Manjeet Birk has been living on the traditional unceded territory of the Coast Salish people most of her life. She has worked, studied and played across the world but a piece of her always remains on the west coast. Manjeet completed her Bachelors of Arts degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario in Philosophy and Women’s Studies and went on to complete a Masters of Arts degree from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. She is currently a doctoral student in the Centre for Cross Faculty Inquiry in Education at the University of British Columbia. Her research interests focus on women’s organizing, racialized and Indigenous girls and social justice.
More specifically, her doctoral research "Invisible Girls: A Critical Analysis of Organizations Serving Racialied and Indigenous Girls" looks at the ways feminist organizations work to include/exclude racialized and Indigenous girls and women. This project has its roots in Manjeet's ten years of experience working as a community organizer locally, nationally and internationally. Within these organizations she has observed how racialized and Indigenous girls are often marginalized in community justice space, not withstanding their increased risks of violence, isolation and adversities. Despite the intentions of these organizations, racialized and Indigenous girls continue to fall through the cracks in mainstream organizations. This project becomes even more imperative as the population of racialized and Indigenous girls increases around the world. Ultimately through this project Manjeet seeks to create real world implications with guidelines for better, more inclusive, sustainable programs for racialized and Indigenous girls locally and abroad.
With a lifetime of experience organizing, troubling and challenging systems, Manjeet is always looking for new ways to re-conceptualize a more beautiful world.