BHSc Alumni Spotlight

Health and Society

Daniela

Daniela Navia, BHSc'11

Senior Research and Evaluation Anaylst
Canada Council for the Arts / Conseil des arts du Canada

  • BHSc - Health and Society- University of Calgary
  • MA - Anthropology - University of Calgary

I was able to access a number of meaningful and prestigious opportunities during my time in the program, and in turn received the support of mentors and supervisors who helped me be successful in my career.

Daniela Navia, BHSc'11

What is your favorite BHSc memory? 

 Through the BHSc, I had the invaluable opportunity to be involved in a number of research initiatives locally and internationally. Each of these experiences enabled me to grow as a researcher and meet amazing people.

Looking back, what advice would you give yourself as a student?

 Look for elective courses that interest you, particularly seminar courses. Community service learning courses are a great way to combine academic learning and hands-on opportunities that will help you better understand your skills and interests and build meaningful relationships.

What is the best thing about your current job?

In my current role with the Canada Council for the Arts, I oversee a diverse research portfolio and team that is responsible for creating and sharing knowledge on the arts sector. Through collaborative initiatives, I am able to integrate my passions for critical inquiry, knowledge sharing and social justice, to benefit the arts sector and the public. I feel very fortunate to be able to work for an organization that is aligned with my values and that plays an important role in fostering access to creativity and the arts for everyone.

 

 

How has your career evolved?

My experiences as an immigrant fostered a deep curiosity for understanding processes and systems of inequality from the perspectives of marginalized communities. Over time, I developed a strong interest in arts and storytelling as a way of understanding the world, and as a research method. 

How did your BHSc degree help you get to where you are now/current career? 

The BHSc is an amazing program for those who are interested in applied research. Through the program, I gained a strong foundation of research skills, as well as invaluable experience with a wide range of projects. I was able to access a number of meaningful and prestigious opportunities during my time in the program, and in turn received the support of mentors and supervisors who helped me be successful in my career.

What is the best piece of advice you have received during your career journey?

Finding your way as a researcher through academic and professional environments can be daunting. It is important to find a supportive network of people who can provide mutual encouragement, understanding and support.