Meet The Students On The Grad School Experience Panel

The Graduate School Experiences Panel features current students with a Liberal Arts degree background and current students in Master’s and Ph.D. Liberal Arts programs. Each panellist has graduated from the Faculty of Arts and are attending graduate school, or are currently in a Liberal Arts-based graduate school from any university. This event introduces Arts students to the real experiences of Graduate students, learning about their journey, their interests and how they got into graduate school.

Below are the panellists who will discuss how they have utilized the power of their Arts degree!

Kristin Walcott-Dass

Kristin Walcott-Dass is a recent Master’s graduate. She received her MA in Media, Culture, and Communication from New York University and her BA in Sociology from Ryerson University. During her time at Ryerson, she was heavily involved in on-campus student affairs, worked with Ryerson Student Life and Faculty of Arts, and was a co-founder of the Ryerson Liberal Arts Society.

These experiences sparked her interest in a career in media and entertainment, to which she successfully pursued her Master’s degree in media and communications.


Claire Davis

Claire is currently a Master’s candidate for Applied Science studying Environmental Applied Science and Management. She studied at Ryerson for her undergraduate degree in Urban Sustainability, and additionally, studied Geography at the University of Waterloo and Environmental Science at Fleming College preceding her time at Ryerson. You may have seen Claire on campus in recent years as she coordinated the on-campus student food bank, co-coordinated the successful Feed Students, Support Survivors referendum and was elected as the Faculty of Arts Representative on the Ryerson Student’s Union board, all during her undergrad. Claire is also a textile artist and has been featured in gallery shows and events like Pride Toronto, and facilitates workshops through community art organizations.

Pronouns: She/Her

Zagros Habibi 

Zagros is a first-year law student at the University of Western Ontario. His undergraduate degree was in Politics and Governance. During his time at Ryerson, he was a part of the Ryerson Law Network, Politics and Governance Student Association, Academic Integrity Council, and Student Learning Support.

Pronouns: He/Him


Mackenzie Dunham

Mackenzie is a 2019 graduate of Ryerson University (BA – Psychology, Minor: Sociology). While at Ryerson, Mackenzie volunteered in the Psychology of Crime and Delinquency (POCAD) Laboratory and focused his own undergraduate research (under the supervision of Dr. John Turtle) on investigating the proliferation of incivility on social media platforms. Presently, Mackenzie is a graduate student in Carleton University’s Criminal Justice Decision Making Laboratory, where he focuses a bulk of his research on parole decision-making, offender risk assessment, and offender change.

Pronouns: He/Him

Lauren Moore 

Lauren immigrated to Canada in 2015 from Liverpool, UK. She graduated from Ryerson in October 2019 with a BA Honors in Criminology and a minor in Philosophy. Currently, she is enrolled in the MA Immigration & Settlement Studies program at Ryerson, and have just signed up for an online Public Policy management Certificate with Dalhousie University. 

After graduation from her MA, she hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in Social Justice Education at the University of Toronto in 2021 and begin her career as a University Professor.  

Pronouns: She/ Her

The Graduate School Experiences Panel will be taking place on Monday, February 24th from 12:30 to 2:30 at POD 60.

You can RSVP to the event here.

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