Securing Black Futures: Addressing Systemic Barriers and Racial Inequities at Universities

October 22, 2021

2021 Wall Scholar, Dr. Annette Henry is part of a National Partnership to Advance Youth Academic and Career Success, an initiative led by York University’s Dr. Carl James, Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community and Diaspora.

Dr. James has brought together Dr. Henry and 4 other scholars from across Canada (Kevin Hewitt, Physics Professor from Dalhousie University; Juliet Daniel, Associate Dean of Research from McMaster University; Jennifer Adams, Canada Research Chair in Creativity & STEM and Associate Professor from University of Calgary) all of whom share a commitment to addressing the educational issues of Black youth to further the systemic anti-Black racism work of individual institutions, including interventions and research.

The research will build on existing Canadian census data with a longitudinal study of grade 11 and 12 students over a three-year period, informing the development of new community-based and student-support programs, and will for the first time facilitate the sharing of documentation and data across Canadian universities — allowing for geographical and contextual comparisons to be made.

The initiative launch was streamed on YouTube, and you can watch a recording here: