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Racialized Implications of COVID-19 in Toronto: An East African Perspective

April 7 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Header image from event flyer with a group of Daadab students sitting under a tree outside of Education Centre in Dadaab. Shows title, date and time of the event: 'Racialized Implications of COVID-19 in Toronto: An East African Perspective' with headshots of speakers Kherto Ahmed, Sam Tecle, Ekram Maye and Tesfai Mengesha

The past year has presented unprecedented challenges to students and educators across the world. It has also provided new spaces of opportunity. In this session, we feature a panel of young people who are both activists and educational experts who work with Success Beyond Limits (SBL), which is a collaborative, youth-led, community based movement in Toronto’s Jane-Finch community that provides youth with holistic supports to complete their education and facilitate their trajectories of success. Panelists will discuss their experiences navigating schooling, scholarship, and community work amidst COVID-19, which has disproportionately influenced racialized communities like Jane and Finch where SBL is located. Panelists will also reflect on new possibilities for justice and connection that have emerged in Toronto, among East African diasporic communities and beyond.

Kherto Ahmed (top left) is a fourth-year student at McMaster University studying Life Sciences, and founded McMaster’s first Black Students Association.

Sam Tecle (top right) is Assistant Professor of Community Engaged Learning at New College, University of Toronto. His work focuses on Black and Diaspora Studies, Urban Studies, and Sociology of Education.

Ekram Maye (bottom left) is a 17 year old student that currently attends Westview Centennial Secondary School, where she is currently completing her Grade 12 year. Ekram is a past SBL Mentee, Volunteer and currently is an SBL Mentor.

Tesfai Mengesha (bottom right) is Executive Director, Operations at Success Beyond Limits (SBL) – a non-profit based in the Jane and Finch community of Toronto, that re-imagines education and schools as sites of possibility.

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This is the last talk in the Reciprocal Learning in Times of Crisis monthly virtual colloquium series sponsored by York University’s Borderless Higher Education for Refugees (BHER) Project, Faculty of Education, and Centre for Refugee Studies. The series examined the intersections of refugee education, anti-Black racism, and COVID-19 in Canada and East Africa.