MY STORY...

Toronto-born woman of Afro/Indo Caribbean descent and raised there for most of my childhood, I quickly learned about the importance of community and having a strong village, especially of people who looked like me. Though not all of those years were full of sunshine and lilies, they felt like home. Subsequent years after moving from Toronto to Whitby, on the other hand made me particularly conscious of issues of equity, oppression and marginalization. Besides being one of the only Black girls in my classes coupled with years of anti-Black bullying, streamlining and others forms of anti-Black racism, I quickly became acclimatized to the contending dynamics of power and privilege that shaped the  perspectives of my peers, influenced outcomes of success determined by educators and  ultimately foreshadowed the trajectory of what could have been my academic journey.