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Chicago & Vancouver | Chair, Public Policy and Administration Programs |
Master of Public Policy and Administration

Sandra J. Song, Ph.D.



I hold a student-centered approach to education where I infuse the interests, experiences, and background of those in my class into our exploration of the topics I teach. A core belief I hold is drawing on the richness of the lives of the students in order to bring in diverse perspectives and create an educational experience inclusive of the variety of views and understandings in our society. In turn, I help build a community for my learners reflective of the world around them and one that allows for genuine engagement in the challenges we are presented so together we can begin to explore solutions for impact both locally and globally.

In my life, I have continually worked hard to create change around me and be an active developer of solutions to our most pressing challenges. My research, strategic analysis, and management of complex projects has helped fuel important change in different organizational settings. Building collaborative relationships in and across various settings has ignited a multiplier effect, allowing for the sharing solutions and the building of larger initiatives to improve the various organizations and institutions I have supported.

Adler University is a beautiful and diverse community of socially engaged and socially active changemakers. I believe we have a globally unique opportunity and responsibility to make life better for everyone because of our values. My energy and focus is directed at ensuring our community continues to grow and be enriched by a variety of perspectives, and that our work continues to build rich networks of learning, sharing, and partnership so we may in turn fuel the change we know is possible in our world.



  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Alberta
  • M.A., Sociology, Concordia University
  • B.S.W., Social Work, McGill University
  • Honour’s B.A. Sociology, Concordia University
Professional Memberships

Professional Memberships

  • Recruiter and Mentor, Government of Canada, Recruitment of Policy Leaders (RPL) Program, Ottawa, Ontario (2003-2015)


  • Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) Grant, US Embassy in Canada, 2022
  • Covenant Health Seed Research Grant, Misericordia Hospital, 2018
  • Concordia University of Edmonton Internal Research Grant, 2017
  • Fulbright Community Leadership Program Grant 2022, 2017, 2016, 2010 (declined)
  • Growing Forward 2 Food Safety Systems Grant, Alberta Agriculture & Forestry, 2016
  • Deputy Minister’s Award, Canadian Heritage, 2005
  • Director General Letter of Recognition, Canadian Heritage, 2004
  • Sociology Doctoral Research Grant, 2003
  • Fulbright Award, 2002-2003
  • SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, 2000-2001
  • Walter H. Johns Graduate Fellowship, 2000-2001
  • University of Alberta Research Grant, 2000
  • University of Alberta Travel Award, 2000
  • University of Alberta Travel Grant, 1999
  • University of Alberta Ph.D. Scholarship, 1998 -1999
  • University of Alberta Travel Grant, 1998
  • FGS Research Grant, University of Alberta, 1998
  • University of Alberta Ph.D. Scholarship, 1997 -1998
Professional and Academic Positions of Note

Professional and Academic Positions of Note

  • Board Member, Fulbright Canada Alumni Advisory Council
    Board Member, S.U.C.C.E.S.S.
  • Chair, Public Policy and Public Administration Programs, Adler University, Vancouver and Chicago
  • Chair, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, Adler University, Vancouver, Canada
  • Co-Chair, Inter-Racial Alliance of Edmonton (IAEA), Edmonton, Alberta
  • Senior Government Relations Advisor, Covenant House Vancouver, Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Senior Policy Analyst / Acting Manager, Policy, Analysis & Intelligence, Industry Canada ORO, Toronto, Ontario
  • Senior Policy Analyst, Drug Strategy & Controlled Substances Program, Dept. of Health Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
  • Senior Policy Analyst, Multiculturalism and Human Rights Program, Dept. of Canadian Heritage, Gatineau, Quebec

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