Top 5 Reasons to Hire a Writer

Top 5 Reasons to Hire a Writer

Let’s face it: the digital world is here to stay and if all of us are going to be using websites and social media to communicate, shop, share and live then we had better be doing it well. One of the biggest stumbling blocks that is facing companies, non-profits and charities these days is good, […]

Nakita Valerio Delighted to Join Edmonton Heritage Council

Nakita Valerio Delighted to Join Edmonton Heritage Council

At yesterday’s Annual General Meeting, Edmonton Heritage Council voted for a series of new directors to join and among them was The Drawing Board owner and editor-in-chief, Nakita Valerio. It is an honor to support the vision of the EHC which is an Edmonton that embraces its diverse heritage, inclusive of all people, communities and […]

The Physical Cost of Academics

The Physical Cost of Academics

Let’s file this under the category of “advice I didn’t follow in grad school, but should have.” There are a lot of think-pieces surfacing these days on the mental health cost of being an academic, and rightfully so. The rise of neo-liberalism in academic institutions has put unseen pressures on academics, provided them with less […]

Is Islamophobia a Sufficient Term?

Is Islamophobia a Sufficient Term?

In my last article about the hysteria around Canada’s Motion 103 on Islamophobia this past winter, I alluded to the idea that Islamophobia as a term might not accurately convey anti-Muslim bigotry or racialized hatred endured by Muslims. I also noted how in the discussions around the use of that term in the federal motion, […]

Denying Islamophobia is Islamophobia

Denying Islamophobia is Islamophobia

This past winter, Canadian MP Iqra Khalid put forth the now-infamous Motion 103 in the Canadian parliament – a 125 word document which recognizes the existence of Islamophobia and other discriminations, and categorically condemns them. Similar motions have passed in the past, including those condemning anti-Semitism and racism. What had previously been a straight-forward process […]

Nakita Valerio Honoured with Alberta Graduate Student Scholarship

Nakita Valerio Honoured with Alberta Graduate Student Scholarship

Join The Drawing Board community in congratulating owner and editor-in-chief, Nakita Valerio, on being the recipient of a Government of Alberta Graduate Student Scholarship. The Graduate Student Scholarship recognizes and rewards outstanding students in their second year of a full-time masters program in Alberta. Award recipients are selected based on all marks obtained in the […]

Online Gaming, Pokemon Cards & Life Lessons

Online Gaming, Pokemon Cards & Life Lessons

Conversations with children can be surprisingly insightful and educational. I love my breakfast-table conversations with my boys, on early weekend mornings. It’s a safe space for my kids to share their quirky gaming stories, talk about their friends and interests or ask those difficult, thought-provoking life questions. I make sure every now and then, to […]

Islamophobia & Intersectionality: The Implications for Feminism

Islamophobia & Intersectionality: The Implications for Feminism

This talk was given by Nakita Valerio at the University of Alberta for a panel discussion on Islamophobia: Intersections & Cross Currents in honour of International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Peace be upon all of you First of all, a huge thank you to Professor Janice Williamson for making the time and […]

Religious Freedom, Islam and Secular Society

Religious Freedom, Islam and Secular Society

This talk was delivered by Nakita Valerio on March 18, 2017 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints as part of the interfaith event, Religious Freedoms: A Community Conversation. Assalamu ‘alaikum, peace be upon all of you. I want to thank you all for having me here today, especially the organizers for […]

On Anger & Activism: Being Understood as Muslims by Our Allies

On Anger & Activism: Being Understood as Muslims by Our Allies

This is going to be crunchy. I have been reading a lot of articles about anger in activist communities and, on the one hand, I feel like there is clearly valid resistance within those communities to the racialized or gendered stereotypes of angry activists because it delegitimizes real feelings and dehumanizes people to paint everyone […]