Canada

Charlotte Akuoko-Barfi
Anamika Bajinath
Advisory Member

Current Affiliation:
Independent Supportive Member

Academic Credentials:
MSW

Kadeem Brown
Research Assistant

Current Position:
Child and Youth Worker

Academic Credentials:

Child and Youth Care (BA, Ryerson University) 

MSW Student in the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work (University of Toronto)

 

Dr. Mirna Carranza
Team Lead

Current Positions:
Immigration Team Lead

Associate Professor at the McMaster School of Social Work

 
Dr. Jennifer Clarke
Team Member, Policies and Social Safety

Current Position:
Director and Associate Professor, School of Disability Studies, Ryerson University

Academic Credentials:
BA, MA, PhD

Dr. Wesley Crichlow
Team Lead, Institutional Practices and Judicial System

Current Position:
Associate Professor, University of Ontario Institute and Technology, Faculty of Social Science & Humanities

 

Travonne Edwards
Research Assistant

Current Affiliation:
Part-time instructor at Sheridan College,  RBC Doctoral Fellow and PhD Student at Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto.

Previous Positions:
Youth Program Design and Development Associate at YouthRex

Academic Credentials:
Child and Youth Care (MA, Ryerson University), PhD Student in the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work (University of Toronto)

Irwin Elman
Advisory to the Youth Advisory Committee Member

Previous Position:
Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth of Ontario

Academic Credentials:
University of Toronto, OISE  (BEd, MEd); Carleton University (BA, hons.)

Veronica Escobar Olivo
Project Coordinator

Current Position:
Research Assistant (RCYP, Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement)

Academic Credentials:
Sociology (BA, Ryerson University), Immigration and Settlement Studies (MA, Ryerson University)

 

Dr. Barbara Fallon
Team Lead, Violence Against Children and Youth

Current Position:
Associate Professor & Associate Dean of Research, Factor-Inwentash Chair in Child Welfare; Director, Fraser Mustard Institute of Human Development, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto

Academic Credentials: 
BA, MSW, PhD

Dr. Usha George
Collaborator

Dr. Usha George is a Professor in the School of Social Work at Ryerson University and Director of the Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement (RCIS). She is the former Interim Vice President of Research and Innovation and the Dean of the Faculty of Community Services. Dr. George came to Ryerson in 2006 from the Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto, where she had been the Associate Dean since 1999. Her main areas of teaching, research, and professional activity are social work with diverse communities, and newcomer settlement and integration, with an emphasis on examining policies and programs to ensure newcomers have the supports they need to settle in Canadian society. Dr. Usha George’s research impacts policy and programming at the federal and provincial levels in Canada and her work has attracted over $14 million CAD in research grants and contracts. Usha George immigrated to Canada in 1991 and worked as the Executive Director of the then-South Asian Family Support Services in Scarborough and the Senior Program Director of Social Planning Council, Toronto.

Academic Credentials

PhD in Sociology from Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeri

MA in Sociology from Loyola University of Chicago

MA in Sociology and Social Welfare from the University of Kerala in India.

Laura Perez Gonzalez
Research Assistant
Elizabeth Grigg
Research Assistant
Dr. Carl James
Co-Team Lead, Institutional Practices and Education System

Current Position:
Director for York Centre of Education and Community, Professor at York University

Academic Credentials: 
PhD

Sarah Jodha
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Academic Credentials:

BSW (In Progress, Ryerson University) 

Fabiola Limón Bravo

Previous Positions:
Financial Coordinator and Research Assistant, Ryerson University

Academic Credentials:
BA (Honours), MA

Deborah MacDonald
Research Assistant
Tearney McDermott
Research Assistant

Current Position:
Coordinator, Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement (RCIS)

Academic Credentials:
BA (Honours), MA 

Daniel Sanchez Morales
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Previous Positions:

Indigenous Circle Program Coordinator, Faculty of Health (York University) 

AMAUTAS de las Americas, Camp Coordinator (Teach2Learn)

Academic Credentials: 

BSc. Honours in Psychology (In Progress, York University) 

Liberal Arts University Transfer, Diploma (Seneca College) 

Delon Omrow
Research Assistant
Dr. Dawn Onishenko
Team Lead, Policies and Social Safety

Current Position:
Associate Director, School of Social Work; Associate Professor

Academic Credentials:
MSW, PhD

Dr. Henry Parada
Project Director

Current Position:
Professor, School of Social Work, Ryerson University

Academic Credentials:
MSW, PhD

Tka Pinnock
Research Assistant

Current Position:

Coordinator, Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community & Diaspora, Faculty of Education,
York University
 

Academic Credentials:

PhD student at Department of Politics, York University

MSc, Global Politics, London School of Economics

Vineeth Sekharan
Transcriber
Dr. Kate Tilleczek
Advisory Committee; Co-Team Lead, Institutional Practices, Educational System

Current Position:
Professor and Canada Research Chair, Youth, Education and Global Good
Director, Young Lives Research Lab -  Faculty of Education, York University

Academic Credentials:
PhD (Sociology of Youth, Childhood Qualitative Methods, Humanities-Infused Methods)

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