I am currently doing my doctorate in Sociology with a specialization in Political Economy at Carleton University. My broad research interests are tied to Youth Cultures; Social Citizenship; Neoliberalism/Gentrification; Race and Ethnicity; Anti-Colonialism; and Masculinity.
My dissertation, supervised by Dr. Jacqueline Kennelly, will be focusing on how first and second generation young Canadian African and Caribbean Black (ACB) men experience youth employment training programs in Ontario and Quebec. Theoretically, I will utilize the work of Franz Fanon as a way to encapsulate how Canadian social norms -- emerging from Canada’s existence as a settler-colonial nation-state and its long history of racial discrimination -- continue to affect the social development of young ACB men. I draw on phenomenology to understand the social experiences of ACB male youth and their use of employment training programs, while considering the intersubjective ideologies from other people (youth workers, employers, etc.) and how they impact young Black men. Both theoretical approaches will allow me to develop an understanding of how to better support young ACB men and their socio-economic development while challenging the misconceptions of Black masculinity in Canada.
I have dedicated much of my academic and professional career to helping Black youth overcome social barriers in the likes of schools, and in the Ontario judicial system, which has inspired my work and research. I have strong ties to many Canadian communities, specifically youth-centered organizations, such as Trails Youth Initiatives.
Founded in November 2018, the Afro-Caribbean Mentorship Program (ACMP) is an initiative dedicated to supporting the success of African, Caribbean, Black (ACB) and other racialized Carleton University undergraduate and graduate students on campus while encouraging them to be confident members in our Ottawa community.
Many Black men have a special relationship with their barbers. This unique connection has resulted in a series of events called the Barbershop Talks, where the “neighbourhood barbershop” is used to to create a safe space for Black community members to meet.
In these informal meetings, participants are encouraged to openly discuss Black masculinity and critical issues that affect Black men and boys in Canada. Besides stimulating conversations, the idea is to brainstorm about solutions to some of the significant stresses Black men and boys face.
Carleton University's Department of Sociology and Anthropology, in collaboration with Glebe Collegiate Institute, presents Theatre of the Oppressed: The stereotypical notions of gender, race, and sexuality among young Canadians.
This interactive performance encourages students and community members to think critically about issues of gender, race, social class, age, ability and sexuality in the lives of young Canadians.
This event follows the “Theatre of the Oppressed” model – a dramatic game in which a problem of social inequality, or symptom of oppression, is shown in an unsolved form. The interactive performance allows the audience to get involved to stop the oppression. At certain points, audience members will be invited to replace a character, excluding the oppressed and oppressor characters, to create a learning experience and positive outcome.
Supervisor: Dr. Jacqueline Kennelly
Dissertation title: Mapping the experiences and struggles of un(der)employed African Caribbean Black Canadian male youth
Research areas: Gender studies, Youth-serving organizations with African Caribbean Black (ACB) youth, youth work with marginalized youth, critical youth studies, youth work/social service delivery, youth identity-building and belonging, community/relationship-building, qualitative research, urban youth marginalization and homelessness, racialization and gentrification of urban spaces.
Supervisor: Dr. Satsuki Kawano
Dissertation title: Youth Outreach Work: Using Solidarity to Empower Marginalized Youth