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University education and Black youth

By Carl James      

Despite the growing racial diversity of today’s student population and universities’ claims of being inclusive, the whiteness and the colonial structure of the system remains.

Numerous studies have shown that during high school, Black students are discouraged by teachers and guidance counsellors from enrolling in academic programs that would prepare them for university, writes York University's Carl James. Photograph courtesy of Unsplash

In Statistics Canada’s recent report, Changes in the socioeconomic situation of Canada’s Black population, 2001 to 2016, René Houle writes that “one of the main challenges” faced by members of Canadian Black communities is that Black youth—especially young men—“are less likely to have attended a higher educational institution and to have earned a post-secondary diploma.”

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