Usha Viswanathan

Dr Usha Viswanathan is an Associate Professor with the Centre for Language Studies at Glendon College, York University. She is responsible for the Salon francophone of Glendon, a safe and welcoming space for all Francophones and learners of French at Glendon. She is also a founding member of the College’s Racial Equity Caucus. She holds a PhD in French as a Second Language (FSL) Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. She is particularly interested in issues of race, racism and colonialism in FSL education in Canada, and systemic barriers in FSL. Her work seeks to identify strategies and concrete steps to eliminate barriers related to race, gender and other forms of diversity in FSL. She develops decolonizing teaching materials that she shares free of charge with FSL teachers in schools.


Catherine Lamaison

Catherine Lamaison is an assistant professor in the Language Training Centre for Studies in French. She holds a PhD in Social Justice Education from OISE, University of Toronto.

Her research interests are in the areas of Francophone cultural studies and FSL teaching and learning. More specifically, she is interested in the educational, social and political aspects of African and Caribbean diasporic music, in the development of (inter)cultural competence in FSL, the influence of the CEFR in FSL teaching at the University level in Canada and inclusive, innovative teaching methods. She is currently working on creating a resource to better accommodate deaf and hard-of-hearing students in oral language classes.

She is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Arts Service Organization ArtBridges – ToileDesArts, a Canada-wide platform of 300+ organizations in the fields of community arts and arts for social change.

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Ken Yav Tshikumba


My name is Ken, I am currently a 4th year Business Economics student at Glendon. Originally from Congo, I grew up speaking French and continue to do so almost every day of my life, which is why I chose Glendon. The bilingual campus allows me to speak French constantly in a city where English is very dominant.

Passionate about sports, music and new discoveries, the Salon Francophone allows me not only to meet new people but also to share good humor with activities such as board games, debates on current events, conversations on music and others. Always in French to promote the French language on our beautiful campus.

I hope to see you soon at the Salon Francophone.



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My name is Amine EL OTMANI and I am an monitor at the Salon Francophone this year!

I am an international student from the Kingdom of Morocco in my third year of a double degree in Business Administration and International Studies at Glendon.

My hobbies are traveling and flying. And I love movies, geography and history of different countries


Raphaëlle Kouadio


I am Raphaëlle Kouadio, originally from the Ivory Coast. I am 20 years old. I am a student in my 2nd year of Biology. I like to have fun, dance, sing and go out with friends or family, travel, discover the islands and their beaches. I also like good food and cooking. I am open to everyone! Feel free to contact me.

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Grâce Anonkré

Hi, I’m Grâce Anonkré. I am a student in Business Economics, 4th year. I am originally from Ivory Coast, I love everything related to art and I am passionate about photography. I love spending time with my friends, discovering new restaurants and spending quality time with those I love.

I am an monitor at the Salon Francophone this year 2022-2023 and I hope to bring you a great experience.




I am Celia, a 3rd year student in International Studies. love outdoor sports like climbing and hiking. I’m passionate about board games, video games and movies (long live pop culture!).

If you want to talk about visual art, music or environment, don’t hesitate to come to the Salon, I’m there every Tuesday!


Leanne Eyre

Hi I’m Leanne Eyre.
I am a French Studies and Mathematics major at Glendon. I am passionate about the French language! So I am very grateful to be able to use it and learn more about French culture as an monitor at Salon Francophone!
In my free time, I love spending time with Teddy, who you can see in the picture!
Also, I love teaching, which is why I tutor high school students in math!
I also love anything to do with art and creativity, like crocheting and paper quilling (which is what we use to spell out ‘Salon Francophone’ on the wall)!
I hope to see you at the Salon! Feel free to come no matter what your level of French is. Everyone, including me, is there to learn from each other.


Selah Mikelson


My name is Selah (si-la). I am Canadian and I have been living in Toronto since I was born. When I was 18, I went to France and lived in Grenoble for a year. I came back to Canada last year to start studying communications at Glendon, and I would like to return to France next year as an exchange student.

In my free time, I enjoy cooking, traveling, and photography!


Salomon Serufuli

Hi, my name is Salomon, I am a Political Science student at Glendon and I am one of the monitors at the Salon Francophone. I was born in Congo (DRC), I moved to Canada five years ago in order to receive a better quality of academic education.

In my free time I like to exercise (weight training, basketball, etc), read and listen to good music.


Danny Andary

My name is Danny. I’m in the drama program.

I love sports, science fiction and learning new things!



Hi. My name is Alicia. I am a second year student at Glendon and I am studying psychology, one of the subjects am really passionate about! I am from Mauritius and came to Toronto in January for my university studies. Two things I really enjoy: dogs and spending time with my friends!

I can’t wait to meet you all, feel free to visit the Salon Francophone for an interesting and fun experience!