Yasi Shahidian

SWY 34

Yasi is currently studying Physics at Queen’s University as a Chernoff Family Scholar. Growing up in Manitoba, she became involved with student leadership through the Division Scolaire Franco-Manitobaine. Throughout the past few years, Yasi has worked to help newcomers connect with their community, teach leadership skills to rural students, and support students at Queen’s.

During this past summer, Yasi was a McDonald Institute Fellow at the Arthur B. McDonald Canadian Astroparticle Physics Research Institute. She has also completed internships with KF Aerospace and the Government of Manitoba. Through her work with the provincial government, she attended the Institute of Public Administration of Canada National Conference as a sponsored delegate. At the Portage Learning & Literacy Centre, she helped newcomer youth grow community roots as a leader for the Summer Youth Engagement Program. Yasi is continuing to develop skills relevant to the tech industry and was selected to attend the Google Software Product Sprint program and Uber Empower Summit. She is passionate about science communication and is currently working on bridging the gap between rural students and post-secondary STEM education. She is fluent in English, French, and Persian. She aims to learn from her peers at SWY and implement ideas that will further develop her communities.

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