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Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community and Diaspora

The Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community & Diaspora is a university chair in the Faculty of Education which aims to advance access, equity and inclusivity to education through community engagement and collaborative action. 

First launched in 2008, the chair holder initiates, facilitates, directs and engages in research, educational programs, and community partnerships which are culturally responsive and relevant to the educational and social needs, interests and aspirations of Black and other racialized community members – both those inside and outside of the university for whom marginalization and racialization act as barriers to the achievement of their educational and career ambitions. 

One of only two endowed university chairs in Canada dedicated to research and knowledge mobilization endeavours on Black and African-descended communities, the chair seeks to: 

  • Foster an understanding of the diverse cultural and educational needs of students; 
  • Facilitate leadership on matters of access, equity, inclusivity and social justice; 
  • Strengthen university-community partnerships and engagement; and, 
  • Build educational and social capacity among students, junior scholars and community members. 

Fundraising for the Jean Augustine Chair in Education continues, with $1.2 million remaining to raise, and we welcome your support. If you would like to make a contribution, please donate here. Thank you for your consideration. 


February 2023
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