The 2022 federal budget contributes to York’s Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community and Diaspora
In April 2022, the federal budget allocated a transformative provision of $1.5 million for the Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community, and Diaspora at the Faculty of Education. This funding ensures long-term support for research that creates pathways to quality education for Black youth.
As Canada’s first endowed chair dedicated to research projects, knowledge mobilization initiatives, and community partnerships, the Jean Augustine Chair has been addressing systemic barriers and racial inequalities within the Canadian education system since its establishment in 2008.
This new funding will amplify its efforts to drive positive change for Black youth in Canada; expand access, equity, and inclusivity in education; and produce research that informs public policymaking.
Professor Carl E. James, the current Chairholder, is leading the efforts to enhance educational and social outcomes for the Black community. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a highly influential researcher who has received numerous awards for his work and leadership in equity and social justice.