CV

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Nakita Valerio is the owner, editor-in-chief and head writer/researcher for The Drawing Board. Her information can be found below. 

Present and past contributors for The Drawing Board can be found here.

Bio

Nakita Valerio is an award-winning writer, academic, and community organizer based in Edmonton, Canada. She completed graduate studies and work as a research assistant in History and Islamic-Jewish Studies at the University of Alberta in 2017, as well as a research fellowship on Islamophobia and anti-Semitism for The Tessellate Institute in 2018. She is currently working on a national study of the challenges facing Muslim youth in Canada as a research fellow with the Institute for Religious and Socio-Political Studies (I-RSS).

Nakita serves her community as an advisor for the Chester Ronning Center for the Study of Religion and Public Life, as a member of the Executive Fundraising Board for the YIWCL Cree Women’s Camp, and as the volunteer coordinator for Edmonton’s Run for Palestine.

Nakita is the co-founder of Bassma Primary School in El Attaouia, Morocco and is currently working on a novel memoir weaving her experiences abroad with her community work and research.


Education

Master of Arts (2017), University of Alberta, Department of History & Classics, 4.0+  Remembering the Departure of Moroccan Jews (thesis)
Advisors: Professors Jocelyn Hendrickson and Andrew Gow

Bachelor of Arts (2009), University of Alberta, Department of History & Classics, 3.8


Experience

Employment

Research Fellow (2019), Institute for Religious and Socio-Political Studies
Challenges Faced by Muslim Youth in Canada

Research Fellow (2018), Tessellate Institute
Jewish Responses to Anti-Semitism in Canada: Theoretical Foundations for Comparison and Lessons for Anti-Muslim Hatred
Supervisor: Dr. Katherine Bullock

Development Coordinator & Consultant (2017 to 2019)
Association of Translators and Interpreters of Alberta (ATIA)

Research Assistant (2016 to 2017), University of Alberta, Dept. of History & Classics
Medieval Mediterranean Pilgrimage and Encounter (Muslims, Christians, and Jews)
SSHRC-funded research
Supervisor: Professor Jocelyn Hendrickson

Affiliations

Run for Palestine Volunteer Coordinator (2019)

Advisory Committee Member (2017 to present)
Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life

Committee Member (2016 to present)
Young Indigenous Women’s Circle of Leadership Cree Women’s Camp

Vice-President of External Affairs (2016 to 2018)
Director of Public Policy (2015 to 2016)
Alberta Muslim Public Affairs Council

Director (2017 to 2018)
Edmonton Heritage Council


Awards

Academic

Government of Alberta Graduate Scholarship (2017)
Sir Guy Carleton Graduate Scholarship (2016)Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (SSHRC – 2016)
Walter H. Johns Graduate Scholarship (SSHRC – 2016)
Frank W. Peers Graduate Research Scholarship (2015)
Queen Elizabeth II Award for Graduate Studies – Master’s Level (2015)
State of Kuwait Award for Graduate Students in Islamic Studies (2015)
Canadian Federation of University Women Female Student Bursary (2015)

Community

University of Alberta Alumni Horizon Award (2018)
Rotary International Paul Harris Fellowship for Excellence in Service to Humanity (2016)
Edmonton Journal Difference Maker (2015)
Alberta Council for Global Cooperation – Top 30 under 30 (2015)


Publications

Academic

Volume Chapter, Remembering the Departure of Moroccan Jews
Anthology from Uncommon Commonalities: Jews and Muslims of Morocco Conference
June 17-19, 2019, New York City, New York (Forthcoming 2020)

Primary Author, Peer-Reviewed Article
Challenges Faced by Muslim Youth in Canada 
IRSS (Forthcoming 2019)

Book Review, Al Rashid Mosque: Building Canadian Muslim Communities (Earle Waugh)
Canadian Ethnic Studies Journal, University of Calgary (Forthcoming 2019)

Co-Editor and Introduction Co-Author (with Professor Andrew Gow)
Critiquing Secularism, Special Edition Volume (September 2019)
Past Imperfect History Graduate Student Journal, University of Alberta

Primary Author, Peer-Reviewed Article & Policy Report
Jewish Responses to Anti-Semitism in Canada: Lessons for Anti-Muslim Hatred
Tessellate Institute and IRSS, (2018)

Primary Author, Peer-Reviewed Article
Jewish Responses to Anti-Semitism in Canada: Theoretical Foundations for Comparison with Anti-Muslim Hatred
Tessellate Institute and IRSS, (2018)

Editor and Co-Author, Historical Pedagogical Resource
Building Acceptance: A Resource about Coexistence, Cooperation and Early Multiculturalism in Medieval Spain
Alberta Muslim Public Affairs Council (2016)

Primary Author, Peer-Reviewed Article
The Absent Hagiography: Investigating Mary Magdalene’s Disappearance in Islam
On Religion. (2016)

Selection of Press Publications & Interviews

Conferences/Panels/Public Talks

Public speaking events are too numerous to list here but include academic conference presentations, panel discussions, keynote speeches, and training workshops on the following subjects:

  • Moroccan History (General, Jewish, Interfaith)
  • Andalusian History
  • Islamophobia, Anti-Muslim Hatred
  • Islamophobia’s Intersections & Crosscurrents
  • Islam (General, Communities of Interpretation, History)
  • Islam and Women
  • The Hijab
  • Islam, Muslim Women and Secularism
  • Secularism (History, Genealogies)
  • Religious Literacy
  • Anti-Semitism
  • Islamophobia, Anti-Semitism and Racialization
  • Hatreds in a Canadian Context
  • The Holocaust
  • Feminism
  • Writing
  • Marketing
  • Building Your Own Business
  • Freelancing

For speaking engagements or trainings, email hello@thedrawingboardcanada.com