Maryam Nabavi



Job Title

Faculty & Staff Strategist



EDST Degree/s and graduation year/s

PhD, 2011


Society, Culture and Politics in Education (SCPE)


British Columbia, Canada

Maryam is an Iranian settler living at the base of the mountains of the unceded and ancestral lands of the Squamish and Tsleil-Wauthus Peoples, as well as in the borderlands of migration, race, gender and inclusion/exclusion. After completing her PhD in Educational Studies in 2011, which was a Cultural Studies look at identities and identifications of young immigrants and its impacts on notions of citizenship, she worked as a Post-doctoral Teaching and Learning Fellow at UBC and later at a national social policy research organization to advance policies for Canadians to whom social structures offer least. Her work centrally orbits a commitment to working toward equity through strategic, innovative and leadership-driven engagement. She currently works as a Faculty & Staff Strategist with the Equity & Inclusion Office, where she has successfully shepherded institution-wide change initiatives situated at the nexus of policies, systems of accountability and culture change in service of advancing equity, inclusion and integrative anti-racism. Most recently, she Chaired the Staff Committee of the university’s Anti-racism and Inclusive Excellence Taskforce. Maryam is trained and holds certificates a variety of approaches for advancing organizational change processes, including conflict engagement, coaching, facilitation tools and frameworks. Outside of her professional life, she is actively engaged in the project of motherhood and climbing mountains in the summers and coming down them in the winters!