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Kamila Bashir

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Emily Carr Alumni Association Graduation Award for Community Engagement – Honourable Mention

The struggle of students to find suitable housing in an apathetic market is symptomatic of chronic underfunding, pressure on universities, and a lack of government prioritization. This recurring issue disproportionately affects international students, heightening their difficulties in securing stable accommodation. The housing market is characterized by a limited supply and high demand, exacerbated by speculative practices, making affordable housing increasingly unattainable. More than just an economic problem, the housing crisis represents a widespread desire among students for stability as they seek to build meaningful lives in the city.

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Kamila Bashir is an interdisciplinary designer, researcher, and facilitator who was born and raised in India. She currently lives, works and creates on the unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Her work is dedicated to building and nurturing communities that can thrive, advocate for social change, challenge the status quo, and explore regenerative systems involving humans and beyond.

As a student at Emily Carr University studying Industrial Design, Kamila has embraced numerous opportunities to cultivate community practices. She has served as Chairperson at the Emily Carr Student’s Union and as a Research Assistant at the Health Design Lab. In 2022, she worked with BC Women’s Hospital through the Health Design Lab on a project to support the stillbirth journey at the hospital. In 2023, she participated in the Climate Justice Field School with the City of Vancouver, examining what power-sharing looks like in communities most affected by climate change. Kamila is also involved in a current project aiming to build dementia-friendly communities, furthering her commitment to creating inclusive and supportive environments.

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