Conversations with McCall MacBain Scholars: Hayley Newman-Petryshen
This past fall, the first cohort of McCall MacBain Scholars arrived at McGill to begin their fully funded master’s or professional degrees. Launched in February 2019, by a landmark $200-million gift from John and Marcy McCall MacBain, the McCall MacBain Scholarship provides mentorship, coaching, and a leadership curriculum, while covering tuition and fees, as well as providing a living stipend of $2,000 per month. Each member of that first cohort was chosen based on their character, community engagement, leadership potential, entrepreneurial spirit, academic strength, and intellectual curiosity. With the 2021-2022 academic year drawing to a close, we caught up with members of that trail-blazing cohort of Scholars and asked them to reflect upon their ground-breaking experience. As part of our Conversations with McCall MacBain Scholars series, we spoke with Hayley Newman-Petryshen, who is in working toward a Master of Arts in Political Science in Development Studies at McGill. Newman-Petryshen graduated from the Global Studies co-op program at Wilfrid Laurier University. I have long been passionate about global issues and gender justice. That journey has made me immensely passionate about trying to figure out ways we can “do development” better – in ways that are localized and embrace both gender and climate justice.
Further, it was in my Gender in a Global Context class where another professor introduced me to the ecofeminist school of thought. I was extremely excited! The most invigorating part for me was knowing that, with the support of the McCall MacBain Scholarship, I would be able to spend more time doing volunteer and advocacy work. My favourite part of being a McCall MacBain Scholar has, without a doubt, been getting to meet and build a community with the other scholars. Being part of the McCall MacBain Scholarship program has given me access to a network that reaches wider than I ever could have imagined. With this, I have taken my learning far beyond the classroom. The McCall MacBain Scholars are an amazing group of people that I am constantly grateful for the opportunity to be in the presence of. The diversity of programs and interests in the groups has been such a gift, whereby we are all able to learn from one another and our specific fields of interest. I think this sort of cross-disciplinary discussion is something I will continue to seek out for the rest of my life.
The leadership sessions have presented us with a unique opportunity to learn from extremely interesting folks from a variety of backgrounds who privilege us with their life learnings. Aside from hearing from our incredible guests, my favourite part of these sessions is getting to hear the diversity of perspectives that each scholar brings to the cases. Ohe has provided me with a lot of guidance in is leadership as a young woman. My experience with the scholarship program so far has been amazing and extremely formative. I don’t think there any particular “kind” of person who should apply – we have all kinds of kinds in this program, from all sorts of disciplines and with all kinds of passions. My heart has always been in grassroots activism and non-profit work.
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