"Students in the Spotlight" is a conversation series with members of the SofC Student Academy and Urban Leadership Fellowship program.
Lubna Alli, a 2019 Student Academy member from the working group Urban Indigeneity / Indigenous and Racialized Communities, is now playing the role of a Peer Mentor with the Academy. Here's our quick chat with Lubna on her journey so far as a scholar and an activist, what motivates her, the impact of the pandemic on communities she works for, and her tryst with the SofC Student Academy.
Lubna Alli has her Honours Bachelor of Arts with a focus on City Planning and Public Policy from the University of Toronto. In her time at UofT, she has lived and studied in Italy, Czech Republic, and Spain. In 2019, she was awarded a scholarship to join Masters of Planning students in Tokyo, Japan for a collaborative urban design seminar at the University of Tsukuba. That same year, she was also selected to be a Daughter of the Vote and join 337 other womxn in Ottawa for a historic womxn only seating in the Parliament of Canada, representing the riding of Ajax for The Honourable MP Mark Holland. Prior to this, Lubna placed 1st in the UTSC: 50 Years Later Case Competition for her redesign of the proposed University of Toronto Scarborough Campus Master Plan. In her time as a Parks Planning Intern with The Town of Whitby she was put on three major projects: to write the Terms of Reference for the redesign of Cullen Central Park and Brooklin Memorial Park, to conduct tree canopy level and park asset analysis at a Town wide scale, and to run public consultations in partnership with PROCESS for the Town's first ever Culture Plan. In 2019, Lubna was also granted a $2,000 Urban Research Fellowship with the School of Cities as a Student Academy Fellow, where her research on housing injustice in the City of Toronto won the School of Cities Award for Impact and Innovation. Lubna now serves as a Peer Mentor at the Academy and feels the responsibility that each city-builder has to be hyper aware of the anti-oppression framework when shaping the cities of tomorrow.