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Wpg Free Press: In Conversation with Alexa Yakubovich

Alumna is the U of M's 98th Rhodes Scholar

December 16, 2014 — 

At the beginning of December, the University of Manitoba announced that Faculty of Arts alumna, Alexa Yakubovich, was the recipient of a Rhodes Scholarship for 2015. The U of M is one of the leading institutions in Canada for number of Rhodes Scholars, and has produced more Rhodes Scholars than any other university in western Canada.

Nick Martin from the Winnipeg Free Press was able to catch up with the 23-year-old in a piece that ran in the paper on Saturday, Dec. 13. In it, Yakubovich modestly states her interest in human rights.

I’m doing a PhD in social intervention, studying children in South Africa. I’m looking at HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, asthma…I looked at the experience of GLBT women with cancer, whether they experience any barriers. I did that with Prof. Janice Ristock. I looked at homophobia in schools, I worked on Bill 18: the findings of the study clearly showed a gay-straight alliance would be effective.

Read the full article here.

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