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Supporting Children and Families: Agency Responses to the Dual Pandemics of Anti-Black Racism and COVID-19

Children and Their Families Learning Café
Tuesday, February 9, 2021
12:15-1:30 pm EST

Join Zoom Meeting (5-10 minutes early if possible)


Please join us in hearing a panel of distinguished speakers from school based social work
and our national help line for children and youth on how they have responded to the crisis
of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic and anti-Black racism. With schools and peer
relationships disrupted for kids, previously unimaginable demands on parenting, and
families and communities suffering, child and family services have had to respond with
innovations designed to deal with these current extraordinary conditions.


Professor Bryn King, PhD, MSW
Krysta Cooke, MSW Student


Andréanne Deschamps, MA., Associate Vice President, Service Programs, Kids Help Phone
Tracey Grose, MSW, RSW, School Social Worker, Durham District Board of Education (DDSB)


Andréanne is responsible for service programs quality and delivery at Kids Help Phone. Holding a Master’s degree in sexology, she leveraged her passion for mental health support and system’s thinking to advance young people’s right to autonomy and self-determination in seeking and receiving support through their wellbeing journey.

Tracey has taken on many initiatives while working with the DDSB, such as coordinator of the Return
Ticket program, Executive on Durham Black Educators Network (DBEN), Secretary to the OASW school
social worker provincial committee, Community connection for the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid
Societies (OACAS) committee “One Vision, One Voice” study and community representative on the
African Canadian adaptation of Stop Now and Plan (SNAP). She is currently on secondment to School
Mental Health Ontario as the Culturally Responsive Practices Lead.

Blackness by Gaslight: Empire and Diasporic Memory in the Aftermath of Slavery, with Melanie J. Newton

Lunch and Learn: Black History Month

Location: Room 320

Melanie J. Newton is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Toronto. She is the author of The Children of Africa in the Colonies: Free People of Color in Barbados in the Age of Emancipation (Baton Louisiana State University Press, 2008) and other scholarly articles and book chapters on gender, slavery and slave emancipation. Recent and forthcoming publications include Melanie J. Newton, “Returns to a Native Land? Indigeneity and Decolonization in the Anglophone Caribbean” (Small Axe vol. 41, July 2013, pp. 108-122) and Stefanie Kennedy and Melanie J. Newton, “The Hauntings of Slavery: Colonialism and the Disabled Body in the Caribbean,” in Shaun Grech and Karen Soldatic eds., Disability in the Global South (Springer, 2017). She is also the co-editor, with Matthew Smith, of two Small Axe special issues on “Caribbean Historiography” (43 and 44, March and July 2014). She has served on the editorial boards of the journals Small Axe and British Studies. Her current research project is entitled This Island’s Mine: Indigeneity in the Caribbean Atlantic World.

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