The Black Experience Project was conducted by the Environics Institute for Survey research, in partnership with four leading organizations: Ryerson’s Diversity Institute, the United Way of Toronto and York Region, the YMCA of Greater Toronto, and the Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community and Diaspora at York University.
Environics Institute For Survey Research is a Toronto- based non- profit organization founded by Micheal Adams in 2006 to promote relevant and original public opinion and social research on important issues of public policy and social change. The focus of the Institute’s mandate is to survey individuals and groups not usually heard from, asking questions nor normally asked. (www.environicsinstitute.org).
Ryerson University’s Diversity Institute undertakes research on diversity in the workplace to improve practices in organizations. We work with organizations to develop customized strategies, programming, and resources to promote new, interdisciplinary knowledge and practice about diversity with respect to gender, race/ethnicity, Aboriginal peoples abilities and sexual orientation. Using an ecological model of change, our action-oriented, evidence-based approach is driving social innovation across sectors and producing concrete results (www.ryerson.ca/diversity).
United Way Toronto & York Region is a charity working to advance the common good and create opportunities for a better life for everyone in our city. Working in partnership with others, we mobilize people and resources to address the root causes of social problems and to change community conditions for the better. Establised in 1956, United Way supports agencies that provide services to strengthen individuals, families and communities (www.unitedwaytoronto.com) .
YMCA of Greater Toronto is a charity focused on community support and development. Our aim is to provide every individual in our community with opportunities for personal growth, community involvement, and leadership. By making connections, collaborating, and mirroring our region’s diversity, we believe we can become the network that binds our many neighbourhoods into one city, one country, and one world (www.ymcagta.org) .
The following organizations provided generous financial support to help make the Black Experience Project possible.
The following organizations provided important support to the Black Experience Project in a variety of ways, such as promoting the project within their networks, hosting community events, providing volunteers, and offering venue space.