Speed Networking With Sociology Grads

February 1, 2018 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Founders Assembly Hall

Wondering what you can do with your Sociology degree? Want to meet York Alumni and other Sociology graduates currently enjoying exciting careers?

During this networking event grads will share their personal stories, how their career paths took them from graduation to where they are now, what knowledge, skills and experience helped them succeed in their jobs and what types of opportunities are available for students.

Registration is required. You may register for this event on the Career Centre’s online system (you must sign up for an account before you will be able to register for any events on the system).

Participating Panelists

Vinita Puri
Clinical Director, Relationship Boutique Inc.

Vinita Puri is a skilled clinician that utilizes strengths based anti-oppressive methodologies for addressing the needs of her clientele. Her passion for social justice and alternative dispute resolution has always fueled her desire to coach and counsel individuals, couples and families that are undergoing life challenges and transitions.

Vinita is a Registered Social Worker and Family Mediator/Parent Coordinator in the Province of Ontario. She has been working with a diverse range of vulnerable and marginalized populations in a variety of community based organizational settings for nearly 20 years. Vinita is an Associate Member of Family Mediation Canada (FMC); the Ontario Association of Family Mediators (OAFM) and the Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario (FDRIO).

At the present time, Vinita is an Elected Council Member for the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) as well as a Faculty Field Supervisor for the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto. In addition, Vinita also volunteers her time as an Inter-Professional Educator/Facilitator with the University of Toronto; an Ambassador/Advocate for the Canadian National Institute of the Blind (CNIB); a Board Member of the Health Providers Against Poverty (HPAP); and a Mentor for Avanti Women.

Vinita possesses a Specialized Honours B.A. in Sociology from York University; a Masters in Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Masters in Criminological Research from the University of Cambridge (U.K.). In 2017, Vinita completed her Masters in Ayurvcdic Digestion and Nutrition from the Joyful Belly Institute (NAMA Accredited) in North Carolina. She is now a Registered Allied Health Professional with the Ayurveda Association of Canada Additional professional designations obtained include Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR); Family Mediation (FM); Parent Coordination (PC); Solution Focused Therapy (SFT); Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT); Mental Health First Aid (MHFA); Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR); Crisis Intervention Stress Management (CISM) and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR).

Vinita is an active Member of the Oxford Cambridge Alumni Society and is a Lifetime Member of the Cambridge Union and the Cambridge Neuroscience Society. She is also a Fellow of Darwin College at the University of Cambridge, U.K.

Mahwesh Siddiqi
Management Consultant, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

Standing inches from a surgeon performing open heart surgery – this is one of the most memorable experiences of my career. I’m not a clinician, so then how did I get a front row seat to a beating human heart? I’m a health administrator. My job is to make sure health systems achieve their intended outcomes, and that patients of the healthcare system are able to receive the best care when they need it.

Roderick Brereton
CEO, Urban Rez Solutions

I am founder of social change/conflict management group, Urban Rez Solutions.  Generating awareness, imparting social education, conducting professional training and project management are areas of my expertise. I provide professional consultation/empowerment strategy to communities, schools, governments, groups, teams, corporations and non-profits. I manage various aspects of change in pro social development and advancement.
I am known for being a speaker, trainer and innovative social subject matter expert.