Roselynn Verwoord, MA ’11

Champion of anti-oppressive education, Roselynn Verwoord is an activist, educator, and curriculum design consultant with the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology and a current PhD student in the Department of Educational Studies at UBC Faculty of Education.

Verwoord received her Professional Certificate of Qualification from the Ministry of Education in 2008, and quickly entered a Master of Arts program at UBC. She graduated in 2011 with an MA in Society, Culture and Politics in Education, her thesis explored quiltmaking as a vehicle for peace education among young people. Concurrently, she completed UBC’s two-year Longhouse Leadership Program, and over twenty-five teaching, leadership and conflict-resolution certificates. Her certifications include six from the United Nations, and an International Certificate of Teaching Mastery from Teachers Without Borders.

Verwoord is committed to education as a tool for social change. In 2005, she volunteered with the Society for Participatory Research in Asia in New Delhi, India, a non-profit organization that promotes democratic governance and participation. In 2011, she spent three months supporting projects in the Education division of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Kathmandu, Nepal.

In Canada, Verwoord acts as an advisor to the International Association of Schools Educating for Unity and Peace. She serves on the board of directors for the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and the Charter for Public Education Network. For the past three years, she has been chair of student advocacy for the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE). As chair, she doubled student membership in the society.

For her many academic accomplishments and community contributions, Verwoord has received a number of awards, including the Joseph Katz Memorial Scholarship and Donald & Ellen Poulter Scholarships from UBC’s Faculty of Education, a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Master’s Scholarship, and a Four Year Doctoral Fellowship from UBC.