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Elmira Tayyar (she/her)

UBC Project Coordinator - IRIS Project

Elmira Tayyar (she/her) is the UBC Project Coordinator for the IRIS Project at the Centre for Gender & Sexual Health Equity and  an immigrant on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) nations. Elmira first became involved with the IRIS Project as a Research Assistant and qualitative interviewer in 2019 and later, took on the Assistant Project Coordinator role. Elmira holds a Master’s in Public Health from Simon Fraser University as well as a BSc in Global Resource Systems from the University of British Columbia, where she focused on global health and international nutrition. Elmira is passionate about im/migrant health, women and children’s health, and sustainable development. Her interests stem from her personal experience of being born in Iran, growing up in Azerbaijan and immigrating to Canada, where her and her family has resided for most of her life. Some of Elmira’s noteworthy experiences in the field of reproductive health and gender equity include a research project in Uganda, where she studied the challenges faced by rural pregnant women when accessing pregnancy-related health services, as well as her work as a Settlement Support Worker/Group Facilitator with refugee women with young children at a non-profit organization in BC. Elmira uses an equity-centered approach to ensure her work is meaningful, equitable, and meets the needs of the communities she works with.