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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Arshia U. Zaidi

Associate Professor

Faculty of Social Science and Humanities

Contact information

Bordessa Hall - Room 327
Downtown Oshawa
55 Bond Street East
Oshawa, ON

905.721.8668 ext. 3443

Research topics

  • Intimate partner violence survivors (IPV)
  • Issues of immigration, assimilation, acculturation
  • Race, gender, sexuality and family generational issues
  • Survivors of elderly abuse
  • Power of information communication technology/social media in IPV and immigrant youth
  • Methodological issues in the field (insider/outsider: community partnerships)

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Researcher Profile

Courses taught


  • Data Analysis 1 (2910)
  • Advanced Data Analysis 2 (3910)
  • Integrating Projects (4099)
  • Sociological Theories of Criminology (2810)
  • Honours Thesis


  • Advanced Data Analysis 1 Graduate (5010)
  • Advanced Multivariate Data Analysis 2 Graduate (5030)
  • Graduate supervision for MA/PhD and major papers