Candace Sara Ciju

Student, University of Toronto

About Candace Sara Ciju

Hi everyone!

My name is Candace (she/her), and I am a third-year international student at the University of Toronto. I am originally from India, but was born and raised in the UAE. I am pursuing a double major in Peace, Conflict & Justice Studies and History. I am passionate about diplomacy and history, and deeply interested in legal discourse, debate, and various policy issues. Specifically, I am drawn to topics such as sustainability and climate policy, immigration, and community-based welfare. 

My Laidlaw Summer I project will explore the potential for Faith-based organisations (FBOs) to work alongside newly emerging interfaith alliances to enhance their roles in philanthropy and development, while simultaneously preventing the development of a tradition of communal violence in India. My goal is to provide a comprehensive analysis of the activities of six Indian FBOs based on Hinduism, Islam, and Christianity, focusing on their impact on social cohesion, maximising welfare and the creation of communal harmony. 

I am a/an:

Undergraduate Leadership & Research Scholar


University of Toronto

Laidlaw Cohort Year


Research Topic

Development Studies Education Identity & Belonging Religion Social Work Sociology

Area of Expertise

Humanities Politics Social Sciences

I am from:

India United Arab Emirates

I speak:

English Malayalam

My hobbies/interests are:

Badminton Chess Cooking/Baking Dance Film & TV Football (soccer) Music Nature & environment Reading

I am open to participating in mentoring/buddy programmes


Influencer Of


Channels contributed to:

Arts & Humanities Social Sciences Research

Rooms participated in:

University of Toronto