Directions, the Canadian Race Relation’s journal, provides community-based, action-oriented research, commentary, and perspectives on eliminating racism and discrimination.
We are pleased to announce that the October submission in the new Directions format comes from esteemed professor Dr. Carl E. James. “Schooling and University Outcomes of Immigrant Black Students from an Urban Neighborhood” was first published in Culture, Curriculum, and Identity in Education. This article focuses on the experience of immigrant students and how their experiences with social class combines with race, immigrant reference, generational status and other factors to affect their educational and career trajectory. These experiences are analyzed through the lens of two African Canadian university students who lived in a working class, “troubled” neighborhood in Toronto, Ontario.
Dr. Carl E. James holds the Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community & Diaspora at York University, Toronto, where he is also the Affirmative Action, Equity & Inclusivity Officer. He teaches in the Faculty of Education and in the Graduate Programs in Sociology and Social and Political Thought. James’ research includes: examination of how race, ethnicity, gender, class and citizenship/immigrant status intersect and affect accessible and equitable opportunities and outcomes in education, employment and well-being for marginalized/racialized people, and Black youth in particular.
The Directions journal serves as an important piece of the CRRF’s mission to strengthen Canadian values and build a united Canadian community. In the past, Directions was produced in a traditional journal format; previously unpublished articles, selected based on a central theme, were passed through an editorial board, peer review, and translation. The final product was a printed journal that could be either purchased or freely accessed in PDF format online. In recent months, we changed our parameters to the following:
The theme for the 2018 issue is Race Relations in the 21st Century: Challenges and Solutions. We welcome submissions that focus on the ways in which communities relate, combine, ally or find themselves in opposition. What are the most effective ways in which we can work together? What are the impediments to respectful and productive relationships? While there is much focus on the value of apology and reconciliation, is there an argument be made (to use the title of David Rieff’s book) in praise of forgetting? Are we, as Canadians, too polite to engage in the hard conversations necessary to take us past interfaith and intercommunal sharing of diet, dress and dance?
We look forward to receiving your experiences, best practices and even glorious failures. We hope you will share what you have learned.