Black Futures

Black Futures stands as an innovative frontline force for George Brown College's Black community. Our work is aimed at eradicating anti-Black racism, championing transformation, and fostering an inclusive environment for Black students, staff, faculty and allies within GBC.

Our mission is to nurture and empower the Black community at GBC with intentional connections, relationships and support systems. We seek to eradicate the systemic barriers that have long harmed Black individuals in higher education settings. We do this by establishing and sustaining Black-centric programs, community spaces, initiatives and tools while always drawing upon the diverse intersectional richness within our community and embracing the expansive identity of Blackness. Black Futures directly supports and contributes to GBC's Strategy 2026, Anti-Racism Action Plan, and the Scarborough Charter

Black Futures will implement our activities through a phased approach, operating across two key focus areas. The first is dedicated to academic research and programming, while the second centres on empowering the community through initiatives specifically designed to promote Black flourishing. 

Black Futures Month 2024

Jennifer Grant, Dr. Mary Anne Chambers, Mary Ola, and Dr. Morris Anthony Beckford

Throughout 2024 Black Futures Month, we will highlight the importance of Black history, specifically Canadian Black history.  

"Join us in commemorating Black Futures Month as we honour and celebrate the tireless efforts and dedication of Black scholars, activists, and individuals who paved the way for Black liberation," said Mary Ola, Senior Manager, Black Futures. "Acknowledging the significance of Canadian Black history is pivotal for situating ourselves in the ongoing struggle for freedom." 

This year, we are proud to host renowned Canadian artist, activist, and academic d'bi young anitafrika, University of Guelph Chancellor and former Ontario cabinet minister and MPP Dr. Mary Anne Chambers, and Canadian business leader, philanthropist and Dragon's Den investor Wes Hall for events. 

Black Futures Month Events

BLack Disability Freedom Space

We are Black and Disabled and We Belong
Tuesday, February 27
1 - 3 p.m.
200 King St. E., room 286D, St. James Campus

Register now

 

Virtual Screenings

BLK: An Origin Story
A four-part doc series

Every Friday in February (2, 9, 16 and 23) at noon 

 

 

Black Disability Freedom Space

We are Black and Disabled and We Belong
Tuesday, February 27
1 - 3 p.m.
200 King St. E., room 286D, St. James Campus

Land Acknowledgments from the Black Perspective

with d'bi young anitafrika
Monday, February 5, noon - 2 p.m.
Daphne Cockwell Centre for Health Sciences
51 Dockside Dr.

Thanks to all who joined us for this event!

 

Fireside Chat with Wes Hall

Wes Hall Q&A & book launch 
Thursday, February 8, 2024
3:30 - 5 p.m.
Daphne Cockwell Centre for Health Sciences
51 Dockside Dr., 2nd-floor auditorium

Thank you to everyone who attended this event! Get the highlights of Hall's talk.

 

Workshop for the Black 2SLGTBQIA+ community

Navigating Harmful Spaces (Staff & Faculty) 
Tuesday, February 13 
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

Thank you to everyone who attended this event.

 

Workshop for the Black 2SLGTBQIA+ community

Navigating Harmful Spaces (Students) 
Thursday, February 15 
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

Thank you to everyone who attended this event.

 

Huskies Varsity Perspective Panel

Huskies Varsity Perspective Panel
Date: Tuesday, February 20
Time: 5pm
Location: Casa Loma, Basement C Building

Thank you to everyone who attended this event. Check out highlights on Instagram @GBCHuskies.

Keynote Event

Brighter Futures, featuring Dr. Mary Anne Chambers
Wednesday, February 21
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
Daphne Cockwell Centre for Health Sciences,
Waterfront Campus, 51 Dockside Dr., 2nd-floor auditorium

Thank you to everyone who attended this event.

Cultural Food Exhibit

Roots & Recipes
Thursday, February 22
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Centre for Hospitality & Culinary Arts
300 Adelaide St. E., atrium

Thank you to everyone who attended this event. Check out the highlights on Instagram @GBCollege.

Student, employee and alumni profiles

Assistant Coach Marlon Greene (centre) with men's basketball team coaching staff

Marlon Greene is an assistant coach for George Brown's men's basketball team. "What we're doing right now is historic," he says. The team is headed to the OCAA championships on March 2-4, 2023.

Graphic design graduate Dymika Harte

The 2018 Graphic Design program grad is the founder and creative director of UNSGND, a female-powered creative agency with an expanding client base. She created a female-centred business after noticing male-dominated board rooms during her college work placements.  

Mary Ola is the Senior Manager of Black Futures Initiatives. She's building out the bigger vision of creating safe spaces for Black students, employees and faculty that promote growth and Black flourishing. 

Child and Youth Care alumna Vivene Roberts

Vivene Roberts never stops moving to ensure the needs of marginalized children and youth in foster care are being met. The 1993 Child and Youth Care grad runs a foster care agency, recently opened a foster care group home, and continually creates innovative new programming and services.

Brianna Samuels McLaughlin on the soccer pitch with opposing player

The 2022-23 captain of the varsity women's soccer team has impressive stats (OCAA All-Star x2), but it's her fellow players' success and their positive team dynamic she wants to celebrate.

Financial services executive, chef and accessible education advocate Ray Williams is passionate about creating opportunities for others.