Evangelos Tziallas, PhD 16, earned his PhD at Concordia’s Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, where he focused on communications, media and diversity studies and was a recipient of a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship.
Tziallas published articles on the horror sub-genre known as “Torture Porn,” the queer Greek-Australian film Head On and on the gay social media app Grindr. His major areas of interest included surveillance, queer cinema, HIV/AIDS and cultural politics.
He currently works at the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services in the Ontario Public Service in Toronto and actively volunteers with the Ontario Public Service Pride Network.
What are you doing now?
Evangelos Tziallas: “I am a diversity and inclusion expert with intensive research, data analytics, training and human resources experience in the public sector.
I’m also a Positive Space Advisory Board co-lead at the Ontario Public Service Pride Network. I develop, coordinate and deliver LGBTQ training, answer questions about LGBTQ inclusion and gender pronouns, and I work with decisions-makers on matters related to LGBTQ diversity. I’ve also worked on our ministry’s groundbreaking and award winning guide for transitioning gender in the workplace.”
What does being part of LGBTQ community mean to you and how does it inform your work?
ET: “It means almost everything to me, actually. It allows me to bring my lived experience to the workplace, and truly develop an intersectional approach to diversity.” I not only get to make working in the Ontario Public Service better for LGBTQ people; I get to make working in the Ontario Public Service better for everyone.
What was your Concordia experience like?
ET: “Great! I got to work with renowned film professor Thomas Waugh and taught Queer Cinema two years back-to-back, which was a real highlight! Being in such a queer-friendly university like Concordia and queer-friendly department like the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema was a wonderful and enriching experience.
I had the freedom to make mistakes and learn from them, and now I take what I learned to make real positive change in my workplace.”