Sonia Medel

PhD Candidate, Department of Educational Studies

Sonia Medel is an educator-researcher-artivist completing a PhD in Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia (UBC) as a Public Scholar. For the past decade, Medel’s focus has been on promoting decolonial intersectional engagement with arts and culture, including policymaking and programming. Her current research centers the experiences of racialized women, bridging the fields of arts and policy for decolonial socio-political transformation. Her broader research interests include decolonial curricular and policy initiatives; anti-oppressive methodologies; Latinx diaspora and youth in Western Canada; and development and intercultural education with a special focus on Peru and the rest of Latin America. Medel is also a college and university instructor, dancer-choreographer and spoken-word writer; and formed a long-time part of the Vancouver Latin American Film Festival as one its coordinators and curators. She strives to merge her artistic and academic experiences to deepen learning on diverse topics, and to support other artists in doing so as well. Medel co-edited the two-part Special Issue of the journal Postcolonial Directions in Education, 8(2) 2019 and 9(1) 2020, on the (de)colonial power of film and film festivals. In addition to completing her doctoral dissertation, she is currently co-directing her first collaborative documentary film on the impact of Chilean feminist artists on Canadian and Chilean art and politics. A proud Spanglish speaker, Quechua learner, daughter of Peruvian and Chilean parents, and Indigenous-Afro-European descendant, Medel is grateful to the Coast Salish Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples and lands on which she was born and is able to carry out her work.