Join The Drawing Board community in congratulating owner and editor-in-chief, Nakita Valerio, on being the recipient of the Sir Guy Carleton Graduate Scholarship in History. This award is endowed by the late Mrs. Agnes Agatha Robinson and is one of two scholarships awarded annually to graduate students of outstanding merit: one in English and Film Studies and one in History and Classics. The award comes with significant funding which will be used to fund her studies in Edmonton and research abroad. Join us in celebrating this monumental honour.

The tentative title of Nakita’s thesis is: Remembering the Departure of Morocco’s Jews: Personal Memories, Cultural Representations, Historiography and Silences


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Nakita Valerio is an award-winning writer, academic, and community organizer based in Edmonton, Canada. She recently completed graduate studies and work as a research assistant in History and Islamic-Jewish Studies at the University of Alberta, as well as a research fellowship on Islamophobia and anti-Semitism for The Tessellate Institute. Nakita serves her community as the Vice President of External Affairs with Alberta Muslim Public Affairs Council (AMPAC), as an advisor for the Chester Ronning Center for the Study of Religion and Public Life,  and as a member of the Executive Fundraising Board for the YIWCL Cree Women’s Camp. Nakita is the co-founder of Bassma Primary School in El Attaouia, Morocco and is currently working on a graphic novel memoir weaving her experiences abroad with her community work and research.

 

The Drawing Board has had a very busy year so far, and May has been the busiest month yet! The lead-in to May was an amazing ceremony in the Edmonton City Council Chambers on April 28, 2015 where Mayor Don Iveson and councillors honoured and recognized the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation’s 2015 Top 30 Under 30, including our very own, Nakita Valerio! The banter among the council was the highlight of the trip, including standing to have your name called on and being recognized for your hard work, achievements and continued perseverance in the realm of social justice endeavours.

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The view from Nakita’s seat before Council was called to order .

Of particular interest was the incredible spoken word poem by Edmonton’s Poet Laureate, Mary Pinkoski, read an incredible piece testifying to the diversity and harsh beauty that is our province’s capital city, seamlessly weaving together current events with iconic images to create ” a body of Edmonton” that is, at once, recognizable and familiar, and at the same time, far more multivocal than any of us give it credit for. It was an incredible end to a beautiful ceremony that Nakita won’t soon forget!

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