Navi Dhanota, MA, PhD (c) (pronouns: she/her)
Navi (nah-vee) Dhanota's (de-no-ta) portfolio has been focused on supporting students with disabilities to succeed in post-secondary education, using an anti-oppressive and transnational disability/disablement perspective. Navi (she/her) joined the Disabled Student's Program in 2022, as a Disability Specialist.
For five years, Navi held the role of an Accessibility Consultant at George Brown College in Toronto, Canada. Primarily, she worked with students in the health sciences; during this time she identified opportunities for building the student accommodation experience, which in turn informed her doctoral work.
Navi is concurrently a PhD candidate in the Critical Disability Studies program, at York University, where her research focuses on developing best practices in higher-education's Disability Service Office, for students who are Black, Indigenous and people of colour (BIPOC).
Navi is active in the disability community, focusing much of her advocacy on increasing access to education for students with disabilities in higher education. Most recently, she has worked with the Ontario Human Rights Commission to provide greater access to students to their postsecondary Disability Service Offices.
In her free time, Navi can be found discovering new walking trails, experimenting with plant-based cooking, or spending time with her cats Moe and Poe.