Kellogg Fellow

Sabra Desai is a registered counsellor therapist and an educator. A former faculty in the School of Social and Community Services and her last position at Humber College was Manager of Community Partnership. Anchored in the values of Adult Learning, and Transformational Leadership she has provided leadership in the areas of inclusive education and access to post-secondary education for marginalized and vulnerable populations including Aboriginal youth. Sabra laid the foundation for the Humber College Centre of Human Rights, Equity and Diversity as well as initiating the Aboriginal Student Resource Centre by submitting a successful grant application with Elder Shelley Charles. She also assisted with creating the Humber College Community Partnership Fund. Sabra is skilled in clinical therapeutic social work, community engagement as well as capacity building and is a respected leader who has pioneered organizational and social innovation. She is a published writer in the areas of youth issues, violence against women, diversity and inclusion. In the early 1980s, Sabra worked with a group of women to advocate for a shelter for women and children survivors of family violence which led to the establishment of Interim Place, the first such shelter in Peel Region. Sabra has also worked internationally on issues related to human rights, health and mental health. She is also the recipient of several awards for advocacy, social justice and education including the 2015 YWCA Woman of Distinction Award for Education.