Gina Uppal’s interest in social innovation sits at the intersection of youth development and education. She tackles her work with an equity lens developed through her academic background in the social determinants of health and social policy from Western University in London, Ontario, and American University in Washington, DC, where she studied as a Fulbright-Killam Fellow.
Prior to joining Studio Y, Gina coordinated the Scholar’s Electives Program at Western University, coaching high-achieving students through their academic, career and personal development. Gina sits on the National Youth Advisory Board and is a research trainee for Voices Against Violence, a national Canadian Institutes of Health Research study that explores issues of inequality, exclusion and belonging, identity, health and well-being as they affect youth in Canada. She also serves as a board member of the Ontario Nonprofit Network. Gina is recognized as a StartingBloc Social Change Fellow (Los Angeles, CA) and a Western University President’s National Scholar and Faculty of Health Sciences Young Alumni Award recipient.