Anti-Oppressive Practice in Action

In this webinar, we are joined by Dr. Carol Wade from York University and the University of Windsor and Dr. Ingrid Waldron from McMaster University, to talk about their work on Black youth wellbeing and the ways we can put anti-oppressive practice into action. This session will cover:

  • Using a trauma-informed lens
  • Engaging in critical self-reflection
  • Understanding pathways for Black youth into care

Unfortunately this webinar was not recorded. We apologize for the inconvenience. Both presenter’s slides are available in the callout box to the right.

Presenter Bios

Dr. Carol Wade

Carol Wade has over 20 years of experience in the child welfare sector and social work education. She currently works in the child welfare sector, and she is also a sessional instructor at the Schools of Social Work at the University of Windsor and York University. Her educational background includes a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto and a Master’s of Social Work (MSW) from York University. Her Ph.D. dissertation focused on understanding the impact of historical trauma on current-day parenting. She draws on this work using critical theories and pedagogies to deconstruct and challenge oppressive practices to families and young people. Carol has developed and facilitated workshops and other training opportunities for youth workers across Ontario as part of the Academic Network of the Youth Research and Evaluation Exchange at York University

Dr. Ingrid Waldron

Dr. Ingrid Waldron was born in Montreal, Quebec to Trinidadian parents. She is Professor and HOPE Chair in Peace and Health in the Global Peace and Social Justice Program in the Department of History, Faculty of Humanities at McMaster University. From 2008 to 2021, she was a Professor in the Faculty of Health at Dalhousie University.

Dr. Waldron’s research, teaching and community advocacy work focus on the structural and environmental determinants of health and mental health disparities in Black, Indigenous, immigrant and refugee communities in Canada, including environmental racism, climate inequities, mental illness, and COVID-19.

She is the author of There’s Something in the Water: Environmental Racism in Indigenous and Black Communities (Fernwood Publishing), which was turned into a 2020 Netflix documentary of the same name and was co-produced by Waldron, actor Elliot Page, Ian Daniel, and Julia Sanderson and directed by Page and Daniel. Her book received the 2020 Society for Socialist Studies Errol Sharpe Book Prize and the 2019 Atlantic Book Award for Scholarly Writing. She is the recipient of several other awards, including Research Canada’s Leadership in Advocacy Award (Individual Category), Dalhousie University’s President’s Research Excellence Award – Research Impact, the Dalhousie Faculty of Health Early Career Research Excellence Award, and Springtide Collective’s Advocate of the Year Award.

Dr. Waldron is the founder and Director of the Environmental Noxiousness, Racial Inequities and Community Health Project (The ENRICH Project), the co-founder and Co-Director of the Canadian Coalition for Environmental and Climate Justice (CCECJ), and the co-founder and past Vice-President of Rural Water Watch, which conducts water testing projects in marginalized rural Nova Scotian communities. Her research and community advocacy work inspired the federal private members bill a National Strategy Respecting Environmental Racism and Environmental Justice (Bill C-230).

She is currently writing her next book titled From the Enlightenment to Black Lives Matter: The Impact of Racial Trauma on Mental Health in Black Communities, which will trace experiences of racial trauma in Black communities in North America and the UK from the colonial era to the present day.

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