Abinaya Balasubramaniam is a researcher, artist, and community activist. Prior to joining the Wellesley Institute, she worked as a research assistant at Women’s College Research Institute and the University of Toronto. She has also interned at the United Nations Women headquarters in New York City. She has worked internationally in Kenya and Namibia where she developed workshops on sexual health for both women and girls. At the Wellesley, Abinaya works with the Toronto Police Services, focusing on developing and implementing equitable strategies. Abinaya holds a Master’s degree in Women and Gender Studies from the University of Toronto, where she focused on mainstream media’s gendered and racialized representations of inner-city neighborhoods.