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UTSC professor recognized for work in challenging stereotypes

Minelle Mahtani (centre) recently received a Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work in the field of ethnic media in Canada.

Throughout her career as a journalist and academic, Minelle Mahtani has kept a close eye on how minorities are represented in media and other institutions in Canada.

For her work Mahtani, along with 24 other deserving Canadians, recently received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for outstanding contributions to the field of ethnic media.

“I am very flattered to be included among such an esteemed group,” says Mahtani. “It was really humbling to have my work highlighted but it was extra special to share in the recognition with peers that I have admired for a long time.” 

Considered an authority on multiraciality in Canada, Mahtani began her career as a journalist with CBC’s The National while completing her PhD on mixed race identity. In addition to being president of the Association for Canadian Studies, she sits on various boards and external committees of Canadian media associations.

Mahtani is also a former chair of the Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement, an immigration think tank, and is a fellow with the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. In the past she has consulted for the Ministry of Multiculturalism and Immigration, Citizenship and Immigration Canada and the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Last year she received the prestigious Glenda Laws Award for geography, and has received numerous grants over the years for research into matters of race, identity and diversity in Canada.

“This medal is a fitting recognition of Minelle’s achievements as a journalist, educator and scholar where she has demonstrated her commitment to diversity and breaking down stereotypes in our society,” says Bill Bowen, chair of the arts, culture and media department at UTSC.

The diamond jubilee medals were given during a special award presentation at the Canadian Ethnic Media Association’s annual Gala held in Toronto in December. 

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