Congratulations to Cheryl Heykoop, Doctor of Social Sciences student, on being selected as one of the five final winners in the SSHRC's Storytellers Showcase. As part of Congress 2013 a panel of high-profile communicators judged the presentations of SSHRC's Top 25 Storytellers, selecting five final winners for the first ever Research for a Better Life: The Storytellers Challenge.
Cheryl, and the four other finalists from across Canada, have been invited to give their presentation before an international audience at the World Social Science Forum, taking place Oct. 13-15 in Montreal. The Storytellers Award challenged postsecondary students to show Canadians how social sciences and humanities research is affecting our lives, our world and our future prosperity.
Cheryl is an advisor to the International Institute for Child Rights and Development (IICRD), as well as a researcher for the Makerere University’s Refugee Law Project in Uganda. Cheryl has spent a decade helping young people in Africa and Southeast Asia better understand their experiences and perspectives about issues that affect them. Cheryl's research involves exploring meaningful child engagement methods for post-conflict truth-telling with children in northern Uganda.