McGill Black Faculty & Staff Caucus

The McGill Black Faculty and Staff Caucus was established to cultivate a nurturing learning and working environment for Black faculty and staff.



Charmaine Nelson

Professor of Art History in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies. She has made ground-breaking contributions to the fields of the Visual Culture of Slavery, Race and Representation, Black Canadian Studies and is the author of seven books. 

Equity Advisor  

Sara Pierre

Sara Pierre is the Employment Equity Advisor. She supports the recruitment, hiring, retention and promotion of underrepresented administrative and support staff. 

Emeritus Professor
Glyne Piggott

Emeritus Professor in the Department of Linguistics, former Chair of Linguistics and former Associate Dean of Arts.

Advisory Committee Member

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Assistant Professor

Wendell Nii Laryea Adjetey

Assistant Professor in the Department of History. He specializes in post-Reconstruction United States, the African American experience and the intersections of the United States, Canada, and African Diaspora.

Adelle Blackett

Ad. E., Professor at the Faculty of Law and Canada Research Chair in Transnational Labour Law and Development. Her interests are in transnational labour law, slavery and the law, the regulation of domestic work, law of international organizations, and Critical Race Theory.

Founding Convener 
Summer/ Fall 2020)

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Claudine Bordenave

Associate of the Career Development Office at the Faculty of Law. She specializes in communications and events management, working closely with students associations and legal employers.

Winter 2021 Convener

Diversity Officer 

Pascale Caidor

Diversity Officer at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. She oversees the development and implementation of diversity initiatives in the Social Accountability and Community Engagement Office. She is co-chair of the Racialized and Ethnic Persons group (Joint Board Senate Committee on Equity). 

Assistant Professor
Régine Débrosse

Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work. She examines the experiences of communities of colour, whether Black or from immigrant backgrounds, and asks how the way people view who they are impacts who they want to be, and how they forge community bonds.

Associate Professor

Mbaye Diouf

Associate Professor in french and francophone literatures at the Département des littératures de langue française, de traduction et de création (DLTC). He researches postcolonial and geocriticism theories, and francophone feminine novel and writings. 

Assistant Professor Charles Gyan

Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work. His research and teaching interests include social policy change, refugees and immigrants’ well-being, transnational social work practice, poverty and social inequality, and community development. 

Associate Professor   Patricia Faison Hewlin

Associate Professor at the Desautels Faculty of Management and Students Ombudsperson. Her research focuses on employee silence, authenticity and self-presentation, minority group status dynamics, conformity and leadership. 

Assistant Professor
Philip S. S. Howard

Assistant Professor in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education.  His interests are in Black studies, Critical Race Studies, and decolonial thought in education.

Winter 2021 Convener

Assistant Professor

Alicia Boatswain-Kyte

Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work. She is a social justice advocate and critical race scholar.

Assistant Professor 

Myrna Lashley

Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry. She specializes in race, culture and security.

Equity Program Administrator  

Charlene Lewis-Sutherland

Equity Education Program Administrator at Teaching and Learning Services. Her areas of focus are the creation and support of equity centered living and learning environments

Associate Professor at the School of Social Work. She researches refugee and immigrant issues, particularly refugee resettlement, sponsorship and reunification, as well as Indigenous social work education and Indigenous social and educational policies.

Course Lecturer

Sabrina N. Jafralie

Course Lecturer in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education. Her teaching and research interests include Teacher Education, Religious Literacy, and Anti-Racism Education. She is a social justice activist and the co-founder of the Centre for Civic Religious Literacy (CCRL).

Associate Professor 

Nicole Ives

Assistant Professor 
Dr. Anita Brown-Johnson

Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Associate Member of the Division of Geriatric Medicine at McGill University, Interim Chief of the MUHC Department of Family Medicine and Director of the Secondary Care Division. She specializes in optimizing care transitions and continuing complex care for elderly and other vulnerable patients.

Advisory Committee Member

Associate Professor 

Loydie Jerome-Majewska

Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and co-Director of the Centre for Research in Reproduction and Development (CRRD). Her research is focused on identifying the molecular and genetic causes of abnormal placental development and craniofacial malformations in newborn infants.

Winter 2021 Convener


Fackson Mwale

Professor and Graduate Program Director in the Department of Surgery.  He is also a Senior Investigator at the Lady Davis Institute and past President of the Canadian Orthopaedic Research Society. His research focuses on the repair of  degenerated intervertebral disc and osteoarthritis.

Associate Professor

Khalid Mustafa Medani

Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Institute for Islamic Studies, and Chair of the African Studies Program. His research and teaching interests include African politics, Islam and politics, informal economies, Middle East politics, civil conflict and social movements in the Horn of Africa.

Associate Professor  
Debra Thompson

Associate Professor of Political Science. She is a leading scholar of the comparative politics of race, with research interests that focus on the relationships among race, the state, and inequality in democratic societies. 

Equity Advisor

Shanice Yarde

Equity Education Advisor in the Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic). Her portfolio focuses on anti-oppression and anti-racism education and she is primarily available for workshop facilitation and advising support for faculty and staff. 

Senior Development Officer

Joy Bennett

In her role as Senior Development Officer, she is charged with strengthening alumni relations with the University, while ensuring the financial sustainability of programming at the Desautels Faculty of Management through philanthropic donations for student awards, bursaries, scholarships and infrastructure.

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