Sarah Dryden-Peterson (Research Advisor and Educational Specialist| Email: sarah_dryden@post.harvard.eduSarah Dryden Peterson

Sarah Dryden-Peterson is Assistant Professor of Education at Harvard University. Previously, she was a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada postdoctoral fellow affiliated with the Comparative, International & Development Education Centre at the University of Toronto. Her work focuses on the connections between education and community development. She examines issues such as the role of social institutions in immigrant/refugee integration, the connections between education and family livelihoods, and transnational institution-building. Her work is situated in conflict and post-conflict settings in sub-Saharan Africa and with African Diaspora communities in the United States and Canada. She is concerned with the interplay between local experiences of children, families, and teachers and the development and implementation of national and international policy. Dr. Dryden-Peterson has taught middle school in Boston and founded non-profits in Uganda and South Africa.

Suzanne Hurley (Research Advisor)

Suzanne Hurley recently completed her doctoral studies in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University. Prior to this, as a civil engineer and project manager, she was involved with rural and urban water and sanitation development projects in Togo, Zambia, and Malawi as well as emergency relief in Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Chad. Her areas of interest include planning and policy implementation, gender, the environment, and humanitarian assistance in international refugee camps.

Peter John Murphy (Videographer Consultant)

Peter_John_MurphyPeter Murphy is an award winning television reporter and anchor whose career spanned forty years from 1967 to 2007 and included coverage of some of most the important events in Canada and the world during that time for CKX TV in Brandon Manitoba; CJAY-TV, Winnipeg; CFTO-TV, Toronto and CBC-TV Toronto, and for twenty nine years as a senior National Correspondent and Anchor at CTV National News. Among the major stories he covered: the FLQ crisis in Quebec in 1970, almost every National Federal election since 1967, both Quebec referendums, the OKA crisis, the 1982 and 1991 recessions, the free Trade Negotiations in Washington D.C., the Ipperwash occupation, the Walkerton Tainted Water tragedy, the Iran Contra hearing in Washington, etc. During a stint as CTV’s London Correspondent from 1982 to 1984 Murphy covered the Falklands War, the Israeli invasion of Lebanon, the Lebanese Civil War, the NATO Summit of 1982, and the 1983 British election. From 1985 until 1999 Murphy frequently anchored on the CTV National News and on the CTV Weekend National News. Among the awards Murphy garnered were the RTNDA Charlie Edwards Network Award in 1996 and the prestigious Edward R. Murrow award for TV Spot news covered in 2005. Peter will be leading the development of video productions for the BHER project.

Negin Dahya (Researcher)

Negin_DahyaNegin Dahya is Assistant Professor in the area of Digital Youth at the University of Washington Information School, Seattle, Washington. Her research is grounded in anti-oppressive education for ethnoracial minority groups, with a focus on girls and women using technology. Specifically, Negin’s work explores the following research areas: sociocultural context of digital media production and technology use in under-served schools and communities in Canada; transnational teaching/learning through digital technologies for refugees living in refugee camps in Kenya; and studies focused on “serious play,” ranging from examinations of social and political content in educational videogames to girls’ videogame development for teaching/learning STEM in schools. Negin has been involved with the Borderless Higher Education for Refugees project since 2011 as a researcher and as a member of the Research Knowledge Mobilization Committee and Gender and Equity Committee. She is an Executive Committee Member of the New Scholars Network and is committed to research focused on how existing and accessible technologies like mobile phones and social media applications can be harnessed to support learning and community development for girls and women.