33rd School Social Work Symposium

November 12, 2020, 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM


Courageous Conversations About Anti-Black Racism
Keynote Address by Kike Ojo-Thompson, Founder of the Kojo Institute

The OASW School Social Work Advisory Group is pleased to announce that the 33rd School Social Work Symposium will be taking place virtually on November 12, 2020.  Mark your calendars for this one of a kind, exceptional event for School Social Workers, educators, allied professionals and senior leaders in education, alike!
This year’s theme is “Courageous Conversations About Anti-Black Racism” and we are thrilled to welcome Kike Ojo-Thompson, founder and principal consultant of the Kojo Institute for our keynote address.

An award-winning expert on equity, inclusion and diversity, Kike specializes in developing, facilitating and implementing innovative solutions for creating equity at an institutional level. A dynamic speaker and educator who artfully balances tact and honesty, Kike has over 20 years of experience leading engaging and effective workshops, lectures, mediations, and trainings for a broad range of organizations eager to create equitable outcomes for their staff and clients.

In addition to her equity work with Kojo Institute, Kike is a member of the Ontario Human Rights Community Advisory Committee, was formerly the senior facilitator for the province’s carding review team, and formerly project lead for One Vision One Voice, a first-of-its-kind initiative tasked with addressing anti-Black racism in the child welfare system.


Join Us for a Panel Discussion...

33rd School Social Work Symposium Recordings Now Available…

Keynote Address:
"Courageous Conversations About Anti-Black Racism," by Kike Ojo-Thompson, available exclusively to OASW members.

Panel Discussion: "From Conversation to Action," available to the public.

From Conversation to Action

Tangible ways to dismantle anti-Black racism in our schools and engage in transformative change at the individual, school and board levels.

Moderated By: Tracey Grose, MSW, RSW - Culturally Responsive School Mental Health Practices Lead for SMH-ON
Tracey Grose holds an MSW degree from the University of Georgia and a certificate in School Social Work from Wayne State University. She has worked in children’s community mental health in Detroit,   Michigan and Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. After returning to Ontario, Tracey obtained a permanent position as the first Black social worker, with the Durham District Board of Education.  Tracey has been involved in many initiatives including as an Executive member of the Durham Black Educators Network, facilitator of Community Connection for the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid  Societies’ “One Vision, One Voice” study, community representative on the African Canadian adaptation of Stop Now and Plan (SNAP) and she is currently the Chair of the Ontario Association of Social Workers'  School Social Work Advisory Group. Most recently, Tracey has assumed the role of Culturally Responsive School Mental Health Practices Lead with School Mental Health Ontario.


Featured Panelists:


Patricia Codner, MSW, RSW - Chief Social Worker, HCDSB
Patricia Codner, MSW, RSW, is a Black woman, wife, mother, grandmother, and a professional social worker. She has been in the field of Social Work for over 36 years. Patricia is currently the Chief Social Worker at Halton Catholic District School Board. Patricia spent 15 years in the Child Welfare setting, both in Peel and Halton Region and 21 years of experience in the Educational system. She is actively involved in collaborative community initiatives, with the objective to support students/families to achieve wellbeing and academic success by removing all barriers that hinder their growth and development. Patricia is also a past winner of the School Social Worker OASW provincial award.



Dexter Voisin, PhD - Dean of the University of Toronto’s Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work

Professor Voisin is Dean of the University of Toronto’s Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, and the Sandra Rotman Chair in Social Work. Prior to his appointment, he was Professor at the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago for two decades. Voisin’s scholarship examines the impact of structural, neighborhood and police violence on the life chances and behavioral trajectories of urban youth and the protective factors that protect youth in the presence of such adversities. His latest project is a book entitled America the Beautiful and Violent: Black Youth and Neighborhood Trauma in Chicago.


Camille Williams-Taylor, M.Ed, Dip. Ed, B.A., Director of Education, OCDSB
Over a thirty year career, Camille Williams-Taylor has worked in education settings from Winnipeg to Montreal, with the better part of her career spent in schools and education systems in Ontario. A graduate of the University of Manitoba and McGill University, Camille is currently serving as the Director of Education for the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board which is a district of 147 schools and over 75,000 students.  Her previous experiences in education include roles at the Ministry of Education, York University's Faculty of Education and at a number of school districts including Durham, Toronto and Peel.  While her experiences are varied, Camille's commitment to student achievement through teaching excellence and equitable opportunities has been and continues to be the common thread. She believes that educators must ensure that each and every student has the tools to unleash their potential and author their own story. Camille is a wife, and a mother to three daughters.

Colinda Clyne, Curriculum Lead for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education, UGDSB
Colinda Clyne is Anishinaabe kwe (Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg) and Curriculum Lead for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education, Upper Grand District School Board. An educator for 28 years, Colinda has been leading and facilitating professional development for over 19 years. Her work is grounded in relationships, within her local community, school communities and beyond. Colinda also works as a writer and Indigenous content consultant for a number of Canadian publishers. She is the host of the podcast, Anti-Racist Educator Reads.


Camille Logan, PhD - Superintendent of Education, YRDSB
Dr. Camille Logan is a Superintendent of Education in the York Region District school board serving schools (K-12).  Camille brings almost three decades of educational experience focused on equity, inclusion, and anti-oppressive practice in school and system leadership. Camille’s career includes secondments to a Faculty of Education and the Ministry of Education. Due to her extensive knowledge in the area of equity, inclusivity, and anti-oppressive practice, she has been involved in the development of policies, guidelines, and resources at school board, provincial and ministry levels. Camille has dedicated her career and scholarship to work that ensures that all students, regardless of circumstance or their social identities have access to educational opportunities to achieve their full potential, dreams and success.