Aditi Mehta, Ph.D. is a scholar and educator of urban studies and planning.

University of Toronto x Regent Park Focus: A Collaborative Media and Research Initiative

We are two groups with one goal. One group is a class of urban studies students from the University of Toronto. The other is a cohort of teenage Muslim women, collectively known as the Divas Girls, living in Regent Park. Together, we create media projects about Regent Park and the lived experiences of its residents.

We believe that bringing together university students and Regent Park youths creates a unique environment for learning about our social world and social processes. Often in universities, entrenched social norms and established institutional structures silence different types of knowledge. We aim to shake that paradigm.