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.



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Assistant Professor

Alicia Boatswain-Kyte

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


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

Co-convener (Mutuality – Logistics and Alumni Relations)

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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.


Program Administrator
Iyman Ahmed

Program Administrator with the Social Accountability and Community Engagement office (SACE), Iyman works collaboratively with student organizations, faculty, staff and community members to develop a Community of Support program for Black students interested in pursuing medical school and other health care professions at McGill’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.

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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.

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)

Advisory Committee Member

Chair, Faculty of Law hiring committee, 2016 – 2020

Winter 2021 Convener

Provostial delegate for Black hires (2021-2022)


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.

Co-convener (Montreal Black Community Engagement)

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Assistant Professor 

Myrna Lashley

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

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Program Manager: Anti-Black Racism Action Plan
Karen Diop

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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. 

Charged with oversight of the implementation of all Action Plan commitments, a component of Karen’s role includes supporting initiatives to increase representation and career opportunities for all Black staff as well as strengthening collaborations with the Bellairs Research Institute.


Administrative Officer
Anne Farray

Anne Farray is a member of the Grenada Nationals Association of Montreal and Spice Island Cultural Day Association of Quebec.  She was an Executive member of the NDG Black Community Association, Cote des Neiges Black Community Association and the Elizabeth House Foundation Board.  She co-chaired the McGill University Centraide Campaign Committee. In February 2020, Anne-Janice was recognized in the McGill Reporter for her 40 years of service to the university and community. Anne Farray is currently the administrative officer at the Institute of Islamic Studies.

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Faculty  Lecturer
Stephen De Four-Wyre

 Stephen Defour-Wyer is a faculty lecturer in organizational behavior at the Desaultes faculty of management. In addition to practicing law,  De Four-Wyre has a parallel career as a university lecturer; he currently teaches at both McGill and Concordia. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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

Provostial delegate for Indigenous hires (2019-2020)

Co-convener (Accountability – Extended History Project)

Provostial delegate for Black hires (2021-2022)

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Associate Professor 

Nicole Ives

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.

Co-convener (Black Flourishing - Presentations)

Provostial delegate for Black hires (2021-2022)

Associate Professor   Patricia Faison Hewlin

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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).

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Associate Professor 

Loydie Jerome-Majewska


Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Dentistry
Pascaline Kengne Talla

Her research focuses on community outreach and innovation for an equitable and inclusive oral health care

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

Co-convener (Inclusive Excellence – Hiring & Retention)

Provostial delegate for Black hires (2021-2022)


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

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BIPOC Wellness Advisor 
Myrie Marcelin

Myrlie Marcelin holds a Master’s in Social Work (MSW), is a recent graduate of the Couple-and-Family Therapy Master's (CFT) at McGill University, and a soon-to-be psychotherapist.  Working with a systemic and attachment-focused framework, she has supported clients with depression, anxiety disorders, interpersonal difficulties, relationship concerns, emotional dysregulation, conjugal violence, and complex trauma. As a private practice clinician and BIPOC wellness advisor, Myrlie works towards empowering, supporting and critically exploring individuals, couples and families in a therapeutic capacity.

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Black Student Affairs Liaison
Antoine-Samuel Mauffette Alavo

Antoine is responsible for connecting with and supporting Black students across McGill at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, to ensure that their needs and interests are communicated effectively to the University and addressed in a timely and effective manner. He also works on developing opportunities for students as well as community outreach to Montreal's Black community.

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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.

Co-Chair,  Provost’s Working Group on African and Black Studies

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Academic Associate –School of Social Work
Nicole Mitchell

Nicole Mitchell is the MSW Field Coordinator,  Student Support Coordinator, U3 Advisor and a Course Lecturer within McGill’s School of Social Work. Nicole is a graduate of the BSW and MSW program at McGill University and also holds a degree in Special Care Counselling (Éducation Spécialisée). Nicole has worked with a wide variety of populations in her clinical practice (mental health, Indigenous communities, homeless populations, older adults, etc.) and now aims to motivate and inspire the next generation of social workers.



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.

Provostial delegate for Black hires (2021-2022)

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Assistant Professor R. Nanre Nafziger 

R. Nanre Nafziger is an

Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Education. Her interests are in critical education studies; decolonization and African/Black studies in education; youth participatory action research; critical youth studies; African/Black social movements; non-profits in the Global South. 

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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. 

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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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Clinical Supervisor
Fahimy Saoud

Fahimy Saoud, a proud mother of 3, practices family medicine, is a CMPA Council member and a Long term care worker at the Emergency Department MUHC-Campus Lachine. Additionally Fahimy acts as a clinical supervisor at IMG clinic- Ste Mary’s Hospital.

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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. 

Co-Chair,  Provost’s Working Group on African and Black Studies

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Assistant Dean (Admissions & Recruitment)  Faculty of Law
Brittany Williams

Oversees the admissions process and student recruitment activities for the BCL/JD double-degree program. Brittany also works to in advance priorities relating to equity and inclusion, including the recruitment of Black and Indigenous candidates.


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. 


Project Administrator
Nikita Boston-Fisher

Project Administrator in the School of Population and Global Health. Among her many interests are health equity, cultural safety, community engagement, health promotion and project management.

Co-convener (Black Flourishing – Staff Relations)

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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

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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). 

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Assistant Professor
Sarah Riley Case

Boulton Junior Fellow (2021) and Assistant Professor (2022) at the Faculty of Law. Her interests are in colonialisms, legal relations to the natural world, slavery and the law, Black Studies, international and domestic law formations, Third World Approaches to International Law, Critical Race Theory, queer theories, and the liberatory potential of arts.


Dean of the Desautels Faculty of Management
Yolande E. Chan

Dean of the Desaultes Faculty of Management and James McGill Professor. Her research focuses on knowledge management, digital innovation and entrepeneurship, Information Technology (IT) strategy, and business-IT alignment. 

Honorary Member

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Faculty Lecturer
Kimani Daniel

Assistant Professor at the Ingram School of Nursing in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Her clinical background and interests are in perinatal health and high-risk obstetrics, interprofessional simulation, and anti-racism pedagogy. 

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