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Faculty Profiles

Bethany Osborne

Bethany Osborne

Professor, School of Community Studies

Office: B334, Faculty of Applied Health and Community Studies, Trafalgar Campus
Phone: (905) 845-9430 Ext. 5972

Bachelor of Arts (Honours), English and Creative Writing - York University
Masters of Arts, Adult Education and Community Development; Collaborative Program in Women and Gender Studies - Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto
PhD, Adult Education and Community Development - Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto

Dr. Bethany J. Osborne has been teaching in the School of Community Studies at Sheridan College since 2015. Bethany is an innovative educator and researcher with over 20 years of experience building and engaging diverse communities. Over her career, she has worked with non-profit organizations as a researcher, educator and consultant, enjoying a key role in supporting community transformation through innovative and creative program and project design, grant writing, and working with leadership to develop dynamic learning communities. Bethany has worked extensively with different immigrant and refugee groups. Over the last decade, she has focused her research on women’s experiences of state violence, focusing on forced migration, precarious immigration status and incarceration. She is particularly interested in the impact that violence has on learning, and how communities impacted by violence can be rebuilt. Bethany is committed to Participatory Action Research and Arts Based Research and uses creative modes to engage the communities she is working with. Since coming to Sheridan, Bethany’s research has been shaped through different community needs and partnerships. Recently funded research includes: Halton Region Youth In/At Risk: Bridging the Gaps (with Ferzana Chaze); and In Our Voices: Sheridan Indigenous Community and Allies (with Ferzana Chaze and Elijah Williams).

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