BSW, MSW, PhD (in progress)
Associate Director, Field Education
School of Social Work | Ryerson University
Jennifer Clarke has an interest in anti-Black racism and critical race perspectives in child welfare and K-12 education, particularly in putting a critical race lens on public policies such as school safety. Her work has included community organizing and activism on a variety of social issues such as surveillance and criminalization of Black mothers and youth, racial profiling, carding, Black youth exclusion from school, violence prevention, newcomer youth, youth mental health, settlement work, grief & loss and critical policy analysis. She has worked as a consultant, social worker, research and program evaluation co-ordinator, program manager, and other positions within community-based organizations. She is nearing completion of a SSHRC funded connections grant for a conference titled: Anti-Black Racism: Criminalization, Community and Resistance. In addition, she is working on a SSHRC Partnership Grant with PI: Dr. Henry Parada titled: Rights for Children and Youth Partnership: Strengthening Collaboration in the Americas. Jennifer is also very interested in social work field education and creating innovative field placement opportunities for social work students through alternative field practica. Jennifer is currently co-editing a book on youth mental health with Drs. Soheila Pashang and Nazilla Khanlou. Besides her teaching and research responsibilities, Jennifer sits on numerous committees across the university and in the social work profession.
Criminalization, Community, and Resistance
Principal Investigator: Akua Benjamin
Co-Applicant: Jennifer Clarke
Funding: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Connections Grant ($25,000)
Rights for Children and Youth Partnership: Strengthening Collaboration in the Americas
Principal Investigator: Henry Parada
Collaborator: Jennifer Clarke
Funding: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Partnership Grant ($4,216,583)
Advancing the Pedagogy of Anti-Black Racism: A Multi-University Symposium
Co-Principal Investigators: Jennifer Clarke, Gordon Pon
Funding: Ryerson University, Teaching Diversity Grant (TDG) ($5,000)
50 Years of Black Activism
Co-Principal Investigators: Jennifer Clarke, Akua Benjamin, Gordon Pon, Annette Bailey
Funding: Ryerson University, Faculty of Community Services Seed Grant ($5,000)
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- Clarke, J., Pon, G., Benjamin, A., & Bailey, A. (2015). Ethnicity, race, oppression, and social work: The Canadian case. The International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioural Sciences, 2nd Edition, Area 2, 8, 152-156.
- Bailey, A., Hannays-King, C., Clarke, J., Lester, E., Velasco, D. (2013). Black mothers’ cognitive process of finding meaning and building resilience after loss of a child to gun violence. British Journal of Social Work, Special Issue Death and Social Work, 43, 2, 336-354.
- Ajandi, J., Preston, S. Clarke, J. (2012). Portfolio-based teaching and learning: The portfolio as critical praxis with social work students. Critical Social Work, 14, 1.
- Clarke, J. (2012). Beyond child protection: Afro-Caribbean users of child welfare. Special Issue: African Communities Transforming: A Different Mirror. Journal of Progressive Human Services, 23, 3, 223-257.
- Clarke, J., Aiello, O., Chau, K., Atcha, Z., Rashidi, M., Amaral, S. (2012). Uprooting social work education. LEARNing Landscapes, 6, 1, 81-105.