Vice-President of Advocacy
Carson is the co-founder and Associate Director for Gender-Affirming Care Nova Scotia, a grassroots non-profit working to improve healthcare and health outcomes for members of the transgender, intersex, and gender-diverse community in Nova Scotia. GACNS operates on a volunteer basis, directors included and is nationally recognized for its efforts to improve the lives of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community.
Through their work with GACNS, Carson has collected data about people that attempted to access Medavie Blue Cross coverage for gender-affirming care, co-organized the first gender-affirming care protest in Halifax, and spoken publically about health equity and access. Their commitment to their community is reflected in their work as a student executive.
Carson operated as the 2022-2023 Vice President of Advocacy, developing policies and a pilot program for Members from equity-denied communities. They co-organized Gender-Affirming Care Day, a student-led initiative with the Dalhousie Association of Graduate Students. GAC Day attendees could access a WPATH-certified physician, free gender gear, a new gender pathway software that simplified name and gender marker changes, and an expert on 2SLGBTQIA+ health policy in Nova Scotia. Carson was also the spearhead of two new, critical guidelines: the domestic violence guideline for students living in MSVU's residences and the smudging in residence document.
Carson is the co-lead for a budding harm reduction initiative at MSVU. They aim to make fentanyl tester strips and naloxone available to students on campus, with careful consideration paid to Members from equity-denied communities, should they be elected again. This project is one of many they wish to complete if granted another term as the Vice President of Advocacy. Other project plans concern barriers to housing, developing support for BIPOC students, and creating a more accessible environment at MSVU.