Irene Mai (麦雪宜) is a second-generation Chinese settler who resides as an uninvited guest in Amiskwaciy-Wâskahikan and Lək̓ʷəŋən Territories. She is currently a graduate student in the Master’s of Arts in Counselling Psychology program at the University of Victoria. Irene is completing her thesis under the guidance and supervision of Dr. Fred Chou.

Irene’s research interests include exploring the anti-racism discourse, ethnic identity development, BIPOC mental health, and culturally responsive work with minors. She is especially drawn to research that uplifts youths’ voices, including narrative, intersectional, and participatory approaches. Irene utilizes her previous experience as a child and youth care practitioner to inform her counseling practice and research approach, striving to incorporate a relational, social-justice, and strength-based lens in her work with young people to honor their voices and power. 

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