The Intern Exchange

Citizens for Public Justice

"The Intern Exchange" is space for interns at Citizens for Public Justice to exchange opinions, stories, and share policy recommendations on issues they are personally passionate about.

All Episodes

On today's episode, Keira invites Serisha Iyar to share tangible tips and resources on how people of faith, young racialized leaders and the general public in Canada can actively engage in government affairs and advocate for vulnerable populations. 

Aug 2020

26 min 21 sec

On July's edition of The Intern Exchange, Keira invites Deb Mebude to discuss the importance of intersectionality in social & racial justice movements. Deb shares tips on how listeners can better advocate for a harmonious society and leverage their voices in pursuit of racial equity. 

Jul 2020

17 min 56 sec

On today's episode, Keira chats with Karel, CPJ's social work placement student, on the topic of green social work in Canada. The two discuss how governments can better address the disconnect between social work and climate justice. 

Jun 2020

13 min 47 sec

On today’s episode, Trixie and Keira discuss how faith groups and People of Colour can foster anti-racist dialogues and unlearn their biases to bring about transformative change within our own communities.

Jun 2020

35 min 11 sec

On this month's edition of The Intern Exchange, Keira chats with Miriam Mahaffy, a former Public Justice Intern, on the interconnected nature of youth education and policy advocacy in climate justice. 

May 2020

20 min 14 sec

On today's episode, Keira Kang invites Rebekah Sears to discuss the crucial role that Canadian domestic and foreign policies and national NGOs play in advocating for global equality and international human rights. 

Apr 2020

14 min 51 sec

On this week's podcast, Keira Kang chats with Bolu Coker about the life-threatening vulnerabilities faced by refugees during the COVID-19 outbreak and our government’s need to treat refugees with compassion, humanitarianism and fairness.

Apr 2020

17 min 24 sec

With the outbreak of COVID-19 affecting everyone around the world, Keira Kang discusses the prevalence of racism and xenophobia throughout Western countries and the rhetoric of “othering” Asian-Canadians/Americans during this global crisis.

Mar 2020

13 min 12 sec

On this episode, our host Keira invites Jacqueline to explore and discuss effective pathways to refugee settlement in Canada. Jackie shares crucial measures that current refugee system must take to allow all refugees to thrive in Canadian society.

Feb 2020

21 min 12 sec

Keira Kang chats with Trixie Ling, a former CPJ policy intern and a current Board Member, on the importance of inter-cultural connectivity, diversity and relationship-building within Canadian communities. 

Jan 2020

25 min 3 sec

Our host Keira Kang invites Halima Abdille, CPJ’s social work intern, to share about her lived experiences as a racialized refugee from Somalia and how it has shaped her understanding of climate refugees. 

Dec 2019

18 min 2 sec

Our new host Keira Kang chats with Dalen Ewald, a student intern from Langley, British Columbia, as he sheds light on his unique perspectives of just transition in Canada.

Dec 2019

20 min 15 sec

Serisha Iyar passes hosting duties over to CPJ's new public justice intern, Keira Kang. And we kick off a new series focused on climate justice.

Nov 2019

18 min 55 sec

Serisha Iyar, Deb Mebude, and Andrea Rodriguez discuss what it's like being young womxn of colour in advocacy spaces.

Aug 2019

24 min 11 sec

On this episode, Serisha Iyar, Deb Mebude and Andrea Rodriguez discuss why representation is important to policymaking and advocacy spaces.

Aug 2019

25 min 56 sec

Serisha Iyar and Nicki Papworth confront the issue of white privilege in advocacy work and discuss what allyship can look like.

Jul 2019

17 min 28 sec

Serisha Iyar talks to David Menéndez Ortiz about recent changes to refugee policies and best practices for integration, as they exchange stories around the journeys their families took to arrive in Canada as refugees.

Jul 2019

30 min 13 sec

Serisha Iyar and Andrea Rodriguez talk about the basics of understanding the concept of intersectionality and its importance.

Jul 2019

12 min 35 sec

Serisha Iyar chats with Deb Mebude about anti-Black racism within refugee policy and how it plays out in public opinion.

Jul 2019

26 min 16 sec

Serisha Iyar sits down with Andrea Rodriguez to discuss the role colourism plays in discrimination against refugees within racialized immigrant communities.

Jul 2019

26 min 34 sec