Maria Brisbane (she/her) is a PhD student in the department of Sociology and Legal Studies. Her research broadly focuses on school discipline and safety in Ontario public schools. She also holds an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. She is passionate about equity and inclusion-driven research and has held several research assistant, professional, and extra-curricular roles that supported her professional and personal development in this area.
In her role as Housing Coordinator, Maria works to advocate for affordable, safe, and equitable student housing on and off campus. Some of her responsibilities include developing and maintaining partnerships with campus and community partners, conducting research on housing in the Waterloo Region, and creating housing resources and events for graduate students. She also acts as a voice for graduate students on community housing committees and working groups.
In her free time, Maria is an avid basketball fan and enjoys cooking and reading new fiction novels with her book club.