community-building through the lens of African-Indigenous philosophy. Julie plans on pursuing a Masters of Education and continuing work that reduces barriers in healthcare and education.

James Tavares

James is on a MA on Critical Disability Studies at York University. He completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts at the University of Toronto, double majoring in Anthropology and Equity Studies. As a research volunteer for the Centre for Urban Health Solutions, James co-authored a paper on how to best support peer researchers living with HIV. James coordinates the monthly “Better Than Ted: Talking HIV Research” series which invites community members, healthcare professionals, and members of AIDS Service Organizations (ASO) to learn about various HIV research topics. When he is not learning how to fail new cooking recipes, James enjoys looking at photos of dogs on Google.

Nora Sahel-Gozin

Nora is an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto who shares a passion for improving health in cities and reducing barriers that restrict individuals from accessing health care. In the course of her studies, Nora has volunteered at various hospitals, she has been a team leader for Doctors Without Borders, and worked as a research assistant on projects which seek to improve equity among racialized women living with HIV/AIDS. Nora plans to attend medical school and fulfill her dream of becoming a plastic and reconstructive surgeon. In the UWW/Centre for Urban Health Solutions, Nora conducted a literature search on patient-provider communication to support the production of an upcoming UWW eLearning module.

Charmaine Nyakonda

Charmaine is a Jon. S. Dellandrea scholar at the University of Toronto completing an Honours Bachelor of Science with a double major in Neuroscience & Health studies. She hopes to combine her in classroom experience, community engaged learning and asset-based community development to pursue a career in either Neurosurgery or Public Health Policy as both a researcher and an educator. Currently a research volunteer at CUHS from September 2018 – March 2019, conducting a literature review looking into the current English based interventions to reduce stigma to get tested for HIV. She hopes to use the information she gathers to create an audio-visual tool to reduce HIV stigma for the UWW website. Charmaine enjoys writing poetry, dancing and freelance writing for the Varsity school paper.

Amanda Chinemelu

Amanda recently graduated from the University of Toronto with a specialist degree in Health Studies. In 2017 she is working as a volunteer engagement coordinator at Women’s Health in Women’s Hands and also as a SNAP facilitator at Planned Parenthood Toronto. Amanda will continue her studies to become a Naturopathic doctor and pursue a Master’s in Education and Public Health. Starting 2017, Amanda is a student researcher at Universities Without Walls in the Centre for Urban Health Solutions where she is organizing the community chat series “Better than Ted: Talking HIV Research,” helping to produce bi-weekly podcasts on issues related to HIV, and manualize the how-to guidelines to train Peer Researchers in community based research in HIV. In her spare time, Amanda cooks and reads African history.