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b2B Backpack to Briefcase – Centre for Diaspora & Transnational Studies (Winter 2019)

February 6 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Not sure what to do with your CDTS degree? We’ve got a Backpack to Briefcase (b2B) CDTS Career Panel Discussion for that!

A panel of successful CDTS alumni will discuss their U of T education, the value of their degree, and their pursuit of successful careers. This is a great opportunity for you to network with alumni, faculty and peers to discuss the various avenues you can take in your career after graduation. Bring your questions to ask during the panel discussion or chat more informally after the panel, when food and refreshments will be served! The event will take place at Jackman Humanities Building on Wednesday, February 6  from 12:00pm – 2:00pm


Attending Alumni: 

  • Idil Burale, Policy Resident, The Ontario Cabinet Office
  • Najiba Sardar, Outreach Officer – NDP Cacus, Legislative Assembly of Ontario
  • Alizee  Zapparoli-Bodson, Consultant and Project Manager, Compass Consulting

Moderator and Faculty: 

  • Antonela Arhin (Ph.D), Associate Director, Centre for Diaspora & Transnational Studies, UofT
  • Professor Kevin O’Neill, Director, Centre for Diaspora & Transnational Studies, UofT – (Moderator)


Antonela Arhin (Ph.D), Associate Director, Centre for Diaspora & Transnational Studies, UofT

A strategic partnerships specialist, with over 20 years of experience in higher education, government, NGOs and consulting, Dr. Antonela Arhin is the Associate Director at the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies at the University of Toronto. As a sessional lecturer and a researcher, Dr. Arhin has published and presented widely on the topics of transnational labour exploitation; child migration, child rights and trafficking; human trafficking and smuggling; diaspora, citizenship and identity, and is the co-editor of Labour Migration, Human Trafficking and Multinational Corporations: The Commodification of Illicit Flows (London and New York: Routledge, 2012). Dr. Arhin is the recipient of the 2015-16 Inaugural Sessional Lecturer Superior Teaching Award conferred by the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto, and which recognizes some of the FAS’s most exceptional sessional lecturers for their contribution to undergraduate education. She is also the recipient of the 2000-02 Ron Brown Graduate Fellowship for Public Policy and Administration conferred by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State.

Idil Burale, Policy Resident, The Ontario Cabinet Office

Idil is a passionate change agent. In her day job, she is helping to reimagine the delivery of social services through user-centered systems interventions. In her spare time, she has been a key strategic advisor on a number of local task force committees ranging from the modernization of policing to developing a framework for Toronto’s poverty reduction strategy. She’s been a frequent commentator on urban issues who’s been featured in print, radio, and TV. She brings a critical and intersectional lens to everything she does, by carefully evaluating how the stories we tell (and the ones we choose not to tell) determine how we relate to one another and understand/resolve problems.

Professor Kevin O’Neil, Director, Centre for Diaspora & Transnational Studies, UofT – (Moderator)

A cultural anthropologist with an almost twenty-year engagement with Guatemala City, Kevin Lewis O’Neill is Professor in the Department for the Study of Religion and Director of the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies at the University of Toronto. A member of the Royal Society of Canada, O’Neill is the author of City of God (California, 2010), Secure the Soul (California. 2015), and Hunted (Chicago, 2019) as well as the co-editor of Genocide (Duke, 2009) and Securing the City (Duke, 2009). His articles appear in discipline-specific journals such as Cultural Anthropology and the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute as well as such interdisciplinary points of reference as Critical Inquiry, Comparative Studies in Society and History, Public Culture, and Social Text.

Najiba Sardar, Outreach Officer – NDP Caucus, Legislative Assembly of Ontario

Najiba Sardar graduated from the University of Toronto in 2016 with a double major in Political Science and Diaspora & Transnational Studies. During her time at U of T, she served as the Vice-President Equity at the UTSU from 2014-2015 where she largely focused on anti-racism and anti-sexual violence initiatives. She went on to complete her Master’s degree at McMaster University in Globalization Studies where she wrote her MRP on the local South Asian diaspora, the trajectory of the Gerrard India Bazaar, and the development of a diasporic fashion industry in Toronto. In 2017, she founded the Bangladeshi Youth for Social Justice (BYSJ), a youth organization that seeks to establish transnational activist networks with the global Bangladeshi diaspora to tackle issues that effect Bangladeshis both in the subcontinent and in their local communities. Najiba currently works in the Queen’s Park Legislature for the Ontario NDP. Much of her position includes relationship building through the process of identifying key neighbourhoods and communities across Ontario.

Alizee Zapparoli-Bodson, Consultant and Project Manager, Compass Consulting

Alizee holds an Honours B.A and M.A from the University of Toronto in Diaspora and Transnational Studies and Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations where she specialised on asylum policy, transit migration and refugee integration in Turkey. Her academic and professional pursuits in the realms of migration and education have brought her around the globe. She has studied in China, Israel and Turkey and worked with refugees in Canada, Turkey and Jordan in both an academic and humanitarian capacity. Living in Turkey for the past two and a half years she has worked with a wide range of clients from INGO’s to think-tanks, the Police Academy and the Ministry of Education. She is bilingual in French and English, proficient in Turkish and Spanish and elementary Arabic and Ottoman. Now, back in Toronto Alizee is coordinating the Welcome Talent Canada program, a federally funded program in partnership with Jumpstart Talent and LinkedIn Learning that supports refugees and helps them access resources to find meaningful employment in Canada through mentorship.


February 6
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm