York education Professor Carl James to receive Harry Jerome Award

York professor Carl James




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York Faculty of Education Professor Carl James is the recipient of a 2013 Harry Jerome Award.

The Harry Jerome Awards recognize excellence in the African-Canadian community. James will be presented with the Professional Excellence Award on Saturday, April 27 at the 31st Annual Black Business and Professional Association CarlJames-V(BBPA) Harry Jerome Awards Gala.

Carl James

“Dr. Carl E. James is the recipient of the Professional Excellence Award. His contributions to new ideas, processes, practices and insights have had significant impact in his field,” said Lola Coker-Esu, a representative of the Black Business and Professional Association. “Based on his demonstration of community involvement that has enriched the lives of others, and [the] evidence of ongoing leadership, discipline and dedication, he has proven fit to receive this award.”

James is the director of the York Centre for Education & Community (YCEC) in the Faculty of Education where he engages in research and program activities that address education, schooling and community issues. A former youth leader, James is recognized locally, nationally and internationally for his work with marginalized communities and for his research on issues related to equity, educational access and social justice. In his more than 20 years as an educator, scholar, leader and mentor, James has strived to broaden the discussion of social issues, influence policy development, and pave the path of social progress in many societies in Canada and elsewhere.

“The Faculty of Education is proud to have such an accomplished leader as a member of faculty,” said Ron Owston, dean of the Faculty of Education. “Dr. James’ work demonstrates our Faculty’s commitment to working in partnership with the community to address areas of concern to us all and serves as a model which others may wish to emulate.”

Seen as “a coveted symbol of achievement”, the 16 awards that make up the Harry Jerome Awards are handed out each year in the categories of: Academics, Athletics, Arts, Media, Community Service, Health Sciences, Leadership, Lifetime Achievement, Youth Entrepreneurs, Business, Leadership, Professional Excellence, Technology & Innovation, Trailblazer, Diversity and the President’s Award.

Established in the memory of Harry Jerome, an outstanding African Canadian Olympic Athlete, scholar and social advocate, the BBPA Harry Jerome Awards celebrates African-Canadian achievement that pays tribute to outstanding and inspirational African-Canadians who are role models of excellence.

For more information, visit the BBPA website.