Egypt Migrations is a federally incorporated not-for-profit educational, community outreach, and archival organization. Its mission is to preserve the stories of Egypt’s migrants, create accessible educational resources, and empower our communities. We envision a vibrant, engaged, and transnational diaspora empowered by democratic access to historical knowledge that is preserved, exhibited, and freely shared. To that end, we stand for diversity and center varied and opposing voices; promote equity in the preservation and exhibition of immigrant histories; invest in building inclusive communities by engaged and critical leaders and storytellers.
ROLE: Demonstrated a spirit of entrepreneurship to create and grow the organization. As founder and Executive Director, I work in collaboration with members of the community, local museums, and key players in academia to drive progress behind the organization’s mission. Coordinated multiple conferences and exhibitions featuring public talks and historic materials in the archive. Established a “digital café” integrated into the Egypt Migrations website, building connections through articles featuring immigrant’s stories, scholarly insights, podcasts, and general updates. Engaged with members of the Egyptian community to review and acquire materials for archiving, while encouraging archivists and administrators in institutions of the value of Egyptian immigrant history. Established an impactful and brand-aligned website and actively drive long-term strategy and a roadmap of initiatives in partnership with academic and community organizations. Advise and coordinate a Board of Directors, while capitalizing on collective knowledge and expertise to support a forward-thinking vision for the organization.
Confronting Canadian Migration History means two things. First, engaging with the history of population movements into, through, and from this territory, and their importance for our history as a multiethnic settler society. This has been one of the central projects of migration historians in Canada in recent decades. Second, to make and maintain a place for that historical knowledge in contemporary discussions of migration, and in doing so confront the present with the past. That latter goal is at the heart of this collection, which assembles in one volume fifteen texts published on ActiveHistory.ca over the last four years.
ROLE: Contributed two articles the volume, edited by Daniel Ross. The essays published here speak to the broad range of research being done in Canadian migration history; they also highlight the commitment of their authors to an engaged, public-facing scholarly practice.
The Canadian Immigration History Syllabus brings together key themes, readings, sources, and questions in the history of migration to, from, and within Canada, offering a resource to educators and students, and valuable historical context for contemporary debates. Please feel free to share, download, and print this syllabus, or otherwise incorporate it into your teaching and immigration history related work. Wherever possible we have tried to use and link to free, open-access readings and resources.
ROLE: Collaborated with Laura Madokoro, Daniel Ross, Franca Iacovetta, Marlene Epp, Lisa Chilton, Gilberto Fernandes, Jordan Stanger-Ross, Paul-Étienne Rainville, and Sylvie Taschereau.