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Wesley Crichlow
Wesley Crichlow
Professor/Associate Dean Equity/Chair President's Equity Taskforce - Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, Ontario Tech University

Dr. Wesley Crichlow is the first Associate Dean of Equity, Chair President’s Equity Taskforce and Director for Engagement and Recruitment for Youth in Care. My many years of scholarly and community engagement have engendered trust, credibility, and respect. My teaching, research, public lectures, and workshops have focused on the challenges to implementing policies and practices that strengthen broader notions of equity, diversity, social justice and LGBTQ2S inclusion within educational institutions and organizations across Canada. The following theoretical frameworks guide my work (a) Critical Race Theory (CRT), which reminds us that racism and ABR are permanent; (b) Anti-Black Racism Theory, which engages meaningfully with CRT; and (c) Intersectionality, a tenet of CRT, reminding us that there is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives (Lorde, 1984). As a Black, gay professor with more than 26 years of experience engaging in research, teaching, service and public lectures, I have sought to give back to the community through my commitment to its betterment.

My current research project is to know more about the lived experiences of the Black federal GBTQ prison population and to offer advice on the needs for supports and pathways that will improve outcomes when they leave prison. Courses Taught & Teaching: Critical Race Theory; Special Advance Topics: Race, Crime Masculinities & Prison Subculture; Special Advance Topics: Race, Ethnicity & Crime; Special Advance Topics: #BlackLivesMatter Race & Criminal Injustice; Race and Ethnicity in the Canadian Criminal Justice System; Community Connections and Issues & Diversity In law. I’m dedicated to community-university collaborations, and developing scholarly and pedagogical praxis and teaching as activism.