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Nadiya Ali is a PhD Candidate in Sociology specializing in anti-racism, community empowerment, and Islamophobia. Nadiya brings extensive experience in education, research, and community development to her role as NCCM’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Specialist.

Nadiya is also a published author researching and writing in the areas of Islamophobia, Muslim identity, and Anti-blackness. Nadiya has also been a part of a range of community-based research and programming initiatives across the Greater Toronto Area, including the Black Experience Project and the Migrant Resilience project. More recently, Nadiya held a Visiting Fellow position at Suffolk University, teaching in the Sociology and Criminal justice department.

Prior to her doctoral work, Nadiya completed graduate work both at Carleton University and SOAS-University of London in politics and international relations. Additionally, Nadiya holds an Honours BA from the University of Toronto. Currently, her doctorate focuses on exploring issues revolving around racialization, identity, belonging and resistance.