Congratulations JCURA winners!

There were so many great Jamie Cassels University Research Award (JCURA) winners this year but two that we are esspecially proud of! Congrats Eric and Mack! 

Eric Willis

Eric Willis is a queer, non-binary, white settler of German, Irish and Scottish descent, raised on Coast Salish Territories, home to the Snaw-naw-as and Qualicum First Nations. Today, they live in the territories of the Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ nations. They have a BA in Gender Studies with honours and a minor in Applied Ethics from the University of Victoria. Eric expresses themselves creatively by interweaving queer, feminist and anti-colonial theory with their artistic and activist practices. Some of their best memories at UVic are getting to apply their learning in the work they do for the Gender Empowerment Centre.

Mack Costello

Hi! My name is Mack (she/her) and I’m a settler of mostly Scottish, Irish, and British ancestry living on the stolen lands of the Lkwungen and WSANEC Peoples. My geographic location, as well as my social location within a body that’s read as thin, white, upper-class, and able-bodied, allows me the privileges to create Toyhood. From the computer I write my screenplay on, to the camera I use to film, to my ability to steal clothes from Value Village without being profiled, every tool and method of the filmmaking process is given to me because of my privilege of location. Equally, my experience of navigating the world as a queer and trans neurodivergent person informs the stories I tell and the way I tell them.
JCURA Poster: Toyhood