June Yee

Associate Professor
Academic Coordinator of the Internationally Educated Social Work Professionals Bridging Program
School of Social Work | Ryerson University

RCSIA_June-YeeJune’s research focuses on race and racism, whiteness, and white supremacy to tackle structural intersectionality and the contradictions and complexities of multiple positionalities. In her practice, June is committed to finding creative and different ways to systemically change the quality of access and equity measures used in direct practice service work.

Currently, she is engaged in research on how to implement an anti-oppressive framework in child welfare that is used by various Children’s Aid Societies in Ontario.  As Principal and Co-Principal Investigator, June has worked on a number of external peer-reviewed grants, including a CIHR and Institute of Neurosciences, Mental health and Addiction funded study “Striving for Best Practices and Equitable Mental health Care Access for Racialised Communities in Toronto,” and a Canadian Heritage and Human Resources and Skills Development Funded project “Examining Systemic and Individual Barriers by Ethno-Racial Minority Social Workers in Mainstream Agencies:  A community Project.”  In 2002, June received the Professor of the Year Award for her excellence in research, teaching, and scholarship at Ryerson.  In 2008, she was co-awarded the Ontario Association of Social Workers Social Work Leaders Award for her contribution to the creation of the Internationally Educated Social Work Professionals Bridging Program.  She has also co-authored the article “Is Anti-Oppression Teaching in Canadian Schools of Social Work a Form of Neo-Liberalism?”

Research Projects

2014 – Part 3 of 3: Anti-Oppressive Evaluative Operational Plans of 16 Departments of Peel Children’s Aid (PCA). Mississauga, Canada: Peel Children’s Aid.
Co-Principal Investigators:June Yee and Helen Wong



2013 – Anti-Oppression Readiness Assessment of Halton Children’s Aid Society. Burlington, Canada: Halton Children’s Aid Society. 
Co-Principal Investigators: June Yee and Helen Wong




2012 – Part 2 of 3: Environmental Scan of Peel Children’s Aid (PCA): Applying the Anti-Oppression Framework for Child Welfare in Ontario To Bring About Systemic Change at PCA – Putting Anti-Oppression Into Action, pp. 1-74. Mississauga, Ontario: Peel Children’s Aid.
Co-Principal Investigators: June Yee and Helen Wong



2012 – Part 1 of 3: Towards Anti-Oppressive Organizational Change: A Review of the Literature on Disproportionality and Disparity and Organizational Change, pp. 1-39. Mississauga, Canada: Peel Children’s Aid.
Co-Principal Investigators: June Yee and Helen Wong
Authored By: Shashiah, S., Yee, J. Y. and Wong, H.



2010 – An Anti-Oppression Framework for Child Welfare in Ontario, pp. 1-52. Toronto, Canada: The Ontario Child Welfare Anti-Oppression Roundtable.
Co-Principal Investigators: June Yee and Helen Wong



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Selected Publications

  • Yee, J. Y. & Dumbrill, G. (2016). Whiteout:  Still looking for race in Canadian social work practice. In Alean Al-Krenawi and John Graham. Diversity and Social Work in Canada. 2nd edition. (pp. 13-37). Toronto, Canada:  Oxford University Press.
  • Yee, J. Y., Hackbusch, C., & Wong, H. (2015). An anti-oppression (AO) framework for child welfare in Ontario, Canada: Possibilities for systemic change. British Journal of Social Work, 45(2), 474-492. doi:10.1093/bjsw/bct141
  • Yee, J.Y. (2015). Whiteness and White Supremacy in Social Work, pp. 569-574. In Wright, J. (Ed), International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Social Work. 2nd edition. Oxford, U.K.:  Elesvier.
  • Yee, J. Y., Marshall, Z. & Vo, T. (2014). Challenging Neo-Colonialism and Essentialism: Incorporating Hybridity into New Conceptualizations of Settlement Service Delivery with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Queer Immigrant Young People. Critical Social Work, 15(1), pp. 88-103
  • Yee, J. Y., Wong, H. & Schlabitz, T. (2014). Beyond Inclusion Training:  Changing Human Service and Public Organizations. In M. Cohen and C. Hyde (Eds.), Empowering Workers and Clients for Organizational Change (pp. 135-155). Chicago, Ill:  Lyceum Books, Inc.