Recent reports of the schooling experiences of Black students in elementary, middle, and high school in Toronto tell a story of negligence and disregard. This disregard includes a lack of access to appropriate reading materials and supportive relationships with teachers and administrators.
Imagine getting into Harvard University and then finding out you've got just three months to come up with tens of thousands of dollars to prove you'll be able to afford the tuition.
When Michelle de Lyon saw a poster for Black Pysicians of Tomorrow in the hallway at Durham College, she knew she had to join. That was in 2015 when she was pursuing fitness & health promotion studies. Not only did she get involved, she put her past grant writing skills to use and helped the organization achieve its goal to aquire funding to broaden its scope beyond post-secondary institutions.
It was a moment of disbelief. Celia Meikle, a chartered accountant, read an article in the Globe & Mail entitled “The Myth of the Brainy Immigrant” which reported that only 23 per cent of children of Latin American and Caribbean descent in Canada advance to a higher education level.