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ECIDS 2023: Peace, Justice, & Contemporary Issues
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The goal of ECIDS is to bring together a cross-disciplinary group of students, academics, activists, professionals, and other leaders from across the Atlantic Region and the globe to see how they can apply technical knowledge to collaborative solutions.

ECIDS acknowledges it is in Mi'kma'ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi'kmaq People.

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Peace, Justice, Conflict, and Development

Many of us have been thinking about the many global conflicts which have lately been at the centre of public attention, but this attention less often focuses on peace. ECIDS 2023 aims to bring students and academics together to share their diverse perspectives on peace and justice. 

Global development studies is highly interdisciplinary, especially so in the realm of peace and conflict. Our conference aims to include voices from academics in development, political science, economics, social justice studies, peace and conflict studies, and our fellow students.



Trinity Gadway

Operations Co-Chair

Trinity is a fourth-year student graduating this May with a BA in International Development Studies, and French and Philosophy minors. Before studying at Saint Mary's University, she volunteered in northern Thailand with a Rustic Pathways project that funds secondary education for rural students. She has worked as a teaching assistant for the Philosophy department and currently works at a local seafood market and restaurant. 


Fernanda Monteiro

Operations Co-Chair

Fernanda is a third-year international student from Brazil in the Bachelor of Arts Faculty, her studies are towards a double major in International Development Studies and Political Science with a Minor in Social Justice and Community. She is passionate about migration and social justice, and in the future she sees herself on working with refugees across the globe. In addition to her studies, she is currently working at Saint Mary's University as a Peer Success Coach and helping new first-year students adjust to the new university environment.


Emily Light

Marketing Chair

Emily is a fourth-year Bachelor of Arts student working towards an honours degree in International Development Studies with a major in Political Science. She is particularly interested in Human Rights and Global Development Law and hopes to work in the field in the future. Her interest in development began at a young age with her family’s work in Honduras with humanitarian and nonprofit organizations. Emily works for Peaceful Schools International where she has ran peace education and conflict resolution workshops both locally and in Northern Ireland/North of Ireland.


Kaylie Dolan

Communications Chair

Kaylie is a fourth-year undergraduate student pursuing a perspective Honours degree in International Development Studies. Passionate about gender and migration, she is an active volunteer with the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) where she teaches English to immigrant women in Canada. Before studying at Saint Mary’s University, she partook in a reciprocal student exchange year in Madrid, Spain which reaffirmed her interest in global development work. Kaylie aspires to pursue a graduate degree in Forced Migration and Refugee Studies in the UK upon completion of her Bachelor of Arts.

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Katherine Pindera 

Graduate Society Partner

Katherine is an MA candidate in Global Development Studies at Saint Mary's University. When she is not working on her research, she is a Research Assistant for a number of projects which are broadly related to international students' experiences at post-secondary institutions in Nova Scotia. In her free time she loves to read or go sailing around the northwest arm. Katherine’s current research interests include intellectual property rights and patenting, biotechnology industries, health policies, industry and production philosophies, health system management, Cuba and Latin America, and COVID-19.

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