The University of Winnipeg Global College fosters global citizenship and engagement in human rights through interdisciplinary teaching, research, dialogue, and action in local and global communities.

Global College Provides students, faculty, staff, visiting scholars, and community leaders with ways to interact on their diverse perspectives about global citizenship, human rights, and other issues affecting local and global communities.

 Global College hosts 3 research and public education institutes:

Institute for International Women's Rights

Director: Dr. Julie Pelletier (Acting)



About the Institute

The Institute for International Women's Rights provides opportunities for research, learning, dialogue, and action on Women's Rights in collaboration with groups and organizations within the university, such as the Institute for Women's and Gender Studies, and in the larger community, such as the Winnipeg branch of UNIFEM.

About the Director


Dr. Julie Pelletier (Acting)
P: 204.988.7106

Dr. Julie Pelletier began her appointment as Acting Director of the Institute for International Women's Rights - Global College following Professor McPhedran's appointment to the Senate. She is acting in the role of director until a new director is appointed.

Dr. Pelletier is Associate Professor of Indigenous Studies at the University of Winnipeg is a descendant of the Wesget Sipu Fish River Tribe of northern Maine. She earned her Ph.D. and MA in Cultural Anthropology at Michigan State University and was the first graduate student at MSU whose doctoral research was funded by a tribe, the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.

She has conducted fieldwork in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with the Anishinaabeg and in Aotearoa/New Zealand with the Maori. Her research interests include decolonization, identity issues, representation and ritualization. Most recently her research has focused on American Indian casino gaming as site of contestation. She was a founder and coordinator of the American Indian Studies program at the University of Minnesota-Morris, where she was an associate professor of Anthropology and American Indian Studies. Read more about IIWR.



The Caribbean Research Insitute

Director: Dr. Ivan Roksandic


About the Institute

The Caribbean Research Institute (CRI) advances research in the circum-Caribbean region, provides fora for dissemination of findings, and promotes mobility and interaction in research and education of Canadian and Caribbean scholars and students. The work of the CRI is conducted through collaboration of UW researchers with researchers from three other Canadian universities (Bishop’s University; Lakehead University; University of Toronto), as well as with scholars from Cuba (University of Havana), Nicaragua (Bluefields Indian and Caribbean University), Jamaica (University of the West Indies at Mona) and Costa Rica (Universidad de Costa Rica). The CRI also works in partnership with various local and national heritage institutions (Cuban Institute of Anthropology; Jamaica National Heritage Trust).

The CRI organizes Speakers Series on main campus where our members present to the academic community and to the general public their recent research results.

About the Director

Ivan Roksandic

Dr. Ivan Roksandic
Phone: 204-786-9078

Ivan Roksandic (PhD University of British Columbia) is a broadly trained linguist with a background in archaeology, epigraphy, history of script, and mythopoeia. His current research deals with indigenous languages of South America, specifically with Arawakan and Chibchan language families. He is interested in problems such as the subdivisions of Arawakan family and the spread of Arawakan languages across northeastern portion of South America. Furthermore, combining linguistic and archaeological lines of research, he explores the patterns of successive migrations and colonization of the Caribbean islands and the linguistic heritage of different pre-Colombian ethnic groups as expressed in the toponymy of this region.

His other field of study concerns the influence of, and complex interrelations between, mythology and folk traditions, on one hand, and literature, written history, and cultural heritage, on the other.

Recent publications include The Ouroboros Seizes Its Tale: Strategies of Mythopoeia in Narrative Fiction (2010), and Cuban Archaeology in the Caribbean (2016). He is currently working on the Dictionary of Pre-Columbian Place Names in the Caribbean.

Members of the Caribbean Research Insitute

University of Winnipeg, Manitoba
Ivan Roksandic, Department of Anthropology
William M. Buhay, Department of Geography
Yadira Chinique de Armas, Department of Anthropology
Mirjana Roksandic, Department of Anthropology
Jason Yaremko, Department of History

Bishop’s University, Quebec
Matthew Peros, Department of Environmental Studies and Geography

McGill University, Quebec

Anna Agosta G'meiner, Department of Geography

Memorial University, St. John’s, Newfoundland
Meghan Burchell, Department of Archaeology

University of Toronto Mississauga, Ontario
Gary W. Crawford, Department of Anthropology
Esteban Parra, Department of Anthropology
David G. Smith, Department of Anthropology

Dirección Provincial de Cultura, Matanzas, Cuba
Silvia Hernández Godoy, Heritage Specialist

Fundación Antonio Núñez Jiménez de la Naturaleza y el Hombre, Havana
Esteban Grau González-Quevedo
Institute of Anthropology, Havana, Cuba

Ulises González Herrera, Department of Archaeology

National Centre of Medical Genetics, Havana, Cuba
Beatriz Marcheco-Teruel, Genetic Epidemiology Group

University of Havana, Cuba
Roberto Rodriguez Suárez, Department of Biology

The Genesis Project, Kingston, Jamaica
Ivor Conolley, Executive Director

Bluefields Indian & Caribbean University (BICU-CIDCA), Nicaragua
Donald Byers, Heritage Conservationist

National Autonomous University of Nicaragua Managua, Nicaragua
Leonardo Lechado Rios, Department of History

University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
Juan Carlos Martínez Cruzado, Department of Biology

University of Puerto Rico Utuado, Puerto Rico
Reniel Rodríguez Ramos, Department of Pedagogy and Social Sciences

Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena, Germany
Kathrin Nägele, Department of Archaeogenetics

Read more about CRI.