Black Futures


At George Brown College, we want to acknowledge the history of the Black community while celebrating the resilience and excellence that the community has shown over time. This February marks a continuing conversation on how we foster and promote Black futures while creating community for all. 

Through our continuing anti-racism efforts (including our signing of the Scarborough Charter, release of our Anti-Racism Action Plan, and creation of our Anti-Racism E-Course) we are cultivating a foundation of equity, reconciliation and belonging at GBC.

We're midway through Black Futures month and hope you have enjoyed our programming. So far we’ve held a Black Health Matters panel discussion, TLC X BSSN instagram live, BSSN X Huskies pop-ups, a panel with Centre for Arts, Design & IT alumni, and a 'Fostering Black Excellence Every Day' in-person event with Olympian Brendon Rodney, GBC and industry leaders.


A recording of our 'Black Health Matters' discussion on February 9. 


What is BSSN?

The Black Student Success Network (BSSN) is a George Brown College driven initiative that seeks to increase retention rates among Black students through the provision of the BSSN 4 Pillars - Academic Support, Information & Referrals, Mentorship & Social Engagement. The Black Student Success Network (BSSN) has a designated Black English Tutor, Loice, and Career and Academic advisor, Deliah Jackson, specifically for Black students, to give students additional academic support whenever needed. For both Loice and Deliah’s booking links please visit the BSSN Instagram page at bssn_gbc!

Student, employee and alumni profiles

Abisola Asha, BSSN

Abisola Asha (employee)

Asha leads the Black Student Success Network (BSSN), which strives to build community for Black students at George Brown College.

Alumna Esther Baruti (thumbnail image)

Esther Baruti (alumna)

The Computer Programming and Analysis grad has risen through the ranks at Loblaw Digital and, in 2019 was named one of Canada's top young developers. She's using her success to help others.

Practical Nursing graduate Barley Chironda

Barley Chironda (alumnus)

Chironda is a Practical Nursing graduate and a leader in the field of infection prevention and control.

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

Marlon Greene (men's basketball assistant coach)

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.

Brianna Samuels McLaughlin on the soccer pitch with opposing player

Brianna Samuels-McLaughlin (student)

The 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.

Ray Williams (alumnus)

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