Dr. Gillian Creese

PhD, MA, BA
Board Member

Gillian’s interest in working with MOSAIC stems from her personal and academic engagement with issues of immigration, settlement, anti-racism and social justice in Canada. She is trained as a Sociologist and has taught at the University of British Columbia since 1986, appointed as a Professor in the Department of Sociology and in the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice. Gillian has held several administrative positions within UBC (as Program Chair, Director of a unit, and now Associate Dean of Arts, Faculty & Equity) where organizational skills, teamwork, problem solving, and collegiality are critical.

For the past 20 years she has engaged in research on local settlement issues in metro Vancouver, addressing the gender dynamics that affect women and men differently, and focusing particularly on working with smaller communities that come from sub-Saharan Africa.

In addition to research with immigrants and refugees, Gillian has a long-standing interest in government policies around immigration and settlement in Canada, and in comparison to the United States, Europe and Australia.

Gillian has a long association with MOSAIC. She served as a member of the MOSAIC Board of Directors from 1994 through 1999, including serving as Vice President from 1995 to 1997. She also has experience working with a smaller settlement agency. From 2008 until 2015 Gillian served as a member of the Board of Directors of Umoja Newcomer Family Services.

Gillian has been fortunate to be able to combine her passion for research with her teaching, her community service, and her advocacy for greater social justice in Canada.