Tharsini Sivananthajothy (she/her) is a racialized woman of Thamil heritage from Scarborough, Ontario. She is a second-year medical student at the University of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine, where she holds multiple leadership positions including vice-president community and global health for the Calgary Medical Students Association and co-chair of the EDI in Curriculum Taskforce. Ms. Sivananthajothy is a passionate advocate for social justice, healthy public policy and centring the voices and lived experiences of equity-deserving communities. She strives to bring attention to the need to dismantle systems of oppression in medicine and beyond.
Before entering medical school, Ms. Sivananthajothy worked as a policy development officer at the City of Toronto, supporting policy development and strategic planning for the early years and childcare system. Ms. Sivananthajothy holds a master of science degree in public health, with a specialization in global health, from the University of Alberta School of Public Health. Her academic training is complemented by over 10 years of equity-driven community development experiences in Edmonton, Toronto and international settings. She served as the board director of grants and research for the Canadian Tamil Youth Development Centre (CanTYD) and has represented students’ voices at decision-making tables including the Scarborough Campus Students’ Union and the University of Alberta Graduate Students’ Association and as student governor for the University of Toronto Governing Council.
In recognition of her service to community, Ms. Sivananthajothy received Alberta’s provincial Graduate Citizenship Award and has been named one of Alberta’s “Top 30 Under 30” by the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation.