Cheryl Heykoop joins SoLS faculty

Cheryl Heykoop

The School of Leadership Studies is pleased to welcome Dr. Cheryl Heykoop. As an associate faculty member, a founding member of the ResiliencebyDesign Research Lab, and a graduate of the DSocSci program, Cheryl is no stranger to Royal Roads. She has taught in the School of Leadership Studies, the School of Humanitarian Studies and in the International Youth Leadership School. She is also a faculty affiliate with the CPC Learning Network at Columbia University and a research associate with the International Institute for Child Rights and Development.

For the last 13 years, Cheryl has worked with young people affected by adversity in Uganda, Sierra Leone, Timor Leste, Thailand, Brazil, Canada and the U.S. to safely and meaningfully share their perspectives and insights about conflicts, disasters and other issues that affect them. She has also worked with a range of organizations including UNICEF, Refugee Law Project, Plan International, Right to Play, governments, civil society, academics and young people on a range of issues including local government decentralization, child protection, transitional justice, community development, public-private partnerships and social change.

Cheryl’s research and teaching interests focus on nature-based leadership, participatory action research, story-telling, resilience, and child and youth engagement around trauma and adversity. Cheryl is particularly interested in how young people can more meaningfully share their experiences of war and disaster and how the lived experiences of young adults living with cancer can better inform research, education, leadership and practice.

We are delighted that Cheryl has joined us as a core faculty member and look forward to our ongoing collaborations with her.