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Tania Canas - Self-Actualization through Conscientization

Fall 2013 - Volume V, Issue 1

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Tania Cañas

Tania Cañas is the Arts Director at RISE Refugee, a not-for-profit organization in Melbourne, Australia. RISE is the first refugee and asylum seeker welfare and advocacy organization in Australia to be run by refugees, asylum seekers, and ex-detainees.

Tania holds a Bachelor of Contemporary Arts (Drama and Psychology) and a Masters Degree in Communications at RMIT University. She has previously presented at the 18th Annual Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Conference at the University of California, Berkeley. Tania and the RISE theatre team were also invited to perform a Forum Theatre piece for Monash University’s Conference: Cultural Space, Theatricality and the Performance of Asia in Australia. She recently performed her Currency Press published short monologue script and took part in a panel discussion as part of the Diversity on Stage and Screen event at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI).

Tania currently sits on the Arts Victoria Arts Advisory Assessment Panel Register as part of a 3 year tenure, having had her nomination endorsed by the Australian Minister for the Arts.

Editorial Board

Executive Editor
Arlene Dallalfar, Ph.D. Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies, Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences, International Higher Education and Intercultural Relations Program, and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Social Sciences Division

Joshua Baldwin, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Socia Work, Social Sciences Division, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Katherine Barone, Ph.D. Division Director, Psychology and Applied Therapies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Meenakshi Chhabra, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Global Interdisciplinary Studies, International Higher Education and Intercultrual Relations, Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences

Lisa B. Fiore, Ph.D. Professor of Education, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Roser Gine, Ed.D. Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Graduate School of Education


Amy Gooden, Ed.D. Assistant Professor of TESOL and Bilingual Education, Graduate School of Education


Marjorie Jones, Ed.D. Professor Emeritas, Education, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences


Kazuyo Kubo, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Sociology and Child Studies, Social Science Division, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Solange de Azambuja Lira, Ph.D. Professor Emeritas, TESOL and Bilingual Education Division of Language and Literacy Graduate School of Education

Kelvin Ramirez, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Art Therapy, Division of Expressive Therapies, Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences

Nisha Sajnani, PhD, RDT/BCT Coordinator Drama Therapy/Psychodrama Program; Faculty, Expressive Therapies PhD Program, Division of Expressive Therapies, Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences

Rebecca Zarate, Assistant Professor of Expressive Therapies; Program Coordinator, Music Therapy, Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences

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