A national project led by Black researchers designed to get more Black youth interested in post-secondary education has joined forces with Dalhousie University to offer three different summer programs.
A Black-led research project meant to get more Black youth interested in post-secondary education has joined forces with Dalhousie University to offer three summer programs for young Black people in grades 7 to 12.
"As a Black student in physics, I was always the only one — isolated," said Kevin Hewitt, a professor in Dalhousie's department of physics and atmospheric science and one of five project leads on the Securing Black Futures project.
Securing Black Futures is a collaboration of Black researchers at five Canadian universities. Over the next three years, each university will launch student support initiatives designed to help Black youth imagine themselves in post-secondary education. The researchers will also collect data about their experiences as secondary and undergraduate students.
Securing Black Futures launched in October of last year under the direction of Carl E. James, the Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community & Diaspora at York University and is funded by a $1.2 million contribution made by RBC Foundation's "Future Launch" project.