Marvelous is a PhD Student at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto. With a professional and activist background in sexual and reproductive rights, Marvelous is passionate about seeking social justice in all its forms – not just by improving the lives of individuals, but by changing systems of oppression through collective action. An affirming HIV-positive Black woman, Marvelous has made it her mission to spread love and empowerment. She is a writer, motivational speaker and advocate for marginalized communities. Marvelous sits on several national boards with a global reach, which she uses to uplift the narratives of those who face injustice. She believes that justice must be intersectional and inclusive in order to improve the quality of life for all.
Career history includes twelve years (12) experience specializing in health promotion, program development, case management, and outreach to women and ethnic-cultural communities in Toronto, Canada, and 19 years of international work as a gender and human rights activist. Her research interests include HIV, sexual and reproductive rights, mental illness, social policy, refugee health, and transnationalism. Service delivery interests include developing community-based interventions that reduce stigma, address poverty, and promote resilience.