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SSWIR-Club Fifth Annual Forum

2015 Award Recipients

Dr. Tania Das Gupta
Dr. Tania Das Gupta

Dr. Gupta is a Professor in the Department of Equity Studies, York University. Her publications, teaching and research interests are in the areas of: South Asian diaspora, and transnationalism, race and racism in the workplace, anti-racism, immigration and refugee issues, state policies, immigrant families, community activism. She has published widely in these areas, including Real Nurses and Others: Racism in Nursing (2009) and Racism and Paid Work (1995).

She has consulted with human rights lawyers and nurses’ groups on numerous cases of racial harassment in hospitals. Her academic work builds on her activism both on and off campus. In the 1980s she was a community activist and was a founding member of such organizations as the South Asian Women's Group (now the South Asian Women's Centre) and Coalition of Visible Minority Women. Her community work with immigrant women at the Cross Cultural Communication Centre with such groups as Women Working with Immigrant Women resulted in the publication of Learning From Our History: Community Development by Immigrant Women in Ontario, 1958-86 (1986).

She is a founding chair of Department of Equity Studies (DES) at York University and is currently the Undergraduate Program Director. She also co-ordinates the Multicultural & Indigenous Studies and Human Rights and Equity Studies Programs within DES.

Grace-Edward Galabuzi
Grace-Edward Galabuzi

Grace-Edward Galabuzi is an Associate Professor in the Politics and Public Administration Department at Ryerson University and a Research Associate at the Centre for Social Justice in Toronto.

He is the author of Canada's Economic Apartheid: The Social Exclusion of Racialized Groups in the New Century (CSPI, 2006), co-editor of Race and Racialization: Essential Readings (CSPI, 2007) and Colonialism and Racism in Canada (Nelson/Thomson, 2009). His research interests include the experiences of recent immigrants and racialized groups in the Canadian labour market; the racialization of poverty; race, racialization and social exclusion/inclusion and the impact of global economic restructuring on local communities.

He is an active member of the social justice community in Toronto and has been involved in a variety of social justice campaigns. He is a member of the steering committee of the Colour of Poverty Campaign. He is a member of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, a board member of the Atkinson Charitable Foundation. He is a founder member of the African Music Festival in Toronto. He holds a PhD in Political Science from York University.

Harvey Starkman
Harvey Starkman

Harvey began a second teaching career at Seneca College in 2003, after retiring from the York Region District School Board as a Vice-Principal. Before his role in administration, Harvey was the Head of English at Thornhill Secondary School. He served as President of Toronto Residents in Partnership (TRIP), a community-based organization dedicated to anti-racism and equity. In co-operation with the Toronto District School Board, TRIP sponsored an annual competition for high school and middle school students to create illustrated books promoting themes of equity, anti-racism and respect for students in elementary school classrooms.

Since 2008, Starkman has divided his time between the English classroom at Seneca@York and Seneca’s Learning Centres where he specializes in supporting students who have had repeated difficulties in meeting the learning outcomes of their required English courses. Harvey derives great pleasure from working with Seneca students and sees both teaching and learning as critical tools for empowerment, success, and transformative change.

Clara Ho
Clara Ho (posthumously awarded)

Clara was born in Calgary but spent her early years in Hong Kong. She completed her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Calgary and Law Degree at Queen's University. She went on to article in Geneva at the UN and a law firm in Toronto. Ho began her career as a lawyer in 2002 at the Metro Toronto Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic.

She was known for her commitment to equity, justice and equality throughout her career, including positions she held at the Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence against Women and Children, the College of Nurses of Ontario, the Human Rights Legal Support Centre, the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly and the Clinic Resource Office.

She was a staunch advocate and her work has touched countless people, including those most vulnerable in our society, including immigrant and refugee women, non-status women, sexual assault survivors, vulnerable older adults and young people.

Clara was also a prolific poet, writer and published author. Her writing was filled with wisdom, deep insight and humour. She also wrote about her struggle with cancer and shared a blog with family and friends.