Who Are We
The Ontario Digital Literacy and Access Network is a community-based pilot initiative founded by 2S-LGBTQ+ graduate students, community members, and allies who are concerned with the digital divide in our communities. We are passionate about connecting organizations and individuals with resources and services that will minimizing digital inequalities in 2S-LGBTQ+ communities.
Meet Our Team
Stephanie is a PhD. Candidate in the School of Gender, Feminist and Women Studies at York University. She is an active member of the Senior Pride Network and Rainbow Faith and Freedom. Stephanie co-founded ODLAN after conducting a study on the barriers 2S-LGBTQ+ older adults were experiencing in accessing remote service provisions during the global pandemic.
Angela Stanley (MA 2014; PhD Candidate, Gender, Feminist and Women's Studies, York University) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Disability and Sexuality: Perceptions of Beauty, Sexuality and Desirability for Queer, Disabled Youth. Angela continues her studies pursuing a doctoral degree in the Gender, Feminist and Women's Studies Program at York University. Her research pays attention to the intersection of race/culture, queerness and disability in order to understand how people make sense of their intimate and sexual lives. Her work so far has centered on the perceptions of beauty, sexuality and desirability that inform how young queer and disabled people create intimate and/ or sexual partnerships.
Alexandra Latter is an Honours graduate of the York University Sexuality Studies BA program, as well as the Gender & Women's Studies certificate program. She has volunteered for a number of different organizations including the Senior's Pride Network, the Sexual Assault Support Line & Leadership Group, Victims Services Toronto, and more. Currently, Alex applies her skills in tech and communication as an Enterprise Account Manager at OnCall Health, a video conferencing and practice management platform for healthcare workers across Canada and the United States.
Viktor Zhuang is a recent graduate from the Department of Computer Science at University of Toronto. He is passionate about advocating for diversity and accessibility within the tech field. He has experience volunteering with 2S-LBGTQ+ student communities and both academic and work experience in web design and programming. At ODLAN he designs and creates graphical content to provide resources on digital literacy and access for 2S-LBGTQ+ organizations.
Isabella Fiore is an undergraduate student at the University of Ottawa student studying Political Science and Feminist/Gender Studies. She is passionate about increasing accessibility for 2S-LGBTQ+ individuals and the disability justice movement. They have worked with a variety of non-profits and student associations throughout her high school and university careers in order to bring equity issues to the table.
Meet Our Board
Stephen Low is currently Manager of Operations at Rainbow Faith and Freedom. Before joining the Not-for-Profit sector, he received his PhD from Cornell University in April 2016, where he also received his Masters in Theater Studies in 2014. He received his first Masters from the University of Texas at Austin in the Performance as Public Practice Program in 2011. His academic research focuses on queer theory, sex and sexuality, gender, race, cultural studies, and gay culture. In addition to his scholarship, Stephen has taught in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at Trent University. His current book project, Hail Mary: The Theatricality Constitution of Gay Culture, identifies theatricality as the constitutive feature of contemporary gay culture. His essays have been published in Modern Drama, Theatre Research in Canada, Canadian Theatre Review, Queer Theatre in Canada. Critical Perspectives in Canadian Theatre in English Series, Opera Canada, and Intermission.
Sarah is an educator and PhD. student in the Gender, Feminist and Women's Studies department at York University. Their work interrogates the organization of online surveillance while exploring possibilities for its refusal and resistance.
Founder of Melissa Silber CPA Professional Corporation, Melissa aims to help increase financial literacy amongst business owners via online courses and social media channels. Prior to starting her firm in 2021, Melissa worked in Corporate Finance for 15 years. She hopes to use her expertise to help organizations that are making a social difference.
Vivian Lee is a digital literacy and technology education specialist, with 10 years of experience in education management, curriculum design, and course architecture in the private, public, and non-profit sectors.
By day, she is an e-learning program development specialist, designing tech curriculum and educational policy for K-12 school boards, post-secondary institutions, and private independent schools. Her favourite topics in education are predictive policy modeling, digital citizenship, artificial intelligence systems, and next generation cybersecurity strategies.
By night, she is an academic researcher who is working through her doctorate in curriculum policy for provincial and governmental institutions. Her thesis work and publications center EdTech futures, STEM for multilingual learners, digital citizenship curriculum policy, digital access issues, intersectional education frameworks, and next-gen media literacies.
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I am a world majority, Brown, trini, Carib, Indo, Chinese, callaloo, differently-abled, queer DYKE, community activist, Elder.
I am a 2S-LGBTQI+ awareness consultant and workshop facilitator. I focus on the issues affecting 2S-LGBTQI+ seniors / older adults and the barriers we are forced to overcome on a daily basis. I share my lived experiences of queerness, age, race, ability and sexuality with openness and vulnerability. I live and work from an anti-oppression, anti-racism, anti-colonial, intergenerational and intersectional perspective.
Sarah Quinto is a queer, non-binary Filipinx person who is really into community work and thinking about meaningful ways to make healthcare accessible.