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Famous Brock University Alumni and Affiliates

Famous Brock University Alumni and Affiliates

Do you know who the most famous Brock University Alumni are? Here are a few names you may recognize. Maybe someday you’ll make the list!

Brock University has several famous female alumni and affiliates from academics, politicians, and athletes. Mariana Valverde received her B.A. from Brock University and Ph.D. in Social and Political Thought from York University. Since 1993, she has taught in the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies at the University of Toronto since 1993, and served as Director from 2007 to 2013. Additionally, she was a founder of the Sexual Diversity Studies program where she is an instructor and steering committee member.

Her current research interests include urban law and governance, Foucault, and sexuality studies. She has written six books, co-edited six collections, and numerous articles and reports. Her most recent book, published in 2017, is Michel Foucault, which “explores the theoretical contribution of Michel Foucault to the fields of criminology, law, justice and penology.”

Alumna Wrestler Tonya Verbeek, received her Masters in Education from Brock University. She is a three-time Olympian and freestyle wrestling 55kg medallist. She won a silver medal in Athens in 2004, a bronze in Beijing in 2008 and silver in London in 2012, making her “the most decorated Canadian wrestler of all-time.”

After serving as the Women’s Assistant Coach at the Brock Wrestling Club, one of Canada’s top wrestling programs, for six years, in 2013, Verbeck became a Talent Identification Coach for Wrestling Canada.

Avril Phaedra Douglas “Kim” Campbell was the first female to serve in a variety of positions in the Canadian government, including Attorney General, Minister of Veterans Affairs, and Prime Minister from June to December 1993. She received an honorary L.L.D from Brock University in 1988. Two years later, Campbell became the first female Justice Minister. During her tenure, she was involved in creating a new rape law that established that “no means no” in sexual assault cases, and introduced the rape shield law that prevented a woman’s sexual history from scrutiny during trial.

As Prime Minister, Campbell reorganised the Cabinet, eliminating, re-designing or combining ministries, creating the smallest Cabinet in twenty years. In the end, 8 ministries were redesigned and renamed, and fifteen were abolished or combined. Despite these reforms, Parliament did not meet during Campbell’s short tenure, and therefore no legislation was passed. When her term ended, making her the first Prime Minister to hold office in all three levels of government, Campbell became the first Canadian Prime Minister to serve as a diplomat after leaving office.

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