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Advocating for missing Indigenous women – The Medium
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Jerry Flores talks about his academic journey and his research on missing and murdered Indigenous women
From a high school drop-out to an assistant professor, Dr. Jerry Flores has overcome several obstacles along his journey to academia. He is currently an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Toronto Mississauga, a 2019 recipient of the Connaught New Researcher Award, a researcher and advocate for missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada, and an author. The Medium sat down with him to learn more about his book, his research, and his journey in academia.
Flores states that his academic journey began with his parents who played a significant role in shaping his personality. “Ever since I was little, my mom has always instilled in me this instinct of curiosity and my dad always promoted this inspired desire to contribute to social justice and to help people.” He believes that these two attributes are what kick-started his career and encouraged him to become the person he is today.