The Change-Makers Foundation for Diversity, Equity, Excellence, and Inclusion is dedicated to a diverse range of research interests that align with our mission of fostering inclusivity, connectivity, and informed collaboration within the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). Our primary focus revolves around understanding the unique challenges faced by Black, Indigenous, and Racialized communities in the GTHA and creating evidence-based solutions to address these challenges. This research encompasses areas such as access to education, workforce integration, health disparities, and social justice issues that affect these communities. We are committed to conducting research that not only identifies these disparities but also provides actionable recommendations and policies to rectify them.
Furthermore, our research initiatives extend to the study of successful community-building and networking strategies that promote unity and social cohesion. We explore the impact of mentorship programs, educational support, and career development opportunities on individuals' and communities' well-being. By shedding light on the transformative power of these initiatives, we aim to share best practices and inspire others to engage in similar endeavors. Our research interests are deeply rooted in the belief that by leveraging data-driven insights and engaging in informed collaboration, we can work towards a more equitable and inclusive future for the GTHA's Black, Indigenous, and Racialized communities.
EmpowerART: Amplifying Black Creek Youth Needs and Voices
The EmpowerART research project is designed to empower Black youth in the Black Creek community. The project utilizes participatory action research and art-based expression to engage the community and achieve several key objectives. These objectives include allowing Black youth to voice their aspirations, fostering a sense of ownership within the community, and creating an art installation or photovoice project that reflects the desires of the community. The project involves collaborative workshops, artistic training, and photovoice documentation, ultimately culminating in community-wide art exhibitions. This initiative is in line with our broader commitment to empowering marginalized communities, promoting representation, and addressing systemic inequalities. It is aimed at contributing to positive change, resilience, and cultural understanding within the Black Creek community.
InclusiVerse- Embracing Autism's Many Colours
InclusiVerse is a groundbreaking initiative committed to deepening our understanding of Autism, promoting acceptance, and delivering crucial support and services to Autistic individuals and their families. Our comprehensive project is dedicated to fostering diversity, equity, inclusion, and access, taking a truly intersectional approach to tackle the distinctive challenges experienced by folks with autism across diverse backgrounds.
This project goes beyond traditional perspectives, recognizing the complex interplay of Autism with other aspects of identity, such as race, gender, and socioeconomic status. Our ongoing research delves into the intricate intersections of these identities to unearth insights that contribute to a more nuanced understanding of Autism spectrum experiences.
Join us in our journey to create a more inclusive world. Explore our research findings, access resources for support, and be a part of the movement that is reshaping the landscape of Autism awareness and advocacy. InclusiVerse is not just a project; it's a community dedicated to embracing diversity and championing inclusivity for every person on the Autism spectrum.