Maya Lefkowich

Maya is a PhD student in the Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program, and a Graduate Fellow in Ethics at the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics.

Working alongside a team of journalists at the Global Reporting Centre and community partners in Yellowknife, Maya is developing and evaluating a methodology for “empowerment journalism” – an approach to reporting that centres on principles of local ownership, accountability, and reciprocity. Based on a pilot digital storytelling project exploring alcohol use in First Nations communities in the Northwest Territories, Maya will draw on theory from arts-based, Indigenous, and journalism paradigms to better understand decolonizing strategies for collaborative storytelling. Maya aims to unpack ethical implications of representation (with the hope of countering colonial descriptions of community deficits, risky lifestyles, and individualized addictions) and collaboration (with an emphasis on positionality).

Maya holds a Master of Public Health degree from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Arts (hons) degree in International Development from York University. Maya’s past research experience centred on qualitative health research related to men and masculinities, and LGBTQ2SI communities. Originally from Toronto, Maya loves spending time in nature and getting paint on everything.