Our team brings Afrocentric/Afro-Indigenous- informed approach to promoting wellness through research, advocacy and direct community practice.


Eve Mpofu, MACP, RPQ.


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Fanis Juma, MSW, RSW


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Chantal Niyochuti, BA, BSW


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In our governance we seek to embody values of Afro-Indigenous Eldership as well as Inter-generational Leadership. We are privileged to be steered by diverse African leaders who have contributed decades of knowledge and service in communities of African descent living in Ontario and across the globe.

Dr. Funke Oba

Board Member

Funke is a Social Work professor at the Ryerson University School of Social Work. She has contributed several years of leadership and service in a number of communities across Canada including the Waterloo Region.

Dr. Magnus Mfoafo-M’Carthy

Board Member

Magnus is an professor at the Laurier Faculty of Social Work. He has more than 15 years of social work practice experience in New York, British Columbia and Ontario. He has worked with individuals diagnosed with serious mental illness and HIV/AIDS, adolescent sex offenders, youth in conflict with the law and in community based mental health.

Dr. George Dei

Board Member

George is a professor at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. He is known for his anti-racist research, particularly on anti-racist approaches to education. He is also known for his advocacy for African-focused schools in Canada

Dr. Lamine Diallo

Board Member

Lamine is an Associate Professor at Laurier’s Leadership Program and the founder of the Tshepo Institute for the Study of Contemporary Africa. Lamine has worked for several years developing leadership and governance among communities of African descent.

Dalia Elawad

Board Member

Dalia is a Professor of Liberal Studies at Humber College and holds a Master’s from McMaster University in Gender studies and Feminist research. She also holds a Master’s from WLU in Cultural Analysis and Social Theory. She is currently a PhD candidate with an interest in representations in Diaspora Art

Dr. Elizabeth Opiyo

Board Member & Food Security Advisor

With PhD from UW in Health Geography, Elizabeth is a Queen Elizabeth Scholar (QES) postdoctoral fellow/visiting scholar at Wilfrid Laurier University and Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA) where her research work is on the role of formal and informal social protection systems in boosting food security status of urban households.

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