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Program Advisory Council

Our Advisory Council links our Department to the wider community. The Council is made up of leaders from various fields. Together, they bring to the program, a unique combination of interests, experiences, skills and perspectives.

Cathy Crowe
Nurse, Educator, Activist

Cathy Crowe is a long-time street nurse working in the area of social justice nursing. She is a frequent guest lecturer and commentator on subjects related to advocacy, activism and social justice. Cathy has been the recipient of numerous awards including four honourary Doctorates in Law, Science and Nursing, an international Human Rights Award and the prestigious Atkinson Economic Justice Award. Cathy is also a ground-breaking author (Dying for a Home: Homeless Activists Speak Out) and documentary filmmaker (Home Safe Calgary, Home Safe Toronto).  Her work is the subject of a moving documentary,Street Nurse. Cathy’s website is

Margrit Eichler
Professor Emerita, Department of Sociology and Equity Studies in Education
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto

Margrit Eichler is Professor Emerita of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto. Her many publications deal with feminist, environmental, methodological and policy issues. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and of the European Academy of Sciences. Currently, she is involved in writing a play about climate change, and she serves as Secretary of Science for Peace, along with other voluntary activities.

Michele Landsberg
Author and Journalist
Retired Columnist, The Toronto Star

Michele Landsberg is an author and social justice activist. Her feminist column was a popular favourite in The Toronto Star for almost 25 years, and three of her books have been best-sellers. Michele has been honoured by the Person’s Medal, is an Officer of the Order of Canada and has received an honorary doctorate from Ryerson, in additional to those from five other universities. She is married to Stephen Lewis and has three grown children and four grandchildren.

Uzma Shakir
Director, Equity, Diversity & Human Rights
City of Toronto

Uzma Shakir is the Director of Office of Equity, Diversity & Human Rights. She has been a community-based researcher, advocate and an activist. She is the past Executive Director of Council of Agencies Serving South Asians (CASSA) and the South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario (SALCO). From 2008-2010 she was an Atkinson Economic Justice Fellow and an Adjunct Professor, Department of Geography and Programme in Planning, University of Toronto. Her work focuses on issues of race, erosion of civil liberties & critical multiculturalism.

Hassan Yussuff 
Secretary-Treasurer, Canadian Labour Congress

Hassan Yussuff has come from the factory floor of automotive manufacturing plants to the second-highest position in the country’s labour movement. Hassan has a long history of remarkable achievements, becoming the CLC’s first person of colour elected to an executive position in 1999 as Executive Vice-President. In 2002, he was elected to the first of his four terms as Secretary-Treasurer. Hassan has been a highly-active union leader not only in Canada, but also in the international arena. He was recently elected to a four-year term as president of the Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA), which represents more than 50 million workers belonging to 50 active trade union affiliates in 29 countries, including Canada, the U.S., Brazil and nations in Latin America. TUCA belongs, in turn, to the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), with headquarters in Brussels.