Dalla Lana School of Public Health
When I was accepted into the PhD program at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH), I took it as a sign. It was my chance to join leading researchers in improving the well-being of transgender people and to better inform healthcare providers and policymakers on issues of trans-inclusion.
This isn’t my first foray into social justice issues. My passion was ignited a decade ago when I founded an LGBTQ2S+ youth group in my hometown of Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Since then, I’ve strived to integrate advocacy into my academic and extra-curricular engagements.
Reflecting on my own trans identity, social work background and clinical mental health and research expertise, I know that I have the training and life experience to successfully orchestrate a doctoral project that helps people in the LGBTQ2S+ community.
I’m also incredibly grateful to generous donors for the opportunities I have received and for supporting forward-thinking student research that can improve the lives of individuals and communities across the country and around the world.
Thank you for helping me pursue my education and build a better tomorrow.
Kinnon Ross MacKinnon
(PhD – Public Health, expected 2019)