Lilian Obeng (she/her) the am the Racial Equity in Education Project Coordinator. Has an academic background in Political Science, but has been doing explicitly anti-racist work for the last five years. Lilian career began with campus organizing; specifically providing anti-oppressive trainings & challenging racism within the context of the university through formal advocacy. Much of my time at McMaster University was spent collaborating with staff & faculty to coordinate responses to various incidents of violence on campus. More recently, Lilian have entered the non-profit sector supporting the capacity building of youth-led grassroots organizations and doing frontline youth engagement while still maintaining critical, anti-racist & anti-oppressive principles. Lilian is personally driven by the need to challenge power & white supremacist ideals; and the desire to support transformative or restorative justice efforts.
This is certainly a full-circle moment for me; she been able to combine my lived experience (as a Black queer woman & immigrant) with her research interests and past career experience. The goal of this project is to lay the groundwork for systemic policy change to occur with Ontario school boards (Toronto, Peel, York, & Durham). We are currently in the research and recruitment phase of the project wherein we conduct community consultations, a literature review, and an environmental scan - the results of which will inform the specific advocacy work done by youth and parent/guardian volunteers