This project is powered by a diverse and dynamic team of Black researchers, academics, service providers, community members, and parents.
Dr. Alana Butler
Dr. Alana Butler is currently an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at Queen’s University. Her research focuses on low-income, underserved children and youth, low-income parents of school-aged children, and diversity and equity in schooling. Dr. Butler is a member of the Social Program Evaluation Group (SPEG) at Queen’s University.
Dr. Butler earned a Ph.D. in Education from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York in 2015. Funded by a 2011 Doctoral Fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada, her dissertation focused on low-income Black student experiences in post-secondary education. A certified secondary school teacher, Dr. Butler has over 15 years of teaching experience. She has taught in a range of settings that include preschool, ESL, adult literacy, and university undergraduate.
Tyler Boyce is Somali-Kenyan Canadian committed to bridging the worlds of research, policy, social justice, and advocacy. As a policy analyst, he strives to equip Black communities with tools for self-advocacy and ensure that they are centered and included at each stage of problem identification and response development models. He actively works to confront and dismantle anti-Black racism, colonialism, and white supremacy in pursuit of social and economic conditions in which all can prosper.
His motto is “if they aren’t doing it for you, do it for yourself” and it is in this spirit that he has founded numerous initiatives, published consulting reports, and engaged top level national and international decision-makers around equity and addressing anti-Black racism. Most recently Tyler was invited by the Permanent Canadian Mission to the United Nations to present his work on the margins of the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Tyler holds a bachelor’s degree in Conflict Studies and Human Rights from the University of Ottawa and is currently pursuing his Masters of Public Policy and Administration from Carleton University’s School of Public Policy and Administration.
Maame Debrah is a Social Worker who recently graduated from Lakehead University. Maame also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree in Gender Studies from Queen’s University and has experience working in the Peel and Toronto Regions in community development and child welfare respectively.
She has worked in the not-for-profit sector and has worked with various organizations like the United Way of Peel Region, Environics Institute, and the Toronto Children’s Aid Society. In all of these roles, she provided leadership in child welfare research as well as advocacy and evaluation.
Maame's work is guided by a strong interest in engaging communities and where appropriate, educating people about anti-oppression and equity.
The Research Advisory Group
This important work is supported by committed members of the Research Advisory Committee, comprised of a diverse group of academics, service providers, mental health professionals, and parents.
Ed Gough, Jr.
Dr. Delores V. Mullings
Members of the consulting team are pictured with the Research Advisory Committee.