“These social institutions are the two parts of one’s life that have to work. You really cannot begin to think about fixing anything else before you have tackled social problems in these areas,” says the Montreal native.
In her sociology honours research, supervised by Dr. Fabrizio Antonelli, Doyle looked at how the education system either reproduces social inequalities or instead acts as an equalizer, giving all students an equal advantage.
Outside the classroom Doyle was involved with the Sociology Society, SMILE, musical theatre, Swing Dance Society, and on the executive for Change your Mind.
Change your Mind is a student group that promotes mental health and works diligently to decrease the stigma attached to mental illness.
“It is probably what I am most involved with. That has been a huge part of not only my research, but also of being a TA, my tutoring, and my friendships. I really let it pervade everything I do and I am proud of what we have been able to achieve on campus.”
Doyle has helped organize a speaker series, a weekly peer-support group, and every body’s favourite, therapy dogs at exam time.
Doyle received a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Scholarship to continue her studies in sociology. The $17,500 SSHRC is one of the most prestigious scholarships available to a graduate in the social sciences at a Canadian university.