Dylan Paré is a PhD Candidate in the Learning Sciences at the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, and Director of the Queer Code Collective.
Dylan researches and designs 2D and 3D/Virtual Reality computer simulations for public engagement and learning about complex systems, coding, and technology through the primary lens of gender and sexuality. Dylan’s identity as a non-binary and queer person and their years of community activism drives their passion to align their design and research work for the benefit of their communities. Their collaborative work has exhibited at the National Music Centre of Canada, Beakerhead science and technology festival, TEDx Calgary, the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, and Spark Science Centre. Dylan co-directed Creative Futures 360º in 2018, was a Fleck Fellow of the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in 2019, an Alberta Innovates (Technology) scholarship awardee in 2019, and an Oculus Launch Pad 2019 alumni.
Dylan was an invited speaker at the 2019 Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA) and Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity’s Story Studio panel on Cultural Diversity and Creative Storytelling, as well as an invited speaker at the 2020 Educators in VR International Summit where they presented on gender and sexual diversity in virtual reality.
Dylan previously worked as an educational consultant in gender and sexuality for workplace and community settings, and in post-secondary student services for gender and sexual diversity, healthy relationships, and sexual health education. They hold a Master of Arts in Communication and Culture and a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies, in which they were also awarded the Governor General’s Silver Medallion in Women’s Studies.