Moussa Magassa

Associate faculty

Leadership Studies

As a social activist embedded in academia, Magassa has been teaching numerous courses on global leadership, social justice, human rights social change, intercultural conflict resolution, justice, equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism education. Magassa also supervises numerous MA capstone projects and thesis papers within academia, the social services, the not-for-profit and business. 

Magassa believes in seeking out ways to collectively create innovative solutions for the local and global challenges that confront our human social, cultural, political, economic and environmental realities. He also works as the UVic Principal Strategist, Community Engagement, Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism Education.

Magassa's research interests include critical race theory, anti-racism education and activism, human rights education, intercultural communication, capacity building and conflict resolution, human security and peacebuilding, Justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion, international development and social transformation, immigrants and refugees’ settlement, adaptation and integration, and nonviolence alternatives to violence.


Magassa worked as a non-violence trainer and peace researcher on the Ceasefire Campaign in South Africa from 1996 to 2001 prior to becoming the Program Coordinator, Refuge Integration for the Immigrants Services Society of BC from 2004 to July 2007.

Magassa went on to become a mediator for parents and teens at the Family Services of Greater Vancouver from June to September 2007. Following this, he became an instructor at the University of British Columbia, Centre for Intercultural Communication, where he continues teaching today.

From 2008 to 2010, Magassa worked as an instructor at College Educacentre in Vancouver, while teaching the diploma program in Intercultural Studies and Practice.

Magassa was a guest lecturer at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia for ten years, from 2008 to 2018. From 2010 to 2014 he served as Adjunct Professor for the Master of Dispute Resolution program at the School of Public Administration. 

In 2013, Magassa became an associate faculty member for the Social Justice program at the University of Victoria, where he continues teaching today. At the same time, Magassa became an associate faculty member at Royal Roads University.

In 2007, he began working as UVic Human Rights Education Advisor before moving to the position of Specialist, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Anti-Racism and Partnerships. Magassa's role was extended in 2021 to Principal Strategist, Community Engagement, JEDI and Anti-racism. He is also the CEO of Magassa – Intercultural Capacity Building. Visit his website to learn more.


Certificate in Human Resource Management

Simon Fraser University

PhD Curriculum and Instruction

University of Victoria

Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

University of Victoria

Certificate in Qualified Intercultural Development Administrator


Master of Arts in Human Security & Peacebuilding

Royal Roads University

Bachelor or Arts (Hons) in Conflict Resolution & Peace Studies

Kwazulu Natal University

Certificate in International Human Rights Law & International Humanitarian Law

United Nations Training in Correspondence Instructions

Certificate in Mediation (with distinction)

University of South Africa


Magassa, Moussa, Li, Yali, France, Honore, & Rodriguez, Carmen. (2021). “Acculturation and adaptation: Providing counselling for immigrants and refugees”, a chapter in the book Diversity, Culture and Counselling: A Canadian Perspective, 3rd edition. Forthcoming.

Magassa, Moussa & France, Honore (2021). “Counselling Black Canadians”. A chapter in the book Diversity, Culture and Counselling: A Canadian Perspective, 3rd edition. Forthcoming.

Turner, David and Magassa, Moussa (2021, 2020, 2016, 2013), “Human Rights Protection in British Columbia” a chapter in the book Introduction to Law in Canada, edited by Laurence Olivo. Toronto, Canada: Captus Press.

Magassa, Moussa & Jason Price (2020). The Impacts of Global Citizenship Education on Formal and Non-Formal Education - A Literature Review, Forthcoming

Magassa, Moussa & Rosanna Hille (2011). The Active Engagement Integration Program Evaluation of professionally trained immigrants to Canada from Korea, Philippines and Taiwan. Final Report of the evaluation to the SUCCESS overseas program, prepared for SUCCESS, Vancouver, Dec. 2010 - March 2011.

Magassa, Moussa (2010). Forum de Consultation - Jeunes immigrants francophones de la C-B. Final Report.  College Educacentre, Vancouver, 2010.

Magassa, Moussa (2008). The recruitment and reception capacity of francophone minority communities, in Immigration and Diversity in Francophone Minority Communities, in the Canadian Issues journal, Spring 2008.

Magassa, Moussa & Rosanna Hille (2008). The Perspectives of Canadians of Diverse Backgrounds on Linguistic Duality—report prepared for the Ministry of the Commissioner for Official Language following the Discussion Forum held in Vancouver, November 24, 2008:

Magassa, Moussa & Rosanna Hille (2008). The Youth Taking Action Program Evaluation (Youth Tap) Report. The Canadian Red Cross Society.

Handford, Penny, Magassa, Moussa, & Richard Bridge (2006). Research Study on Business Mentoring Activities - Phase One: Literature Review and Inventory of Business Mentoring Activities (AMSSA, 2006):

Magassa, Moussa (2001). They call us kwerekwere, in Active Voices, The South African Reader, Issue 7, May 2001, Johannesburg, South Africa.