Michelle Lam is the Director of Brandon University’s Centre for Aboriginal and Rural Education Studies (BU CARES). The mandate of BU CARES is to help identify and answer research questions generated collaboratively with community research partners, develop faculty and graduate student research capacity, facilitate connections between university researchers and community members, and promote research related to rural and Indigenous education.

During her first two years as Director, Dr. Lam attracted $163,600 in competitive grants or community-based funding as lead or co-lead investigator. Funded studies include Stronger Together: Homelessness and Mobility in Rural Areas (Reaching Home, Government of Canada), Community Voices: Inclusivity and Anti-Racism (Brandon Local Immigration Partnership, Brandon University Research Grant), Digital Policies and Practices in Select Rural Manitoba School Divisions (Tech Manitoba), and Viral Vitriol? Using Online Platforms to Promote Peace (Canada Heritage Anti-Racism Action Plan Grant). 

Dr. Lam is interested in anti-racist educational interventions, critical race theory, and the role that education plays in promoting equity in rural areas. Her work is informed by intersectional approaches, critical race theory, and her experiences as an adult English as an Additional Language teacher in Canada and abroad. She conducts workshops and presentations on issues related to newcomer integration and is skilled in conducting research with newcomers and other stakeholders. She holds a Ph.D. in Education, an M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) and an undergraduate degree in Intercultural Studies. 

Interests: anti-racism, migration, identity, 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