Hi! I’m the Director of Brandon University’s Centre for Aboriginal and Rural Education Studies. I am interested in anti-racist educational interventions, critical race theory, and the role that education plays in promoting equity in rural areas. My work is informed by intersectional approaches, critical race theory, and my experiences as an adult English as an Additional Language teacher in Canada and abroad. I conduct workshops and presentations on issues related to newcomer integration and am skilled in conducting research with newcomers and other stakeholders. I hold an M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) an an undergraduate degree in Intercultural Studies. 

Interests: migration, integration, identity, discrimination, language learning, teacher education

Current Projects:

I am co-hosting a podcast, The Research Connections Podcast, which connects researchers with people who use the knowledge created by that research. 

You can find episodes of the podcast on the BU CARES website. 


I created a board game, Refugee Journeys, which is an educational tool designed to promote discussions about newcomer integration in Canada. The game has been featured on CBC radio, in the Columbus Museum of Art, in Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees, and has been used for Peace Days Winnipeg. I wrote about the game for The Conversation and also was interviewed about the game for an article on Deconstructing Privilege

Michelle holds peace days promotional posterMichelle presenting at a conference