Biographical Sketch

Dolana Mogadime is a Professor in the Faculty of Education and past PhD Program Director, 2017 – 2019 for the Joint PhD in Educational Studies Program (Brock Home University). Her research interests are in human rights and curriculum studies, critical sociology of education, equity studies and feminist theories. She has published in international and national academic journals and anthologies on topics such as; women in leadership; gender-based violence; human rights education; teachers life stories and commitments to equity in the curriculum; and human rights education.

Dolana has contributed toward several key initiatives that focus on advancing human rights in higher education. Among them, the Human Rights Task Force as Vice-Chair (2016-2017), the Antiracism Task Force, as Program Director (2015-2016), and The President’s Advisory Committee on Human Rights, Equity, and Decolonization (PACHRED) Transitional Committee (2017-2018). Several reports were produced because of this work as well as a co-edited double special issue in, ‘Brock Education: A Journal of Educational Research and Practice’ (2017) and Understanding and Dismantling Privilege (2017) journal with Abbey Ferber, PhD., University of Colorado. Within her capacity as Editor-in-Chief, Brock Education Journal, she has overseen 8 completed journal issue publications and worked side by side with an additional 3 special issue Guest Editors. Dolana continues to champion open access knowledge exchange on several fronts: On campus, at the university level; as well as national; and internationally. Her contributions have made a difference to both academic and professional learning communities.

Dolana was born in South Africa, in the city of Pretoria. She is an Indigenous scholar of Zulu and Sotho cultural backgrounds and has many honors attributed to her successes including Honorary Professor, University of the Free State, South Africa and Extra Ordinary Associate Professor of North West University, Faculty of Educational Studies, South Africa, and the 2018 Brock University Open Access Award (for her Equity work). Recently, she became the inaugural Visiting Scholar at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (2018-2019). She is both Chair and Coordinator of the Teaching Nelson Mandela Advisory Committee, and project lead for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and Brock University Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). She is working with colleagues and school leaders located throughout Ontario, as well as PhD and MEd students and alumni, on curriculum that will be used in Canadian schools on the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela. Dolana is the mother of two sons, both of whom graduated from Brock University. In her spare time, she enjoys writing poetry and contemplative nature walks.