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AMPD Alum on York’s 2024 Top 30 Alumni Under 30 list

AMPD Alum on York’s 2024 Top 30 Alumni Under 30 list

Congratulations to Marissa Magneson (BFA ’18), an alumna of the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design (AMPD), for her recognition as one of York University’s Top 30 Alumni Under 30 for 2024

This notable achievement follows in the footsteps of other distinguished AMPD alumni on previous Top 30 Alumni Under 30 lists, including Gabriela Osio Vanden (BFA '16), Jonelle Sills (BFA ’16/BEd ’16), Shant Joshi (BFA '17), Luke Reece (BA '15), Dani Roche (BDES '13), Rowena Tam (BA '17). Launched in 2021, York’s Top 30 Alumni Under 30 program seeks to highlight the success and diversity of the University’s young alumni community while inspiring the next generation of young alumni leaders to make a positive difference locally and globally.

Marissa Magneson

Marissa Magneson, is a Cree-Métis artist, photographer and educator who passionately pursues cultural reclamation and (re)conciliation. As an arts educator, Marissa collaborates with various organizations, leaving a significant impact across Turtle Island on post-secondary Indigenous student centres, private and public schools, local governments, arts organizations, corporations and her own communities – the Métis Nation of Ontario and Toronto and York Regional Métis Council, where she serves as the elected youth representative. Her advocacy for Métis and Indigenous rights to self-govern, uplift youth, and reclaim fractured cultural identities due to colonization is deeply rooted in her family history. Marissa is a strong advocate for fair and equitable compensation for all artists and arts educators. Currently pursuing a Ph.D. in the Faculty of Education at York University, Marissa's research explores beadwork as pedagogy, a bridge towards cultural reclamation and (re)conciliation. Marissa is a Vanier Scholar, ranking second of 200 across the social sciences and humanities, and is a two-time recipient of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) awards.

To view the full list of 2024 recipients, visit the Top 30 Alumni Under 30 web page.