Jefferson Morris IV (yes, he is actually the fourth) works as the Sports Inclusion Coordinator with the Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity. He was born in Halifax and still calls good ol’ Nova Scotia home, but he has also lived (and indeed, grown up) in Kuwait, Pennsylvania, Montreal, Glasgow, and now – Ottawa! He is 25, a Libra (but near the cusp of Scorpio), has Canadian-American dual citizenship, and speaks English, Spanish, and French.
Jefferson (or “Jefe” or “Jef”) holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Sociology, and Sexual Diversity Studies from McGill University, and this past year, he attended the University of Glasgow on full scholarship, graduating with honours with a Master of Science in Equality & Human Rights. He is passionate about social justice, (multicultural) feminism, LGBTQ+ rights, sexual health, education, youth empowerment, and sexual and gender diversity – so naturally, the CCGSD is a great fit! He is thrilled to take control of Sports Inclusion Program and make it into all it can be. Developing workshops; collaborating with community, provincial, and countrywide partners; building bridges and making connections; and traveling around Ontario to facilitate these trainings – and educate and interact with young people – is a dream. He has a strong background in education (teaching English, instructing rural Peruvian youth about reproductive health, as a high ropes course facilitator, being a camp counselor for disadvantaged/troubled youth) and is a very social and friendly individual.
Beyond work, Jefferson leads a full life, trying to do something exciting or enjoyable each day. He volunteers with the Lambda Scholarship Foundation Canada, runs a personal travel/life blog (Jetsetter Jefferson), reads a bunch (thanks to my backlit Kindle), plays board games (Scrabble, Werewolves, heavy strategy games), watches horror movies and reality TV (especially The Challenge!), kills it at Super Smash Bros (and favours Mario and Zelda games too), competes at trivia nights, sees friends, devours nachos, does calisthenics and yoga (and will get back into powerlifting in the future), and loves to travel and explore new areas.