Deena Kara Shaffer
Deena Kara Shaffer, PhD, MEd, BEd, (Hons)BA, OCT is the Coordinator of Student Transitions and Retention, Student Wellbeing, at Ryerson University, and the President of the Learning Specialists Association of Canada. Whether by immersion in nature, somatic Programmeming, digital strategies, or arts-based provocations, Deena helps students learn how to learn and to do so from an equity-guided, research-driven, health-promoting approach. Formerly a learning strategist with Ryerson's Disability Services Office and a skilled OCT teacher, Deena offers a holistic, empathic, and joy-based pedagogical stance. Deena holds a doctorate in nature-based pedagogy and learning strategies and is also a trained yoga teacher (200 hours), restorative yoga teacher (60 hours), mindfulness meditation teacher, and published poet (The Grey Tote, Véhicule Press, 2013). Deena is a public speaker, consultant, and writer on learning and well-becoming, and owner of Awakened Learning.