Disturb the Establishment is a platform made by students for students. We focus on educating young people about human rights and social justice, whether through theoretical concepts, prominent figures in the field, or past and current events. We strive to create an environment in which students can meaningfully engage with the presented topics and think critically about the systems we live in. We mainly focus on education through social media.


Our Team

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Meet Avery

Founder, Co-Lead

Avery McQuirter is a 21-year-old full-time student from Ottawa, Canada, and the founder of Disturb the Establishment. Her studies focus on global inequalities and social change and Indigenous rights and resistance. Avery has always been vocal about social injustices and the broken system we live in, but she has never done something of this calibre. She created this organization after participating in a climate change webinar that featured David Suzuki, Sheila Watt-Cloutier and Margaret Atwood. Avery was inspired (and maybe just a little tipsy) enough to create her version of a solution: spreading awareness and educating others through social media.

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Meet Brandi

Co-Lead, Content Creator

Brandi Hale is a 21-year-old student in Ottawa, Ontario/unceded Algonquin territory, originally from Thunder Bay, Ontario/Anishinabewaki territory. Her studies focus on institutional and everyday inequities and the intersectionality of oppressions, particularly within the immigration system. Her interests include feminism, sustainability and the connections between art and social justice. She has always been invested in local social justice initiatives but she is excited to further her education and activism with Disturb The Establishment.


Meet Maliha

Content Creator

Maliha (she/her) is a 20-year-old student from Ottawa and is completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto, where she studies History and Social Cultural Anthropology.  She enjoys analyzing contemporary social justice issues with a historical lens and is particularly interested in decolonization. She is excited to work with DTE to share content she is passionate about, as well as continue to learn from the community it has created!



Find DTE elsewhere!


The Charlatan

Carleton University's Independent Newspaper

Thank you to Nehaa Bimal for the great interview and to Tory Whitworth for the photography! Read their article to learn about the importance of knowledge-sharing, our DTETalk series, and more!


Social Justice Cafe with BAM Collective

On December 27th 2021, Avery spoke with Abiha from BAM Collective to discuss climate change, youth activism, and dealing with the realities of the climate crisis. Check out our chat here!


DTE Pitch to Gaia Protection

Watch Avery pitch Disturb the Establishment to Gaia Protection, a sustainability non-profit.



Thank you to our contributors for your hard work! These amazing folks make DTE run smoothly.

Taylor Crocker

Blog Contributor

Jenna Bingham

Logo & Video Editor

AJ Mawani

Networking & Outreach