May 3, 2017

Black male mentors inspire Black male students at inaugural We Rise Together leadership conference

​Two hundred and fifty Black male students and allies in grades 7 to 12 will attend the Peel District School Board's inaugural We Rise Together leadership conference on May 5, 2017, at Sheridan College Davis Campus. Community leader Justice Donald McLeod will deliver the keynote address before students participate in workshop sessions and panel discussions led by Black men from various professions.

"This conference will provide our Black male students with an opportunity to connect with and learn from a variety of mentors who truly understand the circumstances they face. Each will offer practical advice through their lived experiences," says Poleen Grewal, superintendent of curriculum and instruction. "Although this is just the start of our work through We Rise Together: The Peel District School Board Action Plan to Support Black Male Students, we are fully committed to doing what needs to be done to ensure our Black students can truly rise."

Participating mentors from the business, science, sports and entertainment fields include:
  • Justice Donald McLeod
  • Orlando Bowen
  • Al St Louis
  • Jonathon Hood
  • Ian A Lake
  • Dwayne Morgan
  • Eddy Robinson
  • Sean Mauricette aka Subliminal
  • Anthony McLean
  • Geoffrey Rutherford
We Rise Together: The Peel District School Board Action Plan to Support Black Male Students was released in October 2016 to identify, understand, minimize and eliminate the marginalization experienced by Black males in Peel board schools. The plan has four focus areas:
  • engage with the community
  • deliver anti-Black racism and bias awareness professional development
  • integrate the experiences of Black Canadians into curriculum
  • inspire Black student leadership and engagement
The board has held two comm​unity forums to gather feedback on its plan and is working on incorporating community input to develop a final plan, which will be shared with students, staff and the community.    

Sheridan College Davis Campus is located 7899 McLaughlin Rd. in Brampton. Opening remarks start at 9 a.m., followed by the keynote. Sessions run from 10:25 to 11:25 a.m. and 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. Panel discussions run from 12:40 to 1:10 p.m.


Media Contact: Poleen Grewal, Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Support Services, 905-890-1010 ext. 2559, [email protected]

Reference: Ryan Reyes, Manager of Community Relations, 905-890-1010 ext. 2652, [email protected]

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