Black Youth Wellbeing
A Certificate on Combatting Anti-Black Racism
THIS ONLINE CERTIFICATE provides the Ontario youth sector with the foundational knowledge to cultivate practices, policies and alliances that challenge, disrupt and combat systematic anti-Black racism.
THE VISION is that this certificate will support a structural transformation in Ontario’s youth sector that centers the wellbeing of Black young people and their families in our individual practices and organizational policies.
This certificate will run from March 1 to March 31, 2021.
Sign up today and get access
to the learning platform on March 1st, 2021.
Friday, February 26 @ 5pm
“NOW is the time, well beyond this moment of extreme social unrest, to better educate ourselves about the pervasive anti-Black racism that interlocks with other structures of oppression that Black youth and their families in Ontario experience – and for action towards social transformation and accountability”.
Will This Be The ONE? Reflection, Engagement & Action Against Anti-Black Racism in Ontario
by Uzo Anucha and the YouthREX Team, June 08, 2020.
The certificate includes 17 lectures and 2 artistic performances organized around four modules. The lectures will provide you with the knowledge and tools to:
Understand the historical roots and context of present-day manifestations of anti-Black racism
Engage with research on the impact of anti-Black racism on Black youth and their families
Learn critical practices for centering the wellbeing of Black youth and communities
Commit to ongoing personal, professional and organizational accountability
CURRICULUM AT A GLANCE
The Context of Anti-Black Racism
The lectures in Module One locate anti-Black racism within a historical, socioeconomic and political context by connecting hundreds of years of history to the pervasive modern-day racism that show up in our institutions.
1.1 An Introduction to Anti-Black Racism
1.2 The Historical Roots of Anti-Black Racism in Canada
1.3 The Weaponization of Whiteness
1.4 Anti-Black Racism and a Discourse of Denial in Canadian Society
1.5 Brown Complicity in Anti-Black Racism
I Shouldn’t Have to Say This (Pt 1) by Asante Haughton
Engaging with Research About Black Youth
The lectures in Module Two engage with research about the consequences of the inequities that Black youth and their families experience including disparities within various systems, and the impact on their wellbeing and mental health.
2.1 Lessons from Research and Consultations about Black Youth in Ontario
2.2 Challenging Constructions of Black Youth Masculinities
2.3 The Impact of Anti-Black Racism on the Mental Health of Black Youth
2.4 Pathways to Mental Health Care for Black Youth
I Shouldn’t Have to Say This (Pt 2) by Asante Haughton
Critical Practice for Centering Black Youth Wellbeing
The lectures in Module Three explore models and practices to support Black youth within the context of their multilayered identities, including practice strategies for supporting Black youth who might be experiencing mental health challenges.
3.1 Actively Allying with Black Youth Against Anti-Black Racism
3.2 Ten Good Practices for Supporting Black Youth Mental Health
3.3 Strengthening Engagement with Families of Black Youth
3.4 Intersectional and Advocacy Strategies for Supporting Black Youth Wellbeing
I Shouldn’t Have to Say This (Pt 3) by Asante Haughton
Ongoing Accountability for Transformative Change
The lectures in Module Four provides learners with the knowledge and tools required to commit to the ongoing work of cultivating practices, policies and alliances that challenge, disrupt and combat systematic anti-Black racism beyond this certificate.
4.1 Critical Practice Reflexivity
4.2 Organizational Accountability
4.3 Show Us the Data: Leveraging Race-Based Data for Accountability and Change
4.4 Collective Actions Towards Equity for Black Youth in Ontario: An Invitation
How to Be an Ally by Dwayne Morgan
MEET YOUR TEACHING TEAM
Dr. Uzo Anucha
Academic Director, YouthREX
York Research Chair in Youth and Contexts of Inequity
Associate Prof, School of Social Work
Dr. Oyedeji Ayonrinde
Psychiatry and Psychology
Faculty of Health Sciences
Dr. Jude Mary Cénat
Director of the Vulnerability, Trauma, Resilience & Culture Laboratory
University of Ottawa
Dr. Andrea A. Davis
Department of Humanities
Special Advisor on Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies' Anti-Black Racism Strategies
Dr. Leo Edwards
Therapist & Healing Educator
Spoken Word Artist
Dr. Fatimah Jackson-Best
Black Health Alliance
Dr. Michele Johnson
Department of History
Associate Dean for Students, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
Nene Kwasi Kafele
Founder, Tabono Institute
Community Scholar in Residence, YouthREX
Taibu Community Health Centre
Spoken Word Artist
University of Toronto
Research Assistant, YouthREX
Dr. Vidya Shah
Faculty of Education
Rahma Siad Togane
School of Social Work
Dr. Carol Wade
Child Protection Supervisor
Catholic Children’s Aid Society
Sessional Instructor – York University and University of Windsor